Ingrid E Uys was born in 1985 in Ermelo, Mpumalanga. Growing up in small towns like Kroonstad, Clarens, Middelburg, and Harrismith, she spent most of her childhood days painting and drawing the world around her. Her exposure to nature, open spaces, different places and people nurtured a curiosity in the world around her, and creating drawings and paintings served as a means to collect those moments and memories, expressing herself and her thoughts. After years of art classes in different studios in different towns, Ingrid Uys completed her BA Fine Art Degree in 2007 at the University of Pretoria, specializing in oil painting under the tutelage of Diane Victor, Philip Badenhorst, and Rina Stutzer.
Ingrid pursued her career as a full time artist, moving to Jhb in 2009, participating in numerous group exhibitions with Erdmann Contemporary and Halifax Art. During this time, she completed commissioned artworks for the South African Embassy, along with artists Diane Victor, Jan van der Merwe, and Bongi Bengu.
In 2016, Ingrid’s first solo exhibition “This Fleeting Forever” was hosted by Halifax Art in Johannesburg, with Diane Victor, her previous lecturer and mentor, as the opening speaker. Since that time, her scope of representing galleries have grown to include White River Gallery, Carol Lee Fine Art, and Lizamore and Associates. Over the past three consecutive years, she has been successfully represented by the White River Gallery at RMB Turbine Art Fair, (2018, 2019, 2020). In addition, the White River Gallery represented her work at Design Jhb in 2019.
Ingrid’s art has been included in an auction hosted by RMB and Lizamore and Associates, having donated her work in aid of Surgeons for Little Lives. Passionate about supporting children’s causes, Ingrid has also donated her work to raise funds for the Goldilocks and the Bear Foundation.
Her work is currently part of numerous international collections of note, private and corporate. Ingrid aims to expand her technique and medium to include printmaking in the near future. Ingrid Uys currently lives and works in Johannesburg, and is married with two daughters.