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

“My focus is on the relationship between humans and nature, which I explore mostly directly in nature in a site-specific way but also removed in a studio setting. Humans have manipulated nature for millennia. I investigate the impact of the human hand on nature in very direct and basic ways.

Manipulation – from Latin manus “hand” and plere “to fill”.
A sense of skillfully handling an object or a person to one’s own advantage.

In my art I often dedicate time and effort to a seemingly transient yet perfect object like a leaf. Combining old-fashioned hand-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 the balance of fragility and strength of the leaves but also makes the destructive and senseless (ab)use of nature by humans visible.

Earth, pure earth, is a material I love to work with, too. It also speaks about human manipulation of nature - breaking the earth, digging in, firing it, smashing it, grinding it, using the minerals found underground in the earth - all of it connected to the human hand guided by the human mind.

Sometimes my work is ephemeral, made in situ and after completion and documentation left to disintegrate or decompose.”

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