Artist Statement
Highlights
Short Biography
Curriculum Vitae
Artist Statement
Highlights
Short Biography
Curriculum Vitae

ARTIST STATEMENT

My daily walks, have had a gradual yet dramatic impact on my work the past few years, resulting in major paradigm shifts in my art practice, presently culminating in the ‘ECORGANIC’ series. My heightened awareness of the evolving processes and subtlety of nature’s textures and hues and the impermanence and continuous transformation of life, have infiltrated into the technique and subject matter of my paintings.

My interest in Alchemy is not without reason. I use very little to create rather a lot, and transformation, paradox and the Micro- and Macrocosm- as embedded in Nature, are intuitively expressed through my art. Although I identify with the primitive SOURCE of Creation, I am able to express my feelings in sophisticated paintings which resemble densely layered, intricate organisms and confirm the chaotic vibrancy of life, but which are patiently transformed into a structured order.

I’ve noticed that most of the independent series I have conceptualized so far possess the propensity to develop into impossibly complex organisms that have the capacity to virtually implode upon themselves. However, before they could, I would swing back into a completely new paradoxical style which would be stripped down to the bare essentials and reduced to a calm simplicity. In essence, each one of these styles has the capacity to gradually, through a process of accumulation, grow into a complex, artistic metropolis. I become so entangled, consumed and obsessive with the creative process that I abruptly halt further development, in order to gain some autonomy, clarity and distance.

My earlier works reflect the attitude of an artist delivering an intellectual and controlled ‘monologue’, whereas now, my focus has shifted to the unpredictable rewards that result from several sacred dialogues, in which the opposing forces are reconciled.

My life’s work has, in its expressive and vibrant totality, become a metaphor for the abundance, diversity and endless permutations of creative life.

HIGHLIGHTS

1974 – Completion BA Fine Arts, University of Pretoria, after an initial enrolment for BA Architecture in 1970 and a course change in 1971.Her career spans 40 years (1973 – 2013) which equals more or less 5 exhibitions per year. Up to date: 40 solo exhibitions (14 major)

Selected:

2006 – Gallery at The Orient Hotel
2003 – Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris
2002 – University of Pretoria
1995 – Gallery La Villette, Paris
1994 – United Nations headquarters, New York
1994 – Pretoria Art Museum
1991 – 3 month long retrospective exhibition Karl Hofer Museum, Schloss Ettlingen Germany
1991 – Retrospective exhibition at University of Pretoria.

She also participated in 167 group exhibitions.

Selected:

2013 – ‘A TRIBUTE TO NELSON MANDELA’ Pretoria Art Museum
2013 – ‘INTERRUPTED’ University of Johannesburg Art Gallery
2013 – ‘DIALOGUES? (France-South Africa Seasons) ORANGERIE, Senate, Luxembourg Gardens Paris, France
2012 – ‘THIS PLACE/DISPLACE’ University of Johannesburg Art Gallery
2010 – ‘NELSON MANDELA CELEBRATED’ (July) Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria
2010 – ‘A CULTURAL BRIDGE India/South Africa’ Chowmohalla Palace, Hyderabad, India
2009 – ‘ENVIRO ART WOW’ National Cultural History Museum, Pretoria
2008 – ‘CENTENARY/EEUFEES’, University of Pretoria
2004 – ‘BRETT KEBBLE ART AWARDS’ Juried Johannesburg South Africa
1999 – ‘DA VINCI EXHIBITION’ Friends of the Pretoria Art Museum
1996 – ’50th Birthday CELEBRATION’, Pretoria Art Museum
1996 – ‘CAIRO- S.A.ART IN EGYPT’ Cairo, Egypt
1996 – ‘SPACE TO BREATHE’, Pretoria Art Museum
1995 – ‘MADIBA AUCTION NEW YORK’, N.Y. United States of America
1995 – ‘MADIBA AUCTION’ (John Griffin Auctioneer), Cape Town, South Africa
1995 – Ekurhelini, Kempton Park Art Competition Exhibition Juried
1995 – ‘ARTISTS OF THE GREATER PRETORIA REGION’- UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria
1995 – ‘MINIATURE EXHIBITION’, Pretoria Art Museum
1994 – ‘OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE ABSA GALLERY’, Johannesburg, South Africa
1994 – ‘OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE TRANSVAAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT BUILDING’, Pretoria
1994 – ‘3-MAN EXHIBITION’, Vanderbijlpark Public Library Vaal Triangle Arts Association, Van der Bijlpark, South Africa
1994 – Ekurhelini, Kempton Park Art Competition Exhibition
1993 – ‘FRIEND’S CHOICE’, Pretoria Art Museum
1993 – ‘ARTISTS FROM THE GREATER PRETORIA REGION’ -UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria (Curator Frieda Hattingh)
1993 – ‘MOMENTUM ART 1993’, Pretoria Art Museum
1993 – ‘GROUP EXHIBITION’, Civic Centre, Springs South Africa
1993 – ‘PRETORIA PAINTERS & SCULPTORS (1963-1993)’ Pretoria Art Museum
1991 – ‘CELEBRATIONS’, New Gallery of the SA Arts Association, Pretoria
1989 – ‘MINIATURES 25th Anniversary’ (Friends) Pretoria Art Museum
1988 – ‘FOCUS ON PEOPLE’ Official opening: HUMAN SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL BUILDING’, Pretoria
1987 – ‘PAINTINGS & SCULPTURES BY S.A.GREEK ARTISTS’-Johannesburg Sun & Towers Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa
1987 – ‘LEADING PRETORIA WOMEN ARTISTS’-State Theatre, Pretoria
1986 – ‘CENTENARY ART EXHIBITION’, Pietersburg Art Museum, South Africa
1983 – ‘ARTS FESTIVAL’ Pretoria Art Museum
1983 – ‘CAPE TOWN TRIENNALE FINALISTS’, (juried) Pretoria Art Museum
1983 – ‘CAPE TOWN TRIENNALE FINALISTS’, (juried) Art Museum, Cape Town.
1980 – ‘3-MAN EXHIBITION’, National Museum, (Orange Free State Arts Society) Bloemfontein, OVS, South Africa (Gerhard Marx and Chris Spies)
1973 – ‘GROUP EXHIBITION’, University of Pretoria

Selection of highlights:

2010 – Commissioned by Philippine Embassy to paint 3 South African landscapes for the Ambassadors office.
2008 – Entry on SAHO ‘SA History on Line’
2008 – ‘REBIRTH’ featured on cover of magazine Trinity College Melbourne
2008 – University of Maryland- ‘Rebirth’ chosen as a ‘significant South African Art Piece’ and students asked to construct a 12-page analysis of it.
2007 – Completion of Galleries Petites, in addition to her established Gallery.
2006 – Completion of ‘Idyllirium’ Monumental 4.5x 1.3 meter painting
2003 – Award for Excellence, The Lyceum Club of Greek Women
2002 – Selected artist ‘Boss of the Year’ Award
1998 – Selected artist ‘Reach for the Stars’
1995 – Finalist: ‘Excellence Award’ – Greek Chamber of Commerce.
1994 – A symbolical portrait of Nelson Mandela, titled ‘Rebirth’, earns her the United Nations Art and Philatelic Award, whereby she joins the ranks of Miro, Chagall, Dali, Warhol, Vasarely and others.
1994 – Completion, ‘Precious Circle’
1989 – Commencement ‘Precious Circle’
1986 – Medal for Cultural contribution, South African National Defence Force.
1983 – Establishment of Aleta Michaletos Gallery

3 residencies at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris.

For the past few years she has been a regular contributor to the Greek Newspaper: ‘Hellenic News’. Recently she has more narrowly focussed her articles to: ‘What Inspires the Artist’ and 15 Chapters have been published so far.

Her motto is: BABY STEPS – GIANT STRIDES – QUANTUM LEAPS

Artist Statement
Highlights
Short Biography
Curriculum Vitae
Artist Statement
Highlights
Short Biography
Curriculum Vitae

SHORT BIOGRAPHY

  • Aleta Michaletos evades neat categorization. She is a professional Pretoria-based artist, who has established herself as an autonomous but respected voice in contemporary South African art. She has also received international recognition and acclaim.
  • She is a serious art collector and for the past 30 years, she has been the director of an independent art gallery, of which she is the founding member. It has served as a platform for promoting emerging artists and for housing and exhibiting her art.
  • In 1974 she received her B.A.F.A. from the University of Pretoria and ever since, she has actively served on several art-related committees.
    On occasion she has been a guest speaker at Dort College in Iowa, as well as the United Nations Headquarters in NY. Closer to home she has acted as guest lecturer at the University of Pretoria and the Open Window Art Academy.
  • For Michaletos, being alive, means being an artist, and when she expresses herself creatively, she feels most fully alive. She expertly employs a wide stylistic and technical arsenal, to support her broad and ambitious range of content and imagery. Her art practice is reactionary and she often implements brave and time-consuming acts of gradual transformation- through accumulation- to transform her vision into a tangible work of art (Precious Circle, 1989-1994)
  • She is a serial problem solver and her relentless quest, is to find meaningful and unique answers to each successive question that life and her art, demand of her. (Playing it Safe/Safe Haven: Cranium, 2002) She comfortably moves between various artistic disciplines and although her reflective and philosophical thoughts, as well as her art making process and diverse techniques are precise, complex and varied, they are all subtly but skillfully interconnected. Over the past 40 years several delicate golden threads have been subliminally woven through each seemingly unrelated subject, thoroughly connecting them into a powerful artistic statement.
  • Her oeuvre is enriched by paradox and when viewing the span of her life’s work, the continual balancing of opposites is the central (yet not deliberate) theme.
  • Texture/smooth, order/chaos, intellectual/playful, dark/ light, positive/negative, the list is endless. All are equally important in their various functions and it is the diversity of her work that is vital to its comprehensive significance.
  • She is acutely aware of her surroundings and she responds intuitively to the contradicting energies that underpin the dynamic of global and specifically South African politics. Her response to a society fraught with violence and crime is to create works that not only embody exceptional beauty and radiate calm but also the realization of monumental conceptual projects, that are able to promote harmony, peace and the eventual triumph of the human spirit. She remains deeply committed to an art that accelerates positive social transformation, focusing on a harmonious reconciliation of the opposing forces (‘Rebirth’, 1994)
  • She is well travelled and she has exhibited and lectured widely over several years. Her work is included in numerous public, University, corporate, and also private collections worldwide.
  • In 1991 she presented a retrospective at the Karl Hover Museum Ettlingen, Germany and in 1994 she received the United Nations Art & Philatelic Award in New York.
  • Over the years, she has been profiled and interviewed extensively on local and International television, as well as the media.
    Michaletos has an open and inquisitive mind and she is continually exploring new terrain. She thoroughly researches that which interests her or enriches her art, as she immerses herself in her subject. Although her works have broad appeal and are visually attractive, they possess a solid intellectual and credible backbone. Her paintings are visually intelligent and rich in cultural references (‘Culture Queen, 1989’)
  • A respected SA philosopher, author and spiritual leader, described her as ‘Avant garde’ as far back as 1994.
  • She literally and figuratively expands her horizons through the physical adventure of frequent travel and the intellectual stimulus of wide reading, as well as the regular enrollment in related courses and seminars. She is passionate about deepening her understanding of the complexities of life and her rich experience and accumulated wisdom, is expressed in meaningful works that are deeply saturated with metaphor. All of this is brought into full play, when she is able to mentor and inspire others.
  • Her mottos are: ‘Luck is when being prepared meets with opportunity’ and ‘baby steps, giants strides, quantum leaps.’
  • Over the years she has deeply explored central themes as original ways of solving problems. With each new painting, recurring images and symbols are transformed and renewed as novel permutations develop from a spontaneous ‘cross-fertilization’ or parthenogenesis, when recurring elements reverberate between pictures and integrate the production of a fascinating and complex body of work in multiple mediums. Because of this working method, it stands to reason that a series always remains open-ended. For this reason, she groups her work by theme or technique, rather than a seemingly chaotic chrono-illogical arrangement.
  • When visiting her studio and gallery, collectors, connoisseurs, art lovers as well as students or laymen, are intrigued by the exquisite detail and depth of her multifaceted oeuvre, as well as the insightful and illuminating anecdotes that she liberally shares on such occasions and where one may experience the wealth of her life’s fruitful journey.

Curriculum Vitae

ALETA MICHALETOS

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EXHIBITION RECORD

GROUP EXHIBITIONS: (selected)
2017 August MOK Muratie Gallery in Stellenbosch, Western Cape
2017 July Móiníer Gallery in Pringle Bay, Western Cape
2017 June Christo Coetzee Museum, Tulbagh, Western Cape
2017 ‘ART ALIVE’ WHPS (Waterkloof House Preparatory School) Brooklyn Pretoria, June 6 – June 10 Opening speaker: Candice Berman, Candice Berman fine art gallery in Johannesburg.
2017 February 2- April 15 ECLECTICA Design & Art- ‘VERGING THRESHOLDS’ Buitengracht Street, Cape Town
2016 September 25 “COEXIST” Pouroulion and Lyceum in collaboration with the George Bizos Fund Johannesburg South Africa
2016 ‘ART ALIVE’ WHPS (Waterkloof House Preparatory School) Brooklyn Pretoria, May 31 – June 4 Opening speaker:Usha Seejarim
2015 ‘The Ring Gallery’ September 20-28 in Lynnwood Pretoria (17 The Ring Street) ‘Coloring Book for Grown Ups – with a South African flavor.’ Opening speaker: Corné van Eck
2015 ‘ART ALIVE’ WHPS (Waterkloof House Preparatory School) Brooklyn Pretoria June 2-6 Opening speaker: Pieter Matthews from Cool Capital,
2015 ’CANSA Art Exhibition 2015’ March 17-27 – Opening speaker: Dr. Marius Wium UNISA Space Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa (Munnik Marais)
2014 FRIED Autumn Art Fair April 26 – May 17 Pretoria
2014 ‘DIALOGUES 2013’ 14 February -1 March Association of Arts Pretoria South Africa
2014 ‘DIALOGUES 2013’ Innibos Arts Festival in Nelspruit South Africa
2014 Up until 17 March ‘PRECIOUS CIRCLE & TRIBUTE TO NELSON MANDELA’ (originals)
2013 ‘TRIBUTE TO NELSON MANDELA & PRECIOUS CIRCLE’ November Pretoria Art Museum
2013 ‘KALEIDOSCOPE’ November 19-29 Fragments of beautiful forms, colors, patterns and shapes that come together to form a whole Centurion Art Gallery (satellite of the Pta Art Museum) Curated: Manda Bester Opened by Rosemary Mangope: CEO of the National Arts Council
2013 ‘INTERRUPTED’ November 16-30 Pouroulion and Lyceum in collaboration with the George Bizos Fund, Johannesburg, South Africa
2013 ‘INTERRUPTED’ October 5- 12 University of Johannesburg Art Gallery in collaboration with the George Bizos Fund, Johannesburg, South Africa
2013 ‘DIALOGUES? PROGRAMME’ (France-South Africa Seasons) 2012 & 2013, 5 June, ORANGERIE, Senate, Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, France
2013 March 16 – 13 April FRIED Autumn Art Fair Pretoria
2012 ‘THIS PLACE/DISPLACE’ University of Johannesburg Art Gallery in collaboration with the George Bizos Fund from 22 to 27 October 2012, Johannesburg, South Africa
2011- 13 Collaborative Art Project for the Homecoming Revolution
2010 ‘NELSON MANDELA CELEBRATED’ (July) Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria
2010 ‘A CULTURAL BRIDGE India/South Africa’ South African Association of Arts, Mackie Street, Pretoria
2010 ‘GROUP EXHIBITION’, Chowmohalla Palace, Hyderabad, India
2009 ‘ENVIRO ART WOW’ National Cultural History Museum, Pretoria
2008 ‘CENTENARY/ EEUFEES’ May 11-23, University of Pretoria
2007 ‘SOUL OF AFRICA’ Development Bank of Southern Africa, Midrand South Africa curator: Manda Bester
2007 ‘SAINT SEBASTIAN’, Association of Arts, Pretoria
2006 ‘CELEBRITIES WALL OF HOPE’ ‘POSITIVE EXHIBITION’, SUN CITY (Charity for Aids) South Africa
2004 ‘BRETT KEBBLE ART AWARDS’ Juried Johannesburg South Africa
2004 October 28 ‘MY MYTHOLOGY & UTOPIA’, Alette Wessels Kunskamer, Pretoria,
2003 August 8 – November 3 ’WOMEN ETC’ Women’s Day Celebrations, Art Gallery, Voortrekker Monument Heritage site Pretoria (Speaker: Christina Landman) Honorary Curator: Arina Oosthuizen
2003 ‘GROUP EXHIBITION’, Alette Wessels Kunskamer, Pretoria
2003 ‘TALE OF AUTUMN’, Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria
2003 ’ENVIRONMENTAL VISIONS’, Association of Arts, Pretoria
2002 ‘SHADES & TEXTURES OF TUSCANY’, Gallery von Zweel, Johannesburg, South
Africa
2002 ‘FIVE MINUTES OF SILENCE’ – Minds i Art Space, Brooklyn, Pretoria, South Africa
2001 December 1 ‘TRADITIONAL BYZANTINE ICONS’, SA Arts Association, Pretoria
2001 ‘FEMINA’, South African Arts Association, Pretoria
2001 ‘AFRICAN VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION’ Misty Hills Country Hotel & Conference Centre Johannesburg South Africa
2001 ‘GROUP EXHIBITION’ Art Spectrum, Durban, Natal, South Africa
2001 ‘GROUP EXHIBITION’, Gallery von Zweel, Johannesburg, South Africa
2001 July 1-19 ‘EQUUS-The Horse as Symbol’, SA Arts Association, Pretoria
2001 ‘CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPE’, Bellville Association of Arts, Cape Province, South Africa (25 April-24 May)
2000 ‘THE LIVING MASTERS EXHIBITION’ ‘New Century Art’, ‘The Cloisters’ Johannesburg, South Africa, 1-24 December
2000 ‘REMBRANDT THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS’, South African Arts Association, Pretoria
2000 April 25- May 24 ‘LANDSCAPE’, SA Arts Association, Pretoria
1999 ‘GROUP EXHIBITION’ State Theatre Gallery (Pieter van Heerden) Pretoria
1999 ‘DA VINCI EXHIBITION’ Friends of the Pretoria Art Museum
1997 ‘WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION’, African Window, Pretoria
1996 ’50th CELEBRATION’, Pretoria Art Museum
1996 ‘CAIRO- S.A.ART IN EGYPT’ Cairo, Egypt
1996 ‘SPACE TO BREATHE’, Pretoria Art Museum
1995 ‘FREEDOM DAY CELEBRATIONS’, Union Buildings, Pretoria
1995 ‘MADIBA AUCTION NEW YORK’, Lunga Williams N.Y. United States of America
1995 ‘MADIBA AUCTION’ (John Griffin Auctioneer), Cape Town, South Africa
1995 ‘GROUP EXHIBITION’, VERWOERDBURG (CENTURION) Art Gallery, Pretoria
1995 ‘GROUP EXHIBITION’ KUNSHUIS Citrusdal, Cape Provence, South Africa
1995 Nov 18 ‘UNESCO 50th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION’, Vista University, Pretoria
1995 Ekurhelini, Kempton Park Art Competition Exhibition
1995 ‘ARTISTS OF THE GREATER PRETORIA REGION’- UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria
1995 ‘MINIATURE EXHIBITION’, Pretoria Art Museum
1994 May 11- May 25 ‘GROUP EXHIBITION’ ‘TREES & ANGELS’ ABSA TOWERS Gallery, Johannesburg South Africa
1994 April 19 ‘OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE ABSA GALLERY’, Johannesburg, South Africa
1994 April 18- May 5 ‘GROUP EXHIBITION’ ‘TREES & ANGELS’ SA Arts Association, Pretoria
1994 ‘OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE TRANSVAAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT BUILDING’, Pretoria
1994 Aug 2- Sept 2 ‘3-MAN EXHIBITION’, Vanderbijlpark Public Library Vaal Triangle Arts Association, Van der Bijlpark, South Africa
1994 Ekurhelini, Kempton Park Art Competition Exhibition
1994 January17-27 ‘BONNE ANNEE’ SA Arts Association Pretoria
1993 ‘FRIEND’S CHOICE’, Pretoria Art Museum
1993 October 9 – November 5 ‘ARTISTS FROM THE GREATER PRETORIA REGION’ -UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria (Eric Lubisi) (Curator Frieda Hattingh)
1993 October 5 ‘MOMENTUM ART 1993’, Pretoria Art Museum (Speaker: Danie Hough)
1993 Augustus 26 ‘SPRING EXHIBITION’ Kunshuis Stephanie Stone, Clanwilliam Cape Province South Africa, (Speaker: HE Amb. Sezaki Japan)
1993 June17- 30 ‘CENTENARY OF THE KLERKSDORP PUBLIC LIBRARY & CITY STATUS’ Public Library, Klerksdorp, South Africa.
1993 March 28- April1 ‘GROUP EXHIBITION’, Civic Centre, Springs South Africa
1993 ‘PRETORIA PAINTERS & SCULPTORS (1963-1993)’ Pretoria Art Museum
1992 Nov 25 – Dec 10 ‘WITH THE SCENT OF FLOWERS’ SA Arts Association (Speaker: Marike de Klerk)
1992 March 7 ‘TUKS RAG’ Group Exhibition, SA Arts Association (Speaker: General Magnus Malan)
1991 ‘CELEBRATIONS’, New Gallery of the SA Arts Association, Pretoria
1989 ‘MINIATURES 25th Anniversary’ (Friends) Pretoria Art Museum
1989 August 26/Sept ‘QUEENS’ Hagenhof, Johannesburg, South Africa (Speaker: Her Majesty Queen Susan of the Albanians) Mixael de Kock
1989 April 18, ‘INNES AAB TAMSEN BURSERY EXHIBITION’ Inter Hall, Old Arts Building, University of Pretoria
1988 ‘FOCUS ON PEOPLE’ Official opening: HUMAN SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL BUILDING’, Pretoria
1988 ‘EFATA’ Group Exhibition, East London
1988 ‘EFATA’ Group Exhibition UMTATA
1988 April-June ‘TRANSVAAL ARTISTS’ Kunshuis Citrusdal (Speaker: Louis Nel)
1987 ‘Lecturers of the Department of Fine Art’ Arts Faculty Gallery, University of Pretoria (Prof DM Joubert)
1987 ‘PRETORIA UNIVERSITY LECTURERS’, HILTON COLLEGE Natal, South Africa
1987 ‘PRETORIA UNIVERSITY LECTURERS’, Arts Faculty Gallery, University of Pretoria, (Speaker: Vice Principal, Professor P Smit)
1987 ‘PAINTINGS & SCULPTURES BY S.A.GREEK ARTISTS’-Johannesburg Sun & Towers Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa (Speaker: HE Ambassador of Greece, Mr Tsilas)
1987 ‘LEADING PRETORIA WOMEN ARTISTS’-State Theatre, Pretoria
1986 October 13-31 ‘SPRING-FLORAL EXHIBITION’ (Exhibition of flower paintings) SA Arts Association Pretoria
1986 ‘CENTENARY ART EXHIBITION’, Pietersburg Art Museum, South Africa
1986 ‘ALUMNI Exhibition’-Arts Faculty Gallery, University of Pretoria
1985 October ‘FESTIVAL’-University of Pretoria
1983 ‘ARTS FESTIVAL’ (Speaker: Director General SABC, Riaan Eksteen ) Pretoria Art Museum
1983 April 27 – June 5 ‘CAPE TOWN TRIENNALE FINALISTS’, (juried) Pretoria Art Museum (Speaker: Mr W A Cruywagen)
1983 ‘CAPE TOWN TRIENNALE FINALISTS’, (juried) Art Museum, Cape Town.
1980 ‘HALF CENTURY EXHIBITION’, Old Merensky Building (Speaker: Mr C H Cilliers) University of Pretoria
1980 ‘3-MAN EXHIBITION’, National Museum, (Orange Free State Arts Society) Bloemfontein, OVS, South Africa (Gerhard Marx and Chris Spies)
1973 ‘GROUP EXHIBITION’, University of Pretoria

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)
2015 Sunday 10am -2pm March 1 ‘WINDOWS TO THE ARTIST’S SOUL (extended) Pretoria Art Meander Open Studios
2015 Sunday 10am-5pm February 1 ‘WINDOWS TO THE ARTIST’S SOUL Pretoria Art Meander Open Studios
2014 Sunday 10-5 December 7 ‘ALWAYS A FIRST TIME’ Pretoria Art Meander Open Studios
2014 12 September-15 November (Tulbagh Arts Festival) OUDE DROSTDY MUSEUM Tulbagh
2014 till 17 March, extended to 26 April, then 11May, then till middle July, ‘PRECIOUS CIRCLE & TRIBUTE TO NELSON MANDELA’ (originals) Pretoria Art Museum
2013 From 5 November ‘PRECIOUS CIRCLE & TRIBUTE TO NELSON MANDELA’ Pretoria Art Museum
2013 ‘IVY LEAGUE’, Aleta Michaletos Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
2012 ‘FIGHT/FLIGHT OF THE IMAGINATION’, ‘Galleries Petites’ (Aleta Michaletos Galleries) Pretoria South Africa
2011 June 12 ‘UNVEILING OF 3 LANDSCAPES’ Office of the Ambassador, Philippine Embassy, during the celebration of The Philippine National Day
2011 May 27 UNVEILING OF ‘HOLDING ONTO INNOCENCE: THE LITTLE HALO’ + SOLO, Russell Stone Group Headquarters Pretoria
2009 ‘BEVY OF BEAUTIES’ (‘MOTSWAKO BIG SISTER GARDEN PARTY’) Peach Hotel, Johannesburg (Speaker: Edith Venter) Televised
2007 Nov 24 ‘GALLERIES PETITES Inauguration’ Aleta Michaletos Gallery
2006 Oct 7 ‘UNPOLISHED GEMS OF THE ORIENT’ & UNVEILING OF ‘IDYLLIRIUM’, Gallery at The Orient Boutique Hotel, Pretoria (Speaker:Indian High Commissioner,HE Satyabrata Pal)
2003 ‘RESTING PLACES & SPACES FOR THE RESTLESS MIND’, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2002 ‘POINT OF CHOICE: PLAYING IT SAFE/ SAFE HAVEN’ – Old Arts Gallery, University of Pretoria (speaker: Dr Piet Muller)
1998-99 IDHASA (Pretoria) ‘Precious Circle’ Exhibited during the Truth & Reconciliation Hearings
1995 ‘FREEDOM DAY CELEBRATIONS’, Union Buildings, Pretoria, South Africa
1995 ‘PRECIOUS CIRCLE’, Galerie la Vilette, Paris, France (invited by Ambassador Barbara Masekela)
1994 ‘THREE MANDELA PORTRAITS’ United Nations Headquarters New York (USA)
1994 June 21- July 3 ‘DRAWING ATTENTION TO TRANSFORMATION & REGENERATION’ and ‘PRECIOUS CIRCLE’- Pretoria Art Museum (Speaker: Johan Symington)
1991-2 ‘RETROSPECTIVE’ – (duration-3 months) Karl Hofer Museum, Schloss Ettlingen Germany (Curated Hanno Hafner)
1991 August 5-9 ‘RETROSPECTIVE’ University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa (Opened by Campbell Smith, Chairman of the Goodwill Foundation SA)
1989 ‘GREECE’ – June, Aleta Michaletos Art Gallery, Pretoria (speakers: Mr Nic Stathakis, SA Tourism Board & Greek Ambassador, H E Mr Tsinonis)
1984 July 2 ‘ALETA MICHALETOS -PAINTINGS’ Beuster Skolimowski Gallery, Arcadia Centre, Pretoria, South Africa
1982 May 25 ‘PEN & INK FLORAL STUDIES’, Keith Kirsten’s Waterkloof Garden Centre, Pretoria, South Africa
1981 Sept 21- Oct 9 Paintings, Pen – and Pencil Drawings, SA Arts Association in the North Gallery, Volkskas Centre (Pretoria).
1976 May 8 SA Arts Association in the Atelier, Netherlands Bank Building Church Square, Pretoria (Opening: Aleta)

GRANTS/FELLOWSHIPS/HONORS/AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS:
2017 Invited to participate in a monumental traveling exhibition, arranged as a tribute to the late Judith Mason.
2017 Inaugural public showing of 3 large, unknown conceptual works at ECLECTICA, Cape Town, during ‘VERGING THRESHOLDS’ exhibition.
2017 January Nominated and appointed as a member of the prestigious South African Academy for Science & Art.
2017 2nd year of major art commissioned project, for a prominent art collector
2016 & 2017 Commissioned for a substantial 2-year project, by major art collector. Her choice of theme is ‘ALCHEMY’
2016 January- 16 Lifetime Achievement Award Award presented by the PANATHINAIKI Women’s Association of South Africa , in recognition and appreciation of her artistic achievements and excellence.
2015 Commissioned Artist: ‘Coloring Book for Grown Ups – with a South African Flavor’ – Fearika Heyns
2015 Aug & Sept 4th Residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2015 June 11 Receives a letter ‘out of the blue’ from the famous Poet Prof TT Cloete, of whom she created a portrait in 1994.
2015 March 15 (10:30am -12:30 pm) She is invited by Adv George Bizos to visit him at his home, to enjoy coffee and meaningful conversation.
2015 March 8 2:00pm Invited to sit at the VIP table between the President of Panathinaiki: Anna Synodinos & Adv. George Bizos
2015 March 17-27 – Selected as one of the participating artists in the CANSA Art Exhibition at UNISA
2015 – 1 of 7 Finalists for the Eastern Globe Award (Eastern Times) (Arts & Culture- outcome awaiting)
2014 December 11 6 pm Receives a certificate of excellence, in recognition of her ‘lifelong dedication and contribution to the South African art industry’, presented by the Minister of Arts & Culture, the Honorable E.N. Mthetwa at a Gala Presidential dinner, held at the Sandton Convention Centre.
2014- September- December, Chosen as guest Festival Artist at the Tulbagh Arts Festival, Oude Drostdy, Tulbagh
2014- Nominated for the Eastern Globe Award (Eastern Times)
2013 & 2014 Historical Exhibition of Precious Circle and the 3 original Mandela portraits, at the Pretoria Art Museum, is extended 5 times.
2013 Invitation to celebration dinner of 85th birthday of Adv. George Bizos at Saheti, Johannesburg Pretoria
2013 Collaborative Art Project for the Homecoming Revolution
2012 Collaborative Art Project for the Homecoming Revolution
2011 Collaborative Art Project for the Homecoming Revolution
2011 ‘ICE & SPICE’, Private Banquet and Unveiling of painting for the Winter Menu, Restaurant Mosaic, Orient Boutique Hotel, Pretoria, South Africa
2008 University of Maryland- ‘REBIRTH’ chosen as a ‘significant South African Art Piece’ and students asked to construct a 12-page analysis of it
2008 ‘REBIRTH’ used on cover of the community magazine of Trinity College ‘TRINITY TODAY’ 2008 Aug. 2, University of Melbourne
2007/8 Cité Internationale des Arts Residency Paris France
2003-2011 During this period, the main body of her production was acquired by a prominent South African art collector
2003 January 25 Award for Excellence, the Lyceum Club of Greek Women
2002/3 Cité Internationale des Arts Residency and solo exhibition, Paris, France
2002 Selected artist for ‘Boss of the Year’ Award
2002 Included in International Biographical Centre’s ‘2000 Intellectuals of the 21st Century’; ‘500 Founders of the 21st Century’ and American Biographical Institute’s ‘Great Minds of the 21st Century’
2001 Included in the International Biographical Centre’s ‘Who’s Who In the 21st Century’.
2001 Aleta Michaletos Women’s Chess Trophy- (SKAAKSA)-inspiration for creativity in women and excellence on the terrain of Chess.
2000 Cite Internationale des Arts Residency Paris, France.
1999 Nomination as Councillor-Gauteng, Art & Culture Council
1999 Appointed as the Curator: Marvol Manor Art Treasury.
1998 40 International Ministers of Minerals and Energy each receive a Fine Art Print of ‘Rebirth’ in Cape Town. Guest of honour
1998 Chosen artist for ‘Reach for the Stars’
1996 Invitation to ‘2 Nations Celebration’, Royal Albert Hall London Great Britain She meets Mandela for the 3rd time
1995 Freedom Day Celebrations – Mr Tokyo Sexwale presents Pres. Mandela with ‘Rebirth”, at the Union Buildings, on International Television.
1995 Guest of honour at the State President’s Banquet and ‘Madiba Auction’, Cape Town. She meets Mandela for the 2nd time. Bid for ’Rebirth’ higher than the signed copy of ‘Long walk to Freedom’ interview with CNN
1995 ‘Precious Circle’ selected by Amb. Barbara Masekela and exhibited at the Gallery La Vilette Paris France
1995 Finalist: ‘Excellence Award’ – Greek Chamber of Commerce.
1994 ‘REBIRTH’ is used on the invitation to the function celebrating the Freedom of Durban which was bestowed on Nelson Mandela.
1994 September 9 ‘Business Woman of the Year’ Honoured at the Civic Banquet, Banquet Hall Sammy Marks Pretoria
1994 Guest speaker at ‘Everglades School’, Miami, USA
1994 Guest speaker and present ‘Precious Circle’ at Dort College, Iowa, USA
1994 Honoured at a Press Luncheon at U.N. Headquarters, N.Y.
1994 United Nations Art and Philatelic Award with ‘Rebirth’. Michaletos joins the ranks of Miro, Chagall, Dali, Warhol, Calder, Vasarely, Rauschenberg and others.
1994 June 19 Michaletos meets Nelson Mandela for the first time, in the Dutch Reformed Church Lynnwood, Pretoria
1991- 1992 September 8- January Retrospective Exhibition as invited artist – Karl Hover Museum Schloss Ettlingen Germany (duration 3 months)
1991 August 9 Farewell function held in her honour, by the Director of the State Theatre Mr Denis Reynecke, State Theatre, Pretoria.
1991 Retrospective exhibition at Fine arts department, University of Pretoria.
1990 2nd prize Photography Competition ‘Our Wonderful World’ (2nd Prize)
1986 Received the medal for Cultural contribution from the South African National Defence Force
1986 Nationwide tour with the SA Air Force. Soloist for their 75th birthday celebrations
1983 Establishment of a private art gallery

ARTIST RESIDENCIES (Artist-in-Residence)

2015 September Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2015 August Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2008 January Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2007 December Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2003 January Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2002 December Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2000 December Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2000 November Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

OPENING ADDRESSES & PUBLIC SPEECHES:
2016 Saturday 16 January Acceptance Speech ‘Panathinaiki Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the Premises of the Holy Archbishop, Archbishop Damaskinos, Houghton Estate, Jhb.
2014 Saturday 19 July 14:30h Public Talk Pretoria Art Museum
2014 Saturday 7 June 14:30h Public Talk Pretoria Art Museum
2014 Tuesday 13 May Speaker at ‘IMAGINE YOUR PASSION’’ (Magnet for miracles)
2014 Saturday 10 May 15:00h Public Talk Pretoria Art Museum
2014 Sunday 16 February 15:00h Public Talk Pretoria Art Museum
2014 Sunday 19 January 15:00h Public Talk Pretoria Art Museum
2014 Friday 10 January 11.00h Public Talk Pretoria Art Museum
2013 Wednesday 18 December 11.00h Public Talk Pretoria Art Museum
2013 October 5 ‘Precious Circle’ LYCEUM CLUB Saheti School Johannesburg
2013 Walkabout & Art talk International Circle of Friends, Michaletos Galleries
2012 Walkabouts & Art talks Galleries Petites Michaletos Galleries
2011 Opening Address of ART ALIVE Exhibition, WHPS, Pretoria
2010 Walkabouts and Art talks at the Orient Boutique Hotel
2009 Walkabouts and Art talks at the Orient Boutique Hotel
2008 Walkabouts and Art talks at the Orient Boutique Hotel
2009 ‘Art in SA before & after 1994’, IDSA International Diplomatic Spouses Association, Residence of the Bangladesh High Commission, Pretoria, South Africa
2007 Walkabouts and Art talks at the Orient Boutique Hotel
2006 Walkabouts and Art talks at the Orient Boutique Hotel
2004 Opening speaker Paint& Palette Art Exhibition Edenvale.
2001 ‘Precious Circle’, ABC Breakfast Club The Mercure Hotel, Johannesburg. (25 October)
2001 ‘Student Art Exhibition’ Hoërskool Menlo Park, Opening Speaker, 6 November
2001 Public talk about art. AIWC, Art Circle Marvol Manor 6 November
2000 ‘Precious Circle’ South African Post Office Women’s Day Speech 13/03/2000 R500
1999 ‘Precious Circle’ Writers Forum City Hall Pretoria
1995 State President’s Banquet, Cape Town. Description of REBIRTH (CNN)
1994 ‘Precious Circle’, Ransom Everglades School, Miami, (USA)
1994 October 17 ‘Precious Circle’ Lecture & slide show, C160 Lecture Hall, Dordt College, Iowa USA
1994 October 31 United Nations, New York (USA)
1994 September 14 ‘Precious Circle’ ‘DEBORA WYKSVERGADERING’ Home of Anna Moll, Pretoria South Africa
1994 A Walkabout and Art talk at her home. AIWC (American International Women’s Club)
1993 November 20 ‘Precious Circle’, Workshop on marketing, publicity, information and media, Northern Transvaal Peace Committee.
1993 24 April ‘Steps to Success’, Womanpower Pretoria University of Pretoria
1992 July 2 ‘A Crash Course in Optimism’, Pretoria Woman’s Club, Café de la Dernière Rose Venning Park Pretoria
1991 Schloss Ettlingen Germany
1990 ‘Precious Circle’, Women’s Group, Johannesburg

PUBLICATIONS/ARTICLES
HELLENIC NEWS: ‘HELLENIC LIFE’

Since 2007 the artist has been a regular contributor to the Greek Newspaper

2015 ‘Behind the Scenes’ 7 – Final Contribution & Farewell
2015 ‘Behind the Scenes’ 6 – What it Feels like to be an artist in London & Paris
2015 ‘Behind the Scenes’ 5 – What it Feels like to be an artist in London & Paris
2015 ‘Behind the Scenes’ 4
2015 ‘Behind the Scenes’ 3
2015 ‘Behind the Scenes’ 2
2015 ‘Behind the Scenes’ 1
2014 ‘What Inspires the Artist 20’ RECURRING THEMES & IMAGES
2014 ‘What Inspires the Artist 19’ THE ART OF MIXING BUSINESS WITH PLEASURE
2014 ‘What Inspires the Artist 18’ THAT WHICH DELIGHTS THE EYE:‘del’EYEtful!’VARIETY TRULY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE! (A special travel edition)
2014 ‘What Inspires the Artist 17 ’THE LAW OF ATTRACTION: Eye Catching’
2014 ‘What Inspires the Artist 16 ’ASTRONOMY TO GASTRONOMY: Crystal Universes: Catalysts’
2014 THE CREAM OF THE CROP
2013 ‘What Inspires the Artist 15 ’Frustration & Despair’: ‘PRECIOUS CIRCLE’
2013 ‘What Inspires the Artist 14’- The Floral World 5 – the seasons, color & light-Oct
2013 ‘What Inspires the Artist 13’ The Floral World 4 –dissatisfaction & inspiring encouragement-September
2013 ‘What Inspires the Artist 12’ Tribute to Nelson Mandela- July
2013 ‘What Inspires the Artist 11’ The Floral World 3 –influences, responsibility- June
2013 ‘What Inspires the Artist 10’ The Floral World 2 -development of paradoxes- May
2013 ‘What Inspires the Artist 9’ The Floral World 1 (The early years) March
2012 ‘What Inspires the Artist 8’ Traveling B (Reinforcement of the Threads of Images and Memories-repetition & humor) November
2012 ‘What Inspires the Artist 7’ Traveling A (Reinforcement/repetition) – October
2012 ‘What Inspires the Artist 6’ Photography- March
2012 ‘Newsletter’- January/February
2011 ‘What Inspires the Artist 5’ Animals- November
2011 ‘What Inspires the Artist 4’ Seduction of Colour- September
2011 ‘What Inspires the Artist 3’ Distaste for Waste- August
2011 ‘What Inspires the Artist 2’ Architecture/Antiquity- June
2011 ‘What Inspires the Artist 1’ The Forest as metaphor- May
2011 ‘New Year ‘Little Halo’- January/February
2010 ‘Eye Prefer-Safe adventures’- November
2010 ‘A Tribute to Femininity’- August
2010 ‘Lyceum- FIFA world cup art completion/Judge- July
2010 ‘South Africa’s Prophet of Boom’- July
2009 ‘’Every Picture tells a Story’ Christmas 2009 December
2009 ‘My Bevy of Beauties for Women’s Day’- September
2009 News: ‘Healing Hand’ and Vikas Swarup – April 20
2008 ‘Christmas’ Hellenic Arts- December
2008 Studio newsletter-November
2008 ‘Happy 90th birthday Madiba August/September
2007 ‘Birds & Bars- NY 2000’ & ‘Mother Teresa’ – October
2007 News from the Aleta Michaletos Team –Orient exhibition- June

MEMBERSHIPS:
(Art related: current)

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS & AFFILIATIONS
Member of the SA ACADEMY OF ART & SCIENCE
SA Arts Association Gauteng SANAVA (member of the board)
Friends of the Pretoria Art Museum
University of Pretoria: ALUMNI
UNESCO: IAA International Association of Art

(Art related: previous)

SA Arts Association Gauteng (member of the board)
Friends of the Pretoria Art Museum (member of the board)
Simon van der Stel Foundation
North Coast Art Group
Watercolour Society of S.A
Bellville Arts Association
Committee member of the Regional Council for Cultural Affairs – Northern Transvaal
1993 July 5 Central Witwatersrand Metropolitan Chamber, Arts and Culture Steering Committee (observer)
1971 Art’s Editor ‘PERDEBY’, University of Pretoria

‘PRECIOUS CIRCLE’- related:

Goodwill Foundation (Trustee)
Northern Transvaal Peace Committee
Positive Action Now (Steering Committee Member)

Nominations:
The artist has been a nominee for the ‘Interim Committee of the S.A. Arts Council’
The artist has been a nominee for the ‘Truth and Reconciliation Hearings Committee’

COLLECTIONS
By choice she prefers to sell to passionate private collectors. Some of which are living in South Africa, Germany, Greece, United Kingdom, Switzerland, India, Italy, Philippines, Russia, Netherlands, France, USA, Singapore, Rome, Barcelona, Canada and Norway. However, her work is increasingly finding its way into local and international public, corporate, museum and government collections.

SELECTED LOCAL COLLECTIONS

INSTITUTIONAL:

Dept. Foreign Affairs
Dept. Minerals and Energy
Director of Finance & Systems Department Housing & Land Affairs
State Library
Gauteng Education Department
University of Pretoria
Nelson Mandela Foundation
Department of Education & Culture
Regional Board for Cultural Affairs 1995
TUNSA EBI

CORPORATE:

Life-grow Collection
Cell C
MERCEDES
LEGACY Art Collection
Russell Stone
APBCO
FOCUS Conferences
ABSA
COLOMBUS STAINLESS STEEL

MUSEUMS:

Pretoria Art Museum
Pietersburg Art Museum 2001
Robben Island Museum 1998
Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory

SELECTED INTERNATIONAL COLLECTIONS:
Her artwork is included in numerous private & celebrity collections such as:

Prince Sultan bin Salman
Boutros Boutros Ghali
Whitney Houston USA
Mikis Theodorakis, Greece
Claude Challe (Buddha Bar) Paris, France
Quincy Jones
Hans Erni, Lucerne Switzerland
Vikas Swarup India
Margot Feiden Galleries NY
Barbara Davidson Collection, Palm Beach, USA

Karl Hover Museum, Schloss Ettlingen, Germany
Philatelic Museum, Geneva

Dordt College, Iowa, USA
University of Hamburg
University of Karlsruhe
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Chief Dir. Faculty of Architecture and Urban Design, Delft
Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France (Madame Bruno)

South African Embassy in Rome, Paris, Singapore
The Ambassador of Poland, Egypt, Algeria, India, Yemen
The Embassies of Poland and the Philippines
40 International Ministers of Minerals and Energy

United Nations Headquarters, New York
S.A.A Offices – New York
HABITAT-United Nations
Centre for Population Development Headquarters, Washington, USA
ATC International Development Company Amsterdam
Chief dir.-Ministerie van Volks behuising den Haagh
Director of KOLPRON Multinational Development Corporation
Oil Business Art Foundation, USA
Karafi Holdings
Head of the Commonwealth-Africa (Nigeria) 1999
Headquarters for Population Development Washington CEDPA Lord Mayor of Leeds

BIBLIOGRAPHY (selected)

‘Contemporary Artists of Pretoria’ – Eric Bolsman
‘The Dictionary of South African Painters and Sculptors’ – Grania Ogilvie
‘The Collector’s Guide to Art and Artists in S A’ – 22TwentyTwo Press
‘Zebra Register of South African Artists and Galleries 2001 & 2002’
‘AFRICA LEADS’ Image of PRECIOUS CIRCLE Endorsed and introduced by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, the book explores a side of Africa filled with energy; exposing how a brighter future for the continent is already in the making – thereby leading the way for others. Africa leads shows the world that Africa is becoming a powerful example of hope. ISBN 1-86888-437-6 Item 7667, 2006
‘Art Times’, July 2011, Published by Global Art Information

TELEVISION COVERAGE (selected)

2013 ANN7 Prime on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 20:00. Documentary of Exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum featuring Precious Circle and the 3 Mandela portraits, as well as a live interview with Chantal Rutter Dros.
2009 ‘MOTSWAKO’ SABC 2
2003 DSTV ‘Kyk-net’ ‘KUNSKAFEE’
1996 KUNSKAFEE
1995 KUNSKAFEE State President’s banquet & Madiba Auction Cape Town
1995 CNN State President’s banquet & Madiba Auction Cape Town
1992 PRETPARK SABC Contestant Philo Pieterse Productions
1988 ‘A WORLD BEYOND OUR VISION’ National television
1985 ‘KRUIS & KRONIEK’ National television

CONTINUED EDUCATION: COURSES & SYMPOSIA
2016 ‘CENTRE OF APPLIED JUNGIAN STUDIES: ‘ALCHEMY OF SYMBOLS’
2013 TEDx Johannesburg ‘FORUM’ Johannesburg
2013 !Kauru 2013: Round Table Discussion 12 July 2013
2013 ‘I’d rather be in the studio’ Allyson Stanfield, online and book
2012 CENTRE OF APPLIED JUNGIAN STUDIES: 12 Week intensive transformational program
2011 ART SOURCE: Seminar Professional Practice for Visual Art (12-13 April)
2008 May 27 Arts & Culture, Workshop on the 1995 Unidroit Convention on stolen or illegally exported cultural objects. Venue: Burgerspark Hotel, Pretoria
2005 YDL- Buy-to-Let, Property Investment Seminar, Johannesburg
2003 ‘The traditional art of icon-painting according to the Russian method’
‘Mould-making’
‘Brain-gymnasium’, Denise Björkman Johannesburg
‘Course in the Art of Stained glass’, Johannesburg
‘Life Line’

MEDIUMS:

Oil
Aquarelle
Pen-and-ink
Pencil
Coloured pencil
Photography
Collage
Gouache
Brou de noix
Metals and technology

CHARITY

Prompted by her sense of responsibility towards social reconstruction and development, she has generously donated her artwork on numerous occasions. The United Nations, Victims of Landmines, The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, the Ladies Benevolent Fund, Charity for Aids, National Cancer Association, Cat Pals, Rag Committee of the University of Pretoria, Women’s Chess, many schools, the Jacaranda Children’s Choir, SA Red Cross and several others, have benefitted.

EXHIBITION RECORD ALETA MICHALETOS GALLERY – curated by the artist (*solo)
Up to 2017 Permanent exhibition of the artist.
*2013 ‘IVY LEAGUE’, Galleries Petites Aleta Michaletos Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
*2012 ‘FIGHT/FLIGHT OF THE IMAGINATION’, Galleries Petites, Aleta Michaletos Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
*2012 ‘FIGHT/FLIGHT OF THE IMAGINATION’, Galleries Petites, Aleta Michaletos Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
*2009 December 11 ‘THE ART OF GIVING’ Aleta Michaletos Galleries
*2009 October 24 ‘EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY’, Aleta Michaletos Galleries, Pretoria, South Africa
*2008 August 23 ‘P’ALETA’ Aleta Michaletos Galleries, Pretoria, South Africa
*2001 ‘LOOKING AT LIFE FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE’ – Aleta Michaletos Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa (31 August-15 September) ‘Paris paves the way for new creativity in Aleta’s art’ (Geraldine Fröhling)
*2000 ‘MICHALENIUM’ Aleta Michaletos Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa 22.2.2000
1997 May 13 ‘MEET THE MYSTERY ARTIST’ Aleta Michaletos
*1997 ‘WINTER WARMTH’ Aleta Michaletos Gallery (24 July-16 Aug)
*1993 August 20 ‘THE MAGIC OF AMBER’ Aleta Michaletos Gallery Pretoria South Africa
1992 October 23 ‘PASSION FOR EXCELLENCE’ Aleta Michaletos Gallery Dr JP du Plessis Director General of the SA Bureau of Standards
1992 September 18 ‘DIEK GROBLER’
1991 December 7 ‘CHRISTMAS & FESTIVITIES’
1991 November 22 ‘IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD OF LOVE, PLAY ON…’ Dr Ingram Anderson
1990 August 24 ‘HIGH FLYING EXHIBITION’ (CIELA ALTO-The Sky is the Limit) Urs Meier-Head: Swiss Air Africa
1989 December 1 ‘WILD, WEIRD & WONDERFUL’ Aleta Michaletos Gallery (Dr Pieter Haasbroek)
*1989 June 9 ‘GREECE’ Aleta Michaletos, Nick Stathakis (SA Tourism Board)
1989 February 24 ‘PISCES SCHOOL OF FISH’, Aleta Michaletos Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa Opening speech: Mike Fisher, Pta Aquarium
1988 December ‘COLLECTOR’S ART EXHIBITION’
1988 November 25 ‘RUDOLPH VOSSER’
1988 September 17 ‘DIEK GROBLER & MARNA SCHOEMAN’
1988 August 12 ‘PRECIOUS GEMS’ Group Exhibition
1988 March 18 ‘A WORLD BEYOND OUR VISION’ Group Exhibition Johan Symington
1987 November 27 ‘UNPRETENTIOUS’ Group Exhibition
1987 September 11 ‘RENAISSANCE’ Group Exhibition
1985 November 29 ‘SWART; BOERE-HERO’ Braam Kruger
1985 November 15 ‘HEADS’ Anton Smit
1985 October 25 ‘SUZETTE GROBBELAAR’
1985 October 4 ‘EBEN VD MERWE’
1985 August 23 ‘A TRIBUTE TO THE NUDE’, Group Exhibition (Beau Brummel)
1985 August 9 ‘NICO ROOS’ (Danie Hough)
1985 June 21 GROUP EXHIBITION (Richard Watkins, Cultural Attaché British Embassy)
1985 May 24 ‘PORTRAIT & FIGURE STUDIES’ Anton Sassenberg
1985 April 26 ‘MARGARET GRADWELL’
1985 March 22 ‘LANDSCAPES’85’ Prof Nico Roos
1984 November 23 ‘YOUNG ARTISTS’ (Provincial Museum Services)
1984 August 26 ‘THE LURE OF THE NAMIB’ Alice Elahi (Brig Christ Thirion)
1984 August 31 ‘FLOWER FESTIVAL’, Group Exhibition
1984 July 6 ‘ALBERT WERTH’
1984 April 27 ‘PORTRAITS OF MASTERS’ Braam Kruger
1983 December 2 ‘COLLECTOR’S EXHIBITION’
1983 October 14 ‘PROF NICO ROOS’

SELECTED COMMISSIONS
2016-2017 ‘ALCHEMY’ (Legacy Collection) Art Museum at The Orient Boutique Hotel.
2005- 2012 ‘ODYSSEY’ (Legacy Collection)
2012 ‘POETRY IN MOTION’ – artwork featuring dancers for 21st birthday gift
2012 ‘SACRED BEAUTY’, Oil painting for a SPA in Johannesburg, SA. Gillian Otto
2011 NUDE STUDY aquarelle,SPA owner, Johannesburg South Africa
2011 NUDES STUDIES x 2 Aquarelle Orient Boutique Hotel, Pretoria, South Africa
2011 ‘ICE & SPICE’, Winter Menu, Restaurant Mosaic, Orient Boutique Hotel, Pretoria, South Africa
2011 ‘CRYSTAL UNIVERSES’, Autumn Menu, Restaurant Mosaic, Orient Boutique Hotel, Pretoria, South Africa
2012 ‘SACRED BEAUTY’, Oil painting for a SPA in Johannesburg, SA
2011 ‘ICE & SPICE’, Winter Menu, Restaurant Mosaic, Orient Boutique Hotel, Pretoria, South Africa
2011 ‘CRYSTAL UNIVERSES’, Autumn Menu, Restaurant Mosaic, Orient Boutique Hotel, Pretoria, South Africa
2011 ‘HOLDING ONTO INNOCENCE: THE LITTLE HALO’, oil portrait of the daughter of Russell Stone Group, Pretoria, South Africa.
2010 Commissioned by Philippine Embassy to paint 3 South African landscapes for the Ambassadors office at the Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa
2005-2006 ‘IDYLLIRIUM’, 1.3 x 5 meter painting, for the foyer of the Orient boutique hotel.
2001 4 small portraits (aquarelles) commissioned by Prof Georg Kenntner, Germany.
2001 2 small portraits (aquarelles) commissioned by Ambassador Abdullah Noman
1995 Laerskool Lynnwood (Lynnwood primary school) New inspirational art work and design for school
1994 September 22 ’SOUND, WORD & IMAGE’ TT CLOETE, Studio State Theatre Portrait commissioned by the ‘Regional Council for Cultural Affairs’ to use on the program cover and as a gift for TT Cloete
1989 May, Pen Portrait of Mr Danie Hough, Administrator of Transvaal.
1985 Pen and aquarelle portrait of a Bushman for Prof Dr George Kenntner (International expert on Anthropology, Saarbrucken University)
1986 Portrait (pen) of Dr Hans Jurgen Aschenborn (State Library Pretoria) for the Title Page of the Book of Tribute

TRAVELS

She is adventurous and well- travelled and besides extensive local travels in South Africa and neighbouring states, destinations include:
Namibia: Windhoek, Sossusvlei
Egypt: Cairo
Morocco: Casablanca, Fez, Marrakech
USA: New York, Miami, New Orleans, Dort-Iowa, San Francisco, Stanford
Switzerland: Bern, Zermat, Zurich, Alpenzelle
Czech Republic: Prague
Austria: Vienna
Great Britain: London and extensive travels in England, Scotland and Ireland
Greece: Athens, Peloponnese, Sifnos
India: Dehli, Aurangabat, Ajanta, Ellorah, Agra, Mumbai
Germany: Karlsruhe, Ettlingen, Munchen, Frankfurt, Baden-Baden
Italy: Rome, Florence
Denmark: Copenhagen
Holland: Amsterdam
France: Paris, Marseilles, Lyon, Lourmarin

Quote by Quincy Jones: ‘Aleta, a very talented and soulful lady, in Unity and Freedom.’

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