“I do not set out to make art every day, that would be idiotic. I just set out to be
My portraits are moments in the past captured on canvas. They should have
dissipated into the past, but I dragged them back into the present. I cannot explain
them to you, that is your job. Mine is just to make you see your soul through my
I have been lost so many times and realised that getting back is the actual journey.
You grow as an artist and ultimately your world changes as well as your work.
I try to dance to the radio, sing in the shower, eat cake, cry and laugh and laugh and
laugh, but most of all love - every day. And that is all I need to do…”
Jonel Scholtz obtained a Baccalaureus Scientiae degree in Chemistry and
Biochemistry from the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, in 1994.
She started painting in 1988, while in high school, with Louise Goudemond, an
American born artist, specializing in figurative work and oil portraits.
She has exhibited in South Africa in Johannesburg (Alice Art Gallery), Clarens (The
Gallery), Cape Town (Marzé Botha Art Gallery), Swellendam (Die Kunstehuijs),
Hartebeespoort Dam ( Old Masters, Chris Tugwell), Pretoria (Showroom Art Gallery) and Dullstroom (Branko Dimitrov Art Gallery).
Internationally Jonel Scholtz has exhibited at the Agora Gallery, New York; Art
Fusion Gallery in Miami, at the Castello Estense in Ferrara in Italy, NY at the
International Expo in 2010 and the United Nations as part of International Women's Day.
She was selected in 2015 by Monteoliveto Gallery (Naples and Nice), as part of
the search for new talent. She was picked as one of 3 artists world-wide, who was then represented in Monaco and internationally, by Monteoliveto Gallery Nice-
Naples. In 2015 she exhibited extensively in Europe at Art Fairs like Monaco,
Amsterdam Affordable Art Fair, Art3F in Nice as well as in Paris at a Christmas
exhibition. Since 2016 her work has been exhibited in Mauritius’ Didus Art Gallery,
curated by Asmita Chomroo.
In 2018 she was awarded an artist residency at Tamarin Art Centre in Mauritius. She went there for one month and expanded her artistic horizons and is now included as one of the exhibiting artists at the Tamarin Art Gallery curated by Leanda Brass, well-known UK sculptor.