Born: 1972, Tswane, Gauteng Benade attended Pro Arte High School in Pretoria, matriculating with a distinction in Graphic Art. Thereafter she attended University of Pretoria, majoring in Printmaking. Her soft pastels are quiet and pensive figurative works, depicted with exquisitely delicate formal skill. Characteristically focusing on women shown in calm, contemplative poses, her figures are bathed in a tranquil light creating a timeless, Baroque-like stillness. They are private scenes with an ethereal mood, inviting the viewer to quietly admire their world of peaceful mediation. Hanneke’s paintings have been exhibited throughout South Africa in various public exhibitions and collections. She also regularly receives private commissions. Alongside her painting she has also lectured at the Universiy of Pretoria and also curated a group exhibition of eighty artists, ‘Squared’ at Café Palette, Pretoria Art Museum, following a three month stint at the ‘Cite Internationale des Arts’ in Paris in 1999 – 2000.