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MAURITZ CLOETE

MARKETING MANAGER

His career in creative arts started after he was offered a position at the Johannesburg Municipal Museums’ Art department as a junior display artist where he gained extensive experience in the setting up and organising exhibition spaces as well as working under the guidance of curators of different museums like the Africana Museum, the Bensusan Museum of photography, The James Hall Transport Museum, The National Costume Museum and other smaller Museums which were part of the Johannesburg Municipality in the early nineties, all of which now form part of the Museum Africa in Newtown.  After leaving the Art department he has been working in interior design, doing projects ranging from Hospitality and Corporate to Domestic spaces. Having taken a break from design for three years he worked as a Co-Owner of a Restaurant after which he returned to Johannesburg where he has been running a Digital Design Studio since 2010.

Mauritz recently acquired the business Studio Gesso, which is a well established framing business serving the Melville area for well over 20 years. The space which was previously used as a commercial gallery is currently being transformed into a contemporary art space.

After a chance meeting with fellow director of Sosesame Gallery, Naomi Menyoko, Mauritz learned that Naomi, along with fellow directors, Johannes Phokela and Same Mdluli has been scouting for premises from which to run the gallery. Having met all the directors and establishing a common vision for the gallery it was not long before the now Sosesame Gallery was born.