Ian van Coller


Ian van Coller was born in 1970, in Johannesburg, South Africa, and grew up in the country during a time of great political turmoil.  These formative years became integral to the subject matter van Coller has pursued throughout his artistic career. His work has addressed complex cultural issues of both the apartheid and post-apartheid eras, especially with regards to cultural identity in the face of globalization, and the economic realities of everyday life.  Van Coller received a National Diploma in Photography from Technikon Natal in Durban, and in 1992 he moved to the United States to pursue his studies where he received a BFA (photography) from Arizona State University, and an MFA (photography) from The University of New Mexico. He currently lives in Bozeman, Montana with his wife, children, two dogs and is an Associate Professor of Photography at Montana State University.  His work has been widely exhibited in the United States and South Africa, including 20 solo exhibitions and over 70 group exhibitions, and is included in many significant museum collections including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Fogg Museum, The Getty Collection and The South African National Gallery (IZIKO). Van Coller is represented by JDC Fine Art in San Diego, Passages Bookshop in Portland Oregon, Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona and Schneider Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.