Mila Posthumus grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. Her work has always reflected the South African landscape, be it the wide open spaces, deserted buildings or the little cafes that dot the rural and urban roadsides, with their dusty gables and Coca Cola signs.

Her work is infused with an air of Hopper-like melancholy. The spaces are empty, the moments quiet. More recently, her focus has shifted to people. Here too the melancholy pervades, like a held breath. One seems to be given a glimpse into the private moments of the lives of the 'characters' that populate the paintings. These are suspended moments- the absence after someone has left the room, or the pause before some action is taken.

She works in oils, on canvas.

Mila lives on her family's wine farm in the town of Stellenbosch. Have a look at -