Hanien Conradie was born in 1972 in Cape Town, South Africa. Her undergraduate education includes degrees in both architecture and fine arts. In 2012-15, she entered a 3 year period of post-graduate studies at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, and graduated with distinction with a Master of Fine Art (2015). Noteworthy scholarships and awards include the National Arts Council Scholarship (2013), the Jules Kramer Music & Fine Art International Bursary(2013-14), the MacIver Scholarship (2014) and the SASA Student Sponsorship Award (2014).
Conradie's Master of Fine Art solo exhibition, Spore, was presented at Michaelis Galleries in 2014. Spore was re-exhibited at WHOW Studios, the Cape Town arts educational venue of the University of South Africa, in 2015.
In the same year Conradie was invited by the AVA Gallery to curate and participate in On Entropy and Becoming, a group show focussing on global ecological concerns. Participating artists included top emerging artists such as Alexandra Karakashian, Maurice Mbikayi and Quanta Gauld.
Conradie has exhibited in numerous group shows, most notably: Imago Mundi: The Art of Humanity(2014-2016) in Rome, Venice and Brooklyn (NY); However (2015), ArtHub, London; Sasol New Signatures Finalists (2016), AVA, Pretoria, and Only Parts(2014), at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
She has participated in various key environmental art exhibitions such as: (In)The Nature of Things(2015), curated for the Hermanus Fynarts Festival by Marilyn Martin, Claims of the Land(2015) AVA Gallery, Cape Town, Liminal Geographies(2016), Barnard Gallery, Cape Town and Global Nomadic Art Project (2016), Cape Town.
Hanien Conradie was represented at the Cape Town Art Fair in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Conradie is a popular contributor to panel discussions and symposiums around art and ecology. The paper Félix Guattari's The Three Ecologies (an ecological-art dialogue with Quanta Gauld) was, for example, presented by Conradie at the Deleuze and Guattari Symposium in 2015 at the University of Cape Town.
In 2016 she was invited to be a participating artist in the South African portion of the Global Nomadic Art Project (GNAP); a 7 year project which supports eco-artists to travel across continents to re-activate the public's awareness and response.