Jeanne M. Hugo is a South African artist living and working in Cape Town.
Her views of the outside world have been theatrically influenced by the porthole through which she observed passing shores during a six year sojourn working on various cruise liners as an Art Director. She settled in the United States, first exploring the East Coast and then the West Coast but soon after she had her son, emigrated back home.

Hugo started her career as a designer at a leading fabric house in South Africa. Immersed by rolls and rolls of multifarious fabrics, she connected this fundamental man-made creation to the constant forming and sculpting of cultures. She is intrigued by the notion that we continuously migrate and subsequently our bodies become the landscape – and ultimate proof – of time.
Hugo is of French Huguenot descent, her husband of Dutch heritage. The marriage of Europe and Africa in the late 17th century has created an enthralling set of symbols and customs through which Hugo’s inspiration become aroused.


“I aim to have my viewers somehow gripped by the soothing childlike innocence of my work and then be transported to an unsettling familiarity of their own (un)conscious state.
For me the universe is the supreme black space surrounding a brilliantly lit up stage, and we are all performing our parts on this stage. Building and chiseling, breaking down and remaking, embellishing, living and dying. A great big ever rolling mandala of time, we keep ourselves busy with things we feel must get done, all whilst the black space patiently observes.”


  • 1995 Winner in Creative Writing competition and subsequently had an afternoon of high tea with Queen Elizabeth II
  • 1999 Voted Finalist in ‘Best Young Artist’ at the Tygerberg Art School | South Africa
  • 2004 Finalist in the Timo Smuts Art Competition | Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • 2005 Finalist in the Timo Smuts Art Competition | Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • 2005 Obtain Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • 2010 Exhibition alongside Elmarie Lategan at the Wessel Snyman Creative | Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2010 ‘Smorgasbord’ Group Exhibition at Wessel Snyman Creative | Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2011 Group Exhibition in the Alberto Perez Gallery | Ensenada, Mexico
  • 2012 Fund Raising Exhibition for ‘Building Botswana’ at the Green Monkey Gallery | New Jersey, New York
  • 2013 Finalist in the Vuleka Fine Art Awards, exhibited at the Art B Gallery | Bellville, South Africa
  • 2014 Group Exhibition at the Grand Provence Estate Gallery | Franschhoek, South Africa
  • 2015 Obtained Diploma in ‘Art and Interactive Strategy’ from the Museum of Modern Art | New York
  • 2016 Ebb & Flow{er} exhibition at Upstairs Gallery | Cape Town
  • 2017 Judith Mason Tribute Group Exhibition at the Christo Coetzee Gallery | Tulbagh, Cape Town
  • 2017 ‘Requiem’ Group Show at Móinéir Gallery | Pringle Bay, Cape Town
  • 2017 Guest Artist & Speaker at Casa Dumetz Winery | Los Alamos, California
  • 2019 Exhibition alongside Elmarie van Straten at Beyerskloof Wybar | Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • 2020 Saronsberg Kunsteater ‘Stillewe’ Exhibition | Tulbagh, Western Cape
  • 2021 GalleryONE11 | Curator