About Rugare Arts
Rugare Arts Europe is an initiative of Natasja van Leeuwen. Traveling is in Natasja blood.
Experiencing nature and culture in other countries
Always remains very special. During one of her travels to South Africa, she came into contact with
the artworks of Robin Kutinyu. It was love at first sight.
After meeting the artist and viewing his studio, the idea arose to bring more attention to his work in
Europe. This fitted in seamlessly with Robin Kutinyu’s vision for the future. Rugare Arts became a
A part of the collection can be viewed by appointment at our address in Helvoirt.
About the artist
I’ve been surrounded by art throughout my life. My Zimbabwean father was an acclaimed sculptor
who specialised in wildlife and also painted in oils. I first started sculpting rhino at the age of five as
well as assisting my father finishing his pieces. I honed my skills and sold my first collection of birds
and turtles at the tender age of ten. I have since been completely absorbed by animals, the human
figure and sculpture, the movement and anatomy of animals and the human form.
I work in many different types of media. My favourite stones are; Granite, for its multiple textures
and finishing qualities, Marble for its classic association with sculptors, Bowenite, Potoro Leonardo,
Jasper, Sodalite, Picture stone for its dazzling colours, Spring stone and Wonder stone for the
contrasting texture between polished, unpolished and wax for bronze casting which allows me
versatility in movement.
I have regular private collectors in USA, Germany, England, Australia, Switzerland and a growing
number in South Africa. One of the highlights of my career so far are two life size tigers
commissioned by the Mother of an international sports figure, as well as a collection for the National
Zoo & Aquarium in Canberra , Australia. I have exhibited at the Safari Club International in Reno,
Afridesia Gallery, Red Bank, New Jersey and an art promotional exhibition held by the Spanish
ambassador at his Cape Town residence.