Claudette Schreuders (1973 - ) was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1973, and today she lives and works in Cape Town. She graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art in 1998 with a master's degree in fine art. Her work as sculptor reveals diminutive carved and painted wooden figures that reflect the ambiguity she experiences in the search for an ‘African’ identity in South Africa’s post-apartheid era. As a perfectionist, Schreuders works slowly and indulges in the process. She starts off by making informal, thumbnail sketches on small pieces of paper. Her first series of etchings was a record of some of her favourite existing sculptures and she likes to keep these as a reminder of her work. Shreuders has had several solo exhibitions – both in South Africa and abroad, including one that toured the United States. She has also participated in several group exhibitions.