Rather than presenting a 'world of certainty' Michaela Rinaldi creates a complex
environment which stimulates the viewer to engage in their own creative process.


'I don't have a big story. I am not an intellectual, I paint because I love it.'

Ultimately, the works speak of human emotion, relationships and interaction in a
21st century context, the idea of a reality that is continually in a state of flux or dissolution.


Michaela Rinaldi shares her story with many women across the globe.  Her love for fine art was buried amidst a turbulent live of marriage and raising children. She turned to a full time artist career in 2011. Michaela Rinaldi lives and works from Kommetjie, Cape Town.


My story is no different to anyone else’s, but it’s mine… My healing, my soul on a canvas,
my way of connecting to society through an art piece. You may recognize masculine and feminine, broken, fixed, full and empty geometric and organic, black, and colourful, love and hatred…
All conflicts within myself. My work is abstract figurative… The figures representing facets of myself, either alone or in society, calm or lost in chaos, hiding or glimpses through windows and coverings, faceted out of colour. This is my story thus far…

As my journey continues I emerge happier and whole hearted. I hope you can enjoy my work for what you feel…what it stirs in you and how it resonates with you.

My journey does not need to be understood. Only yours.

Up Close

Michaela Rinaldi is a true “Sturm & Drang” (storm and urge) artist, of the 21st century. She presents a body of work in which individual subjectivity and, in particular, extremes of emotion are given free expression in reaction to the perceived constraints of rationalism imposed by an age of science.

Michaela approaches visual art without any preconceived ideas, for her the canvas is a medium to transport a feeling. Her predominantly abstract figurative work speaks of what happens in that very moment, right there inside herself.

She has developed a signature visual language that challenges an intellectual approach to contemporary art, inviting the viewer to disengage from rational thought processes in order to reconnect to the emotional layers of human existence.

Her works explore contemporary arrangements of space, boundaries, individuality and collectivity, physicality and immateriality whether she presents ink drawings reduced to minimalism or large paintings screaming colour and complexity; she must be reckognized as one of the most original voices in contemporary South African fine art.

Selected Works


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Local artist Michaela Rinaldi chats to VISI about the inspirations and influences for her colourful and emotive works.

How did you get involved in art?

It has always been my love and passion from childhood, but I never pursued it after school, as starting a family required a stable income. When I resigned from my job in sales five years ago, it was a given that it was time to follow my heart and my passion and start painting again.

What inspires and influences your work?

My work is influenced by my personal journey; one of introspection, a therapy I go to daily. It’s a gift that has changed my life in so many ways.

What mediums do you use?

Primarily acrylics. I work quite quickly, so it suits my style. I also love charcoal and ink, which I use a lot, and I love experimenting with gold and copper leaf.

Are there any artists you admire?

Irma Stern’s portraits are utterly beautiful to me, as well as William Kentridge’s use of ink and line. Robert Hodgins and Ilana Seati’s figurative work and use of colour inspires me too. The list goes on…

Describe your work in four words.

Colourful. Figurative. Linear. Bold.


Exhibitions at ODA

‘A Moment In Time’

solo exhibition, Oct 2016


solo exhibition, March – April 2018




Video |Michaela Rinaldi | studio visit


Exhibition Catalogue | ‘A Moment in Time’ solo show


Previous exhibitions

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“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.”
(Auguste Rodin)

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