Artist To Watch: Maria Magdalena

Meet Maria Magdalena of Atelier.

Maria Magdalena van Wyk was born in 1988 in the small town of Port Elizabeth where she was raised near the Indian Ocean with a mother who passed on her love of art, theatre and literature. 

Named according to traditional Afrikaans naming customs: second daughter named after the paternal grandmother, she share her name with her grandmother and two cousins. After completing her Bachelor of Technology in Graphic Design at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University she packed her City Golf and drove to Cape Town with her brother. 

Maria has been living and working in Cape Town for the past six years as a the senior packaging designer for a company based in Woodstock. Maria’s store Maria Magdalena Atelier originated in October 2014 when she launched her first range of limited edition fine art prints. The brand grew quite rapidly after her work was featured online and in print, and even more so when she was selected as an Emerging Creative at the International Design Indaba 2015. 

“It has been such a privilege exhibiting my original artworks in New York, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban…and I am excited to see my brand grow into an artisan homeware collection.” says Maria.

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Original article published by Maria Magdalena