Leli Hoch was born in Germany into a family of artists, writers and musicians. She lives in Stanford, South Africa.
She studied Sociology, Psychology and Educational Sciences, and holds a MA in Educational Sciences.
Working in the outdoor tourism industry led to living an adventurous life in intimate connection with nature and, closing the circle of her roots, initiated her into working as a nature artist.

Artist Statement

In my art I often dedicate time and effort to a seemingly transient yet perfect object like a leaf. Combining old-fashioned craft techniques with a fragile material like a leaf shows the delicate nature of it. How I work and the use of fresh or dried leaves highlights a balance of fragility and strength.

I use natural materials and mainly work outside with the smallest possible footprint. Most of my work is ephemeral, made in situ and after completion and documentation left to disintegrate or decompose. My work, speaking about impermanence, becomes a tribute to the ephemerality of nature.

Leli Hoch is the organiser and one of the selectors for the Tankwa Artscape Residency, South Africa www.tankwaartscape.com


Daily Maverick, South Africa

The Village News, Hermanus, South Africa


Tankwa Artscape Artist Residency, South Africa
Symposium Grateloup St Gayrand, Bordeaux, France

Tankwa Artscape Artist Residency, South Africa
Leeuwarden Cultural Capital Europe 2018, Tytsjerk Artist Residency, Netherlands

Global Nomadic Art Project Hungary
Global Nomadic Art Project Germany
Parco Sasso Simone e Simoncello: Paessaggi Migranti, Italy

Global Nomadic Art Project South Africa

Ephemeral Land Art Installations

AfrikaBurn 2012 – 2018
Baardskeerdersbos Art Route 2015 – 2018

Exhibitions (group)

“20/20 Vision - Hindsight Insight Foresight”
with Overstrand Artist Collective
Fynarts Gallery Hermanus, RSA

“Contemporary Nature”
with Tankwa Artscape Residency’s artists
Sfintu Gheorghe, Romania

Pop-Up exhibition “Broken”
with Overstrand Artist Collective, Stanford, RSA

Art Festival Tulbagh, South Africa
with Overstrand Artist Collective

Keramikwerkstatt im Steigerwald “Bienenrahmen”
Fabrikschleichach, Germany

Vijverspark Tytsjerk, Leeuwarden, NL
Geumgang Biennale, South Korea

Yatoo meets Dreieich, Stadtgalerie Dreieich, Germany
Korean Culture Center, Budapest, Hungary
International Forest Art Center, Darmstadt, Germany
Parco Begni, Pennabilli, Italy
Baardskeerdersbos Art Route, guest artist, South Africa

NWU Botanical Garden Gallery, Potchefstroom

Land Art Workshops since 2010

Works available in selected galleries in Cape Town

Works in private collections in South Africa and Europe