The New York Optimist
August 2008
Johann Ryno de Wet
*1982 Johannesburg, ZA



Biography
1982 born in Johannesburg, South Africa
2002-05 B-Tech degree in Photography at the Tshwane
University of Technology
2001 Fine Arts at the Design School South Africa
Lives and works in Cape Town

Exhibitions
[S] Solo- / [G] Group-Exhibition

2009   'No Man’s Land', Galerie Poller, Frankfurt a.M. [S]
'Trouble in Paradise: Examining Discord Between Nature and
Society',
Tucson Museum of Art, AZ
2008   'No Man’s Land', Galerie Poller, New York, NY [S]
2007   'The last painting show' (Lidia Benavides, Chus García-
Fraile, Raphael Di
Luzio, Jesús Portal, Mariana Vassileva), curated by Paco
Barragán,
photo miami, Miami, FL [G]
2007   'Shot and Go. A vision of today's international
photography', curated by
Rafaelle Gavarro, Venice, I [G]
2007   'No Man’s Land', camara oscura galeria de arte,
Madrid, E [S]
2007   'Arrebato' (Nan Goldin, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Sally Mann,
Bill Henson ...), camara
oscura galeria de arte, Madrid, E [G]
2005-07 'ReGeneration - 50 photographers of tomorrow',
Museé de l’Elysée,
Lausanne, CH / Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milano, I / Aperture
Foundation,
New York, NY / Pingyao Festival, Pingyao, China / Art
Institute of Boston,
MA / Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA [G]

Awards
2007   II Pilar Citoler International Award of Contemporary
Photography, Spain

Bibliography
'Shot and Go', exhibition catalogue, Damiani Editore, Italy,
2007
Lápiz, review of the 'No Man’s Land' exhibition, issue 231,
2007
El Cultural, review of the 'No Man’s Land' exhibition, issue
12-18 April 2007
'No Man’s Land', camara oscura galeria de arte, Madrid, 2007
'Arrebato', exhibition catalogue, Madrid, Spain, 2007
South African Journal of Photography, Vol 1 issue 2 and 3,
2006
Sunday Times, The Bigger Picture featured photographer,
March 2006
'ReGeneration - 50 photographers of tomorrow', Thames and
Hudson, London, 2005

Public Collections
2005   Museé de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland

Private Collections

in South Africa, Spain, Belgium, UK and USA
Syren
TheGarden
TheMagneticFields
The Great North
Thirst
Tribe
Vertigo
Theoldmanshouse