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Originally from Reunion Island, Julie Ah-Fa moved to South Africa almost 10 years ago and is currently a producer for TV commercials and an artist. Julie studied botanical art painting under Ann Harris and has always enjoyed exploring different mediums, including pencil, charcoal and oil. In recent years, botanical art and watercolour have played a defining role in her work. Watercolour allows her to accurately translate the delicacy of plants and the transparency of the lively colours.
She does not have a preferred plant or subject, but works according to the immediate inspiration and curiosity she feels for each plant she paints.
She exhibited previously at the Johannesburg Botanical Art Exhibition with BAASA and was awarded a Bronze Medal for her first participation at the 2013 Kirstenbosch Biennale. She is one of the few artists invited to participate in the prestigious Florilegium de Grootbos. The Grootbos Florilegium is the culmination of four and a half years of collaboration representing the rare, endemic and endangered species of the Cape fynbos of the Southern Overberg. It is a truly global project featuring celebrated artists from South Africa, Zimbabwe, the UK, Germany, Japan, Korea, Italy, the USA, the Netherlands, Brazil and Reunion. Julie Ah-Fa portrayed 3 plants (Aristea capitata, Hermannia joubertiana and endangered Lampranthus tenuifolius) in the Florilegium, including pollinators and habitat. The paintings are displayed in the recently launched dedicated Hannerie Wennhold art gallery.

  • September 2022 – Hannerie Wenhold Botanical Art Gallery – Grootbos, South Africa
  • January 2020 – Lady Cynthia Tait exhibition – Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa
  • July 2019 – Botanical Expressions from South Africa – Botanical Garden of Mascarin, Reunion Island
  • June 2019 – Volcanos and Dragons – Kab’Art Galerie, Reunion Island
  • July 2018 – Plantes de la Réunion et d’Afrique du Sud, une même passion – solo exhibition – Botanical Garden of Mascarin, Reunion Island
  • May 2018 – Botanical Art Worldwide – Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • November 2016 – Birds, bugs and botanicals – The Gables Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • September 2016 – Witness Garden Show – Royal Show Grounds,  Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
  • May 2015 – Johannesburg Botanical Art Exhibition – Morningside, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • October 2014 – IWSSA exhibition – Bedfordview, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • September 2014 – 21st World Orchid Conference – Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • September 2013 – Kirstenbosch Biennale – Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa
  • August 2013 – Botanical Art Exhibition – Art Lovers Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
  • May 2012 – Johannesburg Botanical Art Exhibition – Morningside, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • May 2011 – Johannesburg Botanical Art Exhibition – Morningside, Johannesburg, South Africa
If you wish to purchase a painting or print, or if you would like to commission a painting, please Contact Me.
© 2022 Julie AH-FA