In studio with Kyne


Life is about creating oneself, and through art, I find meaning in creating colourful, vivid lives.

Contemporary Figurative Artist

Kyne Nislev Bernstorff


Through imagination and realism, the characters form, their features, feelings and spirits are transformed – it is the creation and capturing of something slightly awry, either hidden or overwhelming, beautiful or forlorn, but which is significant to me, that stirs and inspires me.

A contemporary figurative artist and writer, Kyne Nislev Bernstorff was born to Danish parents in Zimbabwe and grew up on a farm between the hills of the Mazowe Valley. Her love of Africa, its vibrant people and the deep, contrasting colours of the bush are what inspire her art. Kyne is married to a Dane, who now also holds dear the red soils of Africa; they have two children and not enough animals. Kyne lives and works between Cape Town and their farm in Denmark.

  • BA (Hons.) in Comparative Literature and European Studies from AUP in Paris
  • MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town
  • Her poetry and short-stories have been published in various anthologies and have been short-listed in several PEN awards.
  • She has had several group and solo exhibitions in Cape Town and Copenhagen.