Born in Johannesburg in 1979, Corné Venter subsequently relocated with his family and grew up in a small town to the south of Johannesburg. In 2001 Venter graduated from the Technikon Pretoria, now known as the Tshwane University of Technology, with a B-Tech in Fine arts.
Venter partook in several group exhibitions including:
2001 – Six Artists Exhibition – @ Lounge Maximus, Hazelwood, Pretoria
2001 & 2004 – Sasol New Signatures, official selection – Pretoria Art Museum
2003 – Suburban Mythologies, Minds i art space, Pretoria
2005 – FLY – urban artists’ collective, Arcadia, Pretoria
2021- Red Right Hand, The Artbox , Pretoria
In 2005 Venter co-founded and -managed a graphic design studio and executed several projects during this time including:
Young Designers SABC3 (2010) Guest judge on television programme aimed at developing young design talent.
Henry Mylne: Vaselinetjie (2010) Illustrated backdrop projections for Vaselinetjie, which toured the country.
In 2011 Venter started his own design company and undertook projects such as:
Clive Rundle at Johannesburg Fashion Week:
Conceptualised, designed and hand printed Summer 2012 fabrics with Natalie Wattenbach.
Fabrics were shown at Johannesburg Fashion Week and featured in several local and international fashion publications.
Clive Rundle Winter 2012:
Conceptualised, designed and hand printed Winter 2012 fabrics for Clive Rundle prét-a-porter range.
Clive Rundle Summer 2013:
Conceptualised, designed and hand printed Summer 2013 fabrics for Clive Rundle.
Fabrics were shown at Johannesburg Fashion Week and in Belgium.
During this time Venter was also involved with fashion illustration for the leisure sector in South Africa and Dubai.
In 2013 Venter had the opportunity to be a junior lecturer at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT), connected to the Graphic Design Department, a temporary position he held until 2018. Venter is currently enrolled as a Master’s student at the University of Johannesburg.
His thesis: Palimpsest as a visual language for engaging with memories of trauma is under the supervision of Prof. D. M. Paton. Susurration: Faint whispers, Deep Understanding is his first solo exhibition of works.