Frances Schandera-Duarte




Frances Schandera-Duarte was born in 1975 near Dresden, Germany. She studied Fashion Design in Schneeberg, Germany. After lecturing in Kazakhstan and working in Switzerland, Frances completed a post-graduate Master’s Degree at University of Fine Arts in Dresden, Germany. Since 2006 she works as a professional artist and lives with her husband, a South African artist Everett Duarte and their daughter in Germany and South Africa.

Frances Schandera-Duarte uses a large variety of art materials in her paintings. These are designed in a way that blend and merge all the various elements into a unified and compelling whole. Layers of oil paint and ink, mineral sand and Japanese paper create these meditative paintings. White provides her with an imaginary space, specific visual elements layered onto the whiteness appear to ‘glow’ from within the surface. This allows for different interpretations of the final piece.

Her work has an alluring quality in that it pulls the viewer closer to the painting in an attempt to gain as much information from the surface as possible. Curiosity often results in the need to gently touch the paintings surface.