Penelope Meniere is a South African born, conceptual mixed-media artist. (b. Cape Town, South Africa/1973), She has recently settled back in Cape Town South Africa, after an unintentional seven year road trip, spanning from Africa, USA, Europe and Asia.

After completing her diploma in Graphic art/advertising at The Art Directors Workshop (Cape Town, South Africa / 1992 / she spent seven years working as a commercial artist/art director for several multi-national/international advertising agencies. Her explosive use of colour, graphic imagery and conceptual subject matter are a direct influence from her accumulated years spent in advertising.

Penelope's ability to manipulate a diverse range of mediums has developed from the fortuitous teachings and workshops given by many talented artists;

Ruth Levy / Contemporary South African Artist
Ida Walt / Silk Screen workshop
Diana Hyslop / Contemporary South African Artist, Bag Factory, Life Drawing Workshop
Ida Swartz Gesseau / South African art curator / artist workshop, including; Helen Sebidi, Bongi Bengu, Zanele Mashinini and Ilana Seati. Resulting in “Shared/Sharing“ exhibition.
Jonathon Taylor / Documentary Photojournalist, Bangkok, Photography Workshop
Poteri Studio / Bangkok, ceramic and wheel instruction

Her recent worldwide journey has not only exposed her to many contrasting cultures and traditions, but simultaneously challenged her beliefs, altered her mind and added to a collection of inspirations and influences while she was on the road.

Exhibitions

  • “A Still Life” / 2003 / Upstairs@Bamboo / JHB, South Africa
  • “Here and Now / 2004 / Joint exhibition, curated by Jane Lane / Upstairs@Bamboo / Johannesburg,
                                         South Africa
  • Woman / 2007 / Upstairs@Bamboo / Johannesburg, South Africa
  • The Great Immigration/ 2009 / Alliance Francaise / Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Shared/Sharing/ 2009 / Joint Exhibition, curated by Ida Swartz Gesseau / Alliance Francaise /
                                         Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Hung out to Dry/ June 2013 / Phunk Studio / Singapore
  • I am not a Sex Show / June 2014 / Four Points by Sheraton / Sukhmvit, Bangkok, Thailand
  • "The Banquet" / July 2015 / chosen and shortlisted to exhibit at Bibliothèque de la Halle Aux Grains /
                                    Place de L'Hôtel de Ville Aix en Provence

Permanent Collections and Installations

  • Alliance Francaise / Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Park Cities School of Music / Dallas, Texas, USA
  • Lamplighter School / “The Chicken Coop” installation project / Dallas, Texas, USA

Work

  • 2015-2017 Lille France /

Pene launched a new creative concept DIY monthly subscription box, called PIMPABOX for young woman.

The concept for Pimpabox grew during her recent relocation to France from Bangkok. Having lived in many countries her two adolescent children had been immersed into multiple and very different educational systems, it quickly became apparent that the French schooling system preferred to focus more on the academic results of their student, as opposed to their personal, emotional and social development. Pene found this educational system not only to be lacking in interactive based activities, student collaboration, but lack of creativity was stifling, and there was simply no fun in learning.

As such, her accumulated observations and frustrations sparked her idea to provide teenagers with a monthly escape from school assignments, exams and other social pressures, and such she set about creating a creative toolbox to encourage play, imagination, and collaboration through simple and original DIY type activities.

Working closely with renowned illustrator Sonia Polis, and up and coming fashion photographer, Clement Decoster she imagined and created the brand Pimpabox.