Born in Mocambique in 1970 Ana Pereira de Vlieg now resides in Durban, South Africa. She graduated with a Higher National Diploma in Fine Arts from the Natal Technikon (now Durban University of Technology) with distinctions in sculpture. She completed a postgraduate Higher Diploma in Education through the University of Natal in 1997. Pereira de Vlieg was a finalist for the Emma Smith Scholarship in 1994. Her first solo show was held at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in 1994. Her final year work done at the Technikon was displayed. Pereira de Vlieg was a member of the collaborative Studio Four, founded by Brigitte Maingard, during post graduate years. She has associations with the Kwazulu Natal Society of Arts, Durban Art Gallery and the Association of Portuguese in Natal, exhibiting in many group shows.
Pereira de Vlieg was Vice Principal and art teacher at the Inthuthuko School, catering for previously disadvantaged children of Kwa Mashu from 1994 to 1995. She was involved in large scale municipal mural commissions, such as the Effingham Road Bridge Mural and Durban Railway Station Pillars. The Effingham Road Bridge Mural was commissioned to commemorate the alleviation of the Group Areas Act, since the bridge was the dividing line between 'white' and 'coloured' residential areas during the Apartheid Era. Pereira de Vlieg was involved with community development in these projects, upskilling local participating community members.
The Shadow is a fascination of Pereira de Vlieg's, implying connectivity between figure and field, referencing Jung's description of the shadow :'gold in the psyche' – the hidden gifts and talents, symbolising the attainment of full potential and negative if not revealed and utilised . These detailed, figurative, oil on canvas studies celebrate the high contrasts of coastal light, deep etching the figures and rendering the field almost overexposed.
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Pereira de Vlieg completed the KZNSA Professional Practice Course in April 2010.
This exhibiting artist and mother of two children was selected to be guest speaker and opened the north Durban Junior and Senior Primary School Annual Art Exhibition held at Virginia School. Download her speech.
More recently Pereira de Vlieg was announced a finalist for The South African Artist Magazine and a feature was done on this artist .