Manuela Holzer was born into a creative Austrian family. Her late Viennese grandmother, Grete Zimmer, was a famous actress in Austria and was also well known in many parts of Germany and Switzerland. Manuela matriculated from the Deutsche Internationale Schule Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2008 and thereafter decided to pursue her passion for art. She initially studied at the University of Witwatersrand where she completed her Bachelor in Fine Art in 2012. In 2013 she completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education cum laude at the University of Johannesburg. Thereafter Manuela moved to the Western Cape to study further and received a Master’s degree in Visual Art from the University of Stellenbosch in 2016. She currently resides in Cape Town and furthers her artistic practice by creating sculptures of the female figure in various media exploring the notion of the internal shadow.




2016 The Shadow of Nude Existence, Gallery of the University of Stellenbosch



2021 (Un)Infecting the City Festival, Cape Town

2021 Thread(ed): Interlacing Womxn of the 21st Century, Association of Arts in Pretoria 

2020 Dyman Gallery in Stellenbosch

2020 Phantasmagoria, Online Art Exhibition, Lizamore & Associates Gallery

2019 Jan Celliers Art Exhibition, Johannesburg

2019 Ebony Gallery in Franschhoek

2019 The Boutique Gallery in Sint-Martens Latem, Belgium

2017 Turbine Art Fair, Candice Berman Gallery, Newtown, Johannesburg,

2017 Cape Town Art Fair (CTAF2017), Candice Berman Gallery, Cape Town

2015 Introspection, Gallery of the University of Stellenbosch

2014 The Distance to Here, Gallery of the University of Stellenbosch

2012 Fourth year Art Auction, Afronova Gallery Space, Johannesburg

2012 Fourth year Graduation Show, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg



2017 Indian Runner Duck (1.6m high bronze), Vergenoegd Wine Estate, Stellenbosch



2020 until present: PhD candidate in Creative Arts Production at the University of Pretoria

2016 Masters in Visual Art, University of Stellenbosch

2013 Post Graduate Certificate of Education, University of Johannesburg

2012 Bachelor in Fine Art, University of Witwatersrand

2008 Matriculated from the Deutsche Internationale Schule zu Johannesburg

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