Arisha Maharaj (b.1994, Johannesburg) completed her undergraduate degree with Honours in Fine Art (Painting and Sculpture) at the University of Witwatersrand, in 2016. Arisha joined the Johannesburg office of Strauss & Co as a cataloguer in the same year, becoming an Art Specialist in 2018. She continued her studies and graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of Witwatersrand in 2021. Her research topic investigated the secondary art market and how it contributes to the current art historical landscape.
Arisha assists with the marketing and digital marketing of the company, is well versed in managing collections and has a special interest in Modern and Contemporary South African art.
In addition to assisting clients, Arisha plays an important role in client outreach and education. In 2022 she co-curated the notable Strauss & Co legacy exhibition Dream Invisible Connections: Dorothy Kay and Mary Sibande alongside Wilhelm van Rensburg, and more recently in 2023 she assisted with the Sydney Kumalo and Ezrom Legae Retrospective Sculpture Exhibition.
Arisha is qualified to address any enquiries related to Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings, Prints, Sculpture and New Media on behalf of Strauss & Co.