South African artist and arts educator Elna Venter was born in Pretoria in 1945. She studied Fine Arts at the Johannesburg Art Foundation and the Pretoria Open Window Art Academy for 5 years before participating in various vetted exhibitions like New Signatures and PPC Sculpture, as well as group exhibitions. Venter has presented eight solo exhibitions in South Africa and England. Her works are represented in corporate collections of Sasol, Telkom and Rand Merchant Bank, North West University as well as in private collections in South Africa and England.
Her work is strongly influenced by the Still Life, which addresses the lifeless world. In her case, lifeless objects are collected in fields and streets, found in flea markets, discovered in libraries, bought in shops or manufactured by herself. She also uses photography extensively. In many cases she makes a collage (cut and paste of paper, photographs and found objects to create a meaningful image) from which she then paints or obtain prints. She utilizes visual images created by other artists and eclectically integrates them in her work. The object is not only her subject; it is also her instrument for communication.