Robert Watermeyer was born in 1983 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town in 2008 and has a Master of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. His work has been included in numerous high-profile international exhibitions including; French Institute (Morocco); Caochangdi PhotoSpring Festival (Pekin, China); Galerie Azzedine Alaia (Paris, France); the Aperture Foundation (New York); Centro de las Artes (Monterrey, Mexico); Fotoweek DC (Washington, DC); Pingyao International Photography Festival (Pingyao, China); Recontres d' Arles (Arles, France), New York Photo Festival (New York, NY) and the Musee de L'Elysee (Lausanne, Switzerland).
He was awarded a Tierney Fellowship, New York, 2008-2009 and in 2010 he was selected for reGeneration 2: Tomorrows Photography Today, an internationally touring exhibition and book, published by Thames and Hudson. He currently lives in Boston as he continues to work on his ongoing series This Land.
These images were taken as part of the series This Land. In this body of work, I explore the vast geography of the American west, attempting to interpret the spaces and landscapes. Within this, I am drawn to the barren and the empty, to places that appear tired, used up, beyond mercy or repair, but contain a reminder of the striking beauty and sublime character of the natural world. This project is on going.
Master of Fine Arts Degree, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, Massachusetts.
Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.
New Talent, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA.
Best of the North East MFA, Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT.
2011 PRC Student Exhibition, Boston University, Boston, MA.
French Institute, Fez, Morocco.
Caochangdi PhotoSpring Festival, Pekin, China.
Galerie Azzedine Alaia, Paris, France.
Aperture Foundation, New York, United States.
Art of Photography Show 2010, Lyceum Theatre Gallery, San Diego, CA.
reGeneration 2: Tomorrows Photographers Today, Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary.
Centro de las Artes, Monterrey, Mexico.
Centre Gallery, Miami Dade College, Miami, FL.
Fotoweek DC, Washington, DC.
Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italy.
Flash Forward Festival, Toronto, Canada.
Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China.
Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, Cape Town.
Recontres d' Arles, Arles, France.
Musee de L'Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland.
The Lie of the Land: Representations of the South African Landscape, Iziko: The Old Town House, Cape Town,, South Africa, and Sanlan Gallery Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa.
New York Photo Festival, Tierney Fellowship Group Show, New York, NY.
South African Fellows: Tierney Fellowship Group Show, Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town, South Africa.
ABSA Atelier, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Rose Korber Art Salon, 17th Annual Rose Korber Art Salon, Cape Town, South Africa.
Tierney Fellowship, New York, United States, 2008-2009
reGeneration 2: Tomorrows Photography Today, Thames and Hudson