|Strydom van der Merwe|
Strijdom van der Merwe (1961 - ) is a South African land artist who uses materials he finds on site to create his artworks. His materials include sand, water, wood, rocks and stone. By shaping these elements into geometric forms he juxtaposes the contrast between artwork and environment, growth and destruction. Van Der Merwe studied art at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, after which he studied printing in Utrecht and sculpture in Prague. He was also a full time artist at the Kent Institute of Art and Design in Canterbury, England. Van Der Merwe's work is frequently exhibited in galleries throughout South Africa. He has done commissions throughout the world, including South Korea, Turkey, France, Belgium, Sweden, Japan, Italy and Australia.