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The decision to turn to art as a career was made later in her life. She was born in Pretoria and matriculated with art as one of her main subjects. She obtained a Teaching degree. During the eighties her career included teaching art, freelance journalism, and public relations at the Department of Water Affairs. It was only when she was living in a remote, isolated area of Lesotho for a two-year period 1994-1996 that the need to express her in art could no longer be suppressed.
In 1997 she enrolled for a BA Fine Arts degree at the University of Pretoria with full time studies as a mature student. She completed it in 2000, majoring in painting. She was awarded an Academic prize in her first year, Best art student in her second year and the Frieda van Schalkwyk prize for Art Management in her third year. She has lectured at University of Pretoria as Fine Art Education lecturer, Design School Southern Africa, Central Tafe School of Art & Design, Western Australia. She completed a post graduate Visual Art diploma at Curtin University, Western Australia in 2007, and was invited to be Graduate in Residence the following year. She is married to Johan, a Civil engineer and has two daughters. Johan has always been involved with construction work which meant that the couple moved almost every two years to a new destination. They are currently living in Western Australia, and are exploring new places.
Magda’s work deals with an aesthetic archaeology and memory excavation of the artist visual recordings of places and specific sites she has lived in or has visited. These visual imprints are the inspiration for the artist expressive, imaginary, abstract paintings or 'mind sites'. Her work process involves a personal journey with material and paint reflecting a flux of excavation, adding and subtraction. She has participated in various group exhibitions in Pretoria and Australia since 1997.