Ruan Hoffmann, a South African Ceramic-Artist based in the Netherlands, transforms everyday things like plates, containers, and tiles into willful, irregular, and malformed forms using ceramic earthenware as his chosen material. Halfway between art and design, ceramist draws his intentions in and within the plates that he sculpts. Decorating the colourful glazed plates using a wide range of imagery and text, which are unapologetically political and combative, to express his unedited thoughts on life experiences that inspire, challenge, and resonate with everyone.
Ruan Hoffmann creates a dialogue between form and content in all his works, mixing messages that question our times with deconstruction or deformation of objects. The artist thus plunges us into a world of dark humour, decadence and nonconformism. The artworks of Hoffman has been widely exhibited, also in several international collections, including the South African National Gallery, The Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium and the Museo de Arte Moderno, Dominican Republic, Apple and more.