Juanita Oosthuizen was born in Calvinia and grew up in the Cape platteland. From an early age she experimented creatively with paper, cloth and plastic – questioning, directing, observing – never settling for that which she found aesthetically displeasing. In the 1990s she joined a corporate gifts company and was responsible for their packaging design. During this time, and after a visit to Europe, she discovered sheet polypropylene and used it successfully in packaging. In 1998 she started her own company – Pepper Plum Designs – manufacturing and designing for the corporate and retail markets using mainly PVC and sheet polypropylene. Her designs included stationery and household items, and she regularly exhibited new designs and products with Design Indaba. Since 2013 she has been working as a professional Artist under the name ‘J by Juanita’ and creating minimalist works, capturing time and its experience.


June 2016 - Interaction, Rust & Vrede Gallery, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa

February 2018 - Interaction/Interaksie, Solo exhibition at Slee Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa November 2018 - Eye of the Beholder, Solo exhibition at Trent Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa


Aug 2015 - Young Blood Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Dec 2016 - Is Art Gallery, Franschhoek, South Africa

March 2017 - South African Movies, Woordfees Exhibition, Stellenbosch, South Africa

April 2017 - Botega Gallery, Oudtshoorn, South Africa

June 2017 - Something Red, Young Blood Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

December 2018 - Small is Great, Group show at Jadite Galleries, New York, USA

March 2019 - Denke/Thoughts with Johan Steyn at Slee Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa


2015 - Joint Winner Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Art Award

2018 - Winner Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Art Award

2018 - Included in the FNB Joburg Art Fair Top 20 contemporary African artists.


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