Full Name: Jaco
Last Name: van den Heever
Contact Details: 083 710 5498
011 837 9720
Bachelor of Technology (B Tech) Degree
Specialisation Field: Visual Art
Institution: University of Johannesburg
Year obtained: 2004
Specialisation Field: Fine Art
Institution: Technikon Witwatersrand
Year obtained: 2003
I am a practising Visual Artist based in Johannesburg who engages with Drawing as my main form of expression. Since 2007, I have taken part in a number of exhibitions that includes:
-Of Dreams and Nightmares, Artspace Johannesburg, February 2012:
My latest solo exhibition considered the chronicles of an ever-changing landscape. It explored our resistance and adaptation towards change. In essence the exhibition commented on a landscape that has changed beyond the recognition of the sheltered, all white town of my youth.
-Skilder met Woorde, Aardklop Festival, Potchefstroom, September 2010:
A collaboration between poets and visual artists. I was teamed up with poet, musician and sociologist Andries Bezuidenhout. Our collaboration focused on memory, personal and collective histories.
-Civilized Violence, Artspace, Johannesburg, June 2010:
This was my first major solo gallery exhibition that explored and commented on the structures that represent core aspects of our supposedly ‘civilized’ world, and all whom engages within it.
-Walking the line, Artspace, Johannesburg, May 2009:
For this exhibition, I exhibited alongside Ian Marley, Toni Ballenden, Jody Olén, Judy Woodbourne, Ernest Korkie, Craig Smith, Colijn Strydom and Elizabeth Gunter. The exhibition was dedicated to the practice of Drawing and Printmaking as art making processes in their own rights.
-DRAFT, University of Johannesburg Art Gallery, September 2007:
In September 2007, I exhibited alongside Dianne Victor, Ian Marley, Carl Jeppe and Gustav Vermeulen, in my first group exhibition, entitled DRAFT. The exhibition aimed to explore and question the practice of Drawing in relation to contemporary South African issues.
-Habitat, Gordart Gallery, Johannesburg, June 2007:
Habitat was my first solo exhibition in a project space environment. It was hosted at Gordart Gallery’s Rainforest Project Room. The body of work produced for this exhibition examined the convoluted meaning of living space in Johannesburg’s diverse socio-political landscape.
Art Bank, City of Johannesburg
Numerous Private Collections
University of Johannesburg
Type of experience
Number of years
Archival Film and Picture Research
Conducting archival film and picture research for the culture and heritage sector _part time
University of Johannesburg (2015)
Teaching Drawing for 1st Year Visual Art for the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA). The course focuses on the essential building blocks of drawing, including perspective, mark making and materials, form, weight and tone, life drawing and gesture_ part-time
February 2013 to present
Programme development and teaching of Visualisation for 1st Year Graphic Design for the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA)_part time
February 2012 to present
Teaching Drawing to 1st year Jewellery Design at the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA)_ part-time
April to November 2012
University of the Witwatersrand (2013)
Teaching Architectural Representation to 1st and 2nd year students at the School of Architecture and Planning _ part-time
February 2012 to present
Vega: The Brand Communications School (February 2006 to June 2011)
Subject Navigator, Vega (2007-2010)
Assisted in the designing and development of the Creative Development curriculum for 1st year in conjunction with the Creative Development Field Navigator.
Oversaw the implementation and moderation of the Creative Development curriculum over all three national campuses – Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.
1st Year Creative Development Navigator, Vega (2006 -June 2011)
Designed, created and taught all 1st year student briefs, ensuring that the core aspects of the learning area, being the stimulation, development and nurturing of creative and conceptual development were met.
Assisted in the delivery of corporate workshops (2007 – 2008)
Workshops were hosted by Vega’s School Navigator, Gordon Cook, and were designed to get employees to realize their creative potential.
Drawing Navigator, Vega (2006 – 2007)
Designed and taught the Drawing curriculum for Vega, which focussed primarily at the core fundamental building blocks of drawing, such as perspective, mark making and materials, form, weight and tone, and the awareness of gesture/ essence inherent in all subject matter.
Technikon Witwatersrand (2003 to 2004)
Part time Drawing lecturer, Technikon Witwatersrand (2003 – 2004)
Assisted in the teaching of the 1st year Drawing curriculum for the Technikon’s Art department.