Portraits Africa | Lioda Conrad

Lioda ConradArtist Lioda Conrad, Cape Town, South Africa

Lioda Conrad, Cape Town, South Africa



I am an artist not because I want to achieve anything, but because it is something that I am as a being of creation and creation is a primary function thus. Inside I find a well of immeasurable, quiet turmoil where shapes, forms and colour surface and struggle to find life outside of my being. I allow these to overwhelm me every time I work and find solace in the fact that they are a part of me. A singular line can have as much beauty as the most complex verse or pattern, and embodies all of what the artist is and can be. Contrasts within work, life, light and dark, soft and hard, good and bad just the beauty of things being, even a single look in a child's eyes or a bottle top long discarded and given to rust, all the minute changes in the being of things are where I find beauty and a reason to work. I paint to be me. Art cannot conceal any lies. Within it can only be truth.

Lioda Conrad is a Cape Town based graphically trained Fine Artist with a love for Africa where she was born. The bush, the people and the animals contained within, are reflected clearly in her work. She has very elegant lines and a very personal bold style. Her work is both sensitive and freely expressive of the beauty found in Africa. Her work includes highly stylised contemporary portraits in split contemporary colours as well as incredible charcoal, pastel and conte crayon portraits both realistic but with a certain quality of elegance of line with sophisticated and expert handling of a very hard medium to master. She had been described as an upcoming "force" with substantial value by some SA art masters who are calling it an important body of work.

Female artists in Africa are less supported due to the political climate and heritage of the male driven society. Even as a struggling artist herself, she also still supports other artists and tutors or guides others and where possible exposes them to some publicity. She also teaches some students from the local informal settlement of Masipumelele in the art of drawing. She welcomes visitors to her home and studio for discussions regarding art or to watch her works in progress or to simply also sit and work on art themselves.



Contact the artist via Keith McFarlane (Portraits Africa) at editor@negativeentropy.net who will provide an introduction. Artist and buyer are free to negotiate on both subject and price While the artist has provided a guide-price or price indication, the first step in any commission is that artist and buyer agree the price, size, subject and materials of the composition and its delivery date. Portraits Africa will then request the agreed commission fee from the buyer, and on receipt of that fee will advise the artist to start work. The fee will not be released to the artist until the work has been completed and delivered to the buyer. Should a dispute arise between artist and buyer, it is Portraits Africa that will adjudicate. For the service prospectus, Terms & Conditions, see Commissioning a Portrait.


Paper | Board Size

Pencil | Charcoal

Oil | Acrylics

A4 210 mm x 297 mm 8.3" x 11.7" N/A N/A

297 mm x 420 mm

11.7" x 16.2" USD 300 USD 400
A2 420 mm x 594 mm 16.5" x 23.4" USD 450 USD 600
A1 594 mm x 842 mm 23.4" x 33.1" USD 700 USD 900




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  2. Prices will vary with the materials used, with the number of subjects (complexity) and with the overall size.
  3. Prices do not include shipping, packing, framing or insurance costs. These should be itemised separately and the total price agreed up-front.
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