Rina Ritzi

Ritzi creates artwork to fit into a specific space. We love the collaborative process of working with clients to create the right piece of work for their space, from large corporate offices to hotels, guesthouses and high-end private homes. As we are primarily commissioned artists, our clients are guaranteed exclusivity. Our artwork is personal, emotional, distinctive, evocative and unique.


Nature in South Africa

Nature has played a significant role as a source of inspiration to Ritzi in creating paintings. She has special memories of spending lots of time in nature as a little child and her father taught her to appreciate the beauty of it.

South Africa is truly a nature lover's destination as it offers some of the most diverse landscapes on the entire African continent. Forests, mountains, deserts, grasslands and savannahs are just some of the scenes one can hope to encounter.

Looking at beautiful birds chirping in the tree, cherry blossoms, cloudy sky, sunrise in the mountains, vast green valley, the magnificent sunset on the beach - everything is so close to us! It is always the most accessible resource to ignite your artistic mind to create paintings. In our ever-changing lives, nature is a reliable constant.

Reddish Clouds “Reddish Clouds”

139 x 72 x 2 mm oil painting on stretched canvas, ready to hang

Artist's Inspiration
The clouds that we see in the sky when it rains are usually low clouds. ... The reddish hue that we see at sunset (especially during rainy seasons) is due to the reflection of light from the low-cloud base, which happens to be relatively close to the ground.
The colors we see in the sky are due to the rays of sunlight being split into colors of the spectrum as they pass through the atmosphere and ricochet off the water vapor and particles in the atmosphere. The amounts of water vapor and dust particles in the atmosphere are good indicators of weather conditions. They also determine which colors we will see in the sky.
During sunrise and sunset the sun is low in the sky, and it transmits light through the thickest part of the atmosphere. A red sky suggests an atmosphere loaded with dust and moisture particles. We see the red, because red wavelengths (the longest in the color spectrum) are breaking through the atmosphere.

Tethered Butterfly “Tethered Butterfly”

120 x 85 x 4.5 cm oil painting on stretched canvas, ready to hang

Artist's inspiration:

“The butterfly is a flying flower,
The flower a tethered butterfly.”
― Ponce Denis Écouchard Le Brun

“The Flight of Butterflies Iris is the most beautiful, tiny and delicate of Irises that I have ever seen. I see it as a tethered flower. Its petals move as if it could take flight any second. And how delightful and wondrous is this quote, to see the butterfly as a flying flower and to see the flower as a butterfly about to take flight; it makes me see flowers differently and with more wonder, and butterflies too! I really appreciate, as an adult, to be given a whimsical and new perspective.”

Autumn Rivers “Autumn Rivers”

180 x 90 cm oil painting on stretched canvas, ready to hang

Rina has a place in her heart, rather than in her brain, for color changes in nature. When she watches a chameleon change color, she does not think of what it’s skin cells are doing; she just thinks, “Isn’t that wonderful!” When she learned what really causes them to change color, she was disappointed. She wanted it to be magic. She feels the same way when she sees leaves changing color in the fall. It is so beautiful, it must be magic, right?
Autumn is a great time to visit the river. River and stream valleys are ablaze with beautiful fall colors. When autumn turns the leaves red and golden in the vineyards on the steep slopes, your eyes just can't get enough. Rivers often act like a mirrors for the changing fall colors.

Autumn means a lot of fun and outdoors activities. It brings different colors to the people's life – yellow, red, orange, brown and more. The temperature becomes colder, days shorter. Animals starting preparation for cold months and plants stop making food, everything in the nature slowly starting to fall asleep.

Rising Icicle “Rising Icicle”

35 x 130 cm oil painting on stretched canvas, ready to hang
Although South Africa is a relatively small country, it is a climate patchwork of warm coastal subtropics, hot deserts, humid highlands, snow-topped mountains and an enclave of Mediterranean weather in the southwest.
Something Rina finds very interesting is the forming of icicles – also patchworks of cold and warmth.
Icicles are formed on days when the outdoor air temperature is sub freezing and heat from sunlight melts snow or ice on anything sloped. The droplets of water freeze as they loses their heat to the cold air, forming a cone-like shape of ice.
Hot and cold creativity
Different types of creativity can emerge when a person feels hot or cold, researchers found.
In a series of experiments, researchers found that people who were given a heated therapeutic pad, a hot cup of tea or who were in a warm room were better at creative drawing, categorizing objects and thinking of gift ideas for others.
But when they were cold, the participants were better at recognizing metaphors, thinking of new pasta names and planning abstract gift ideas.
It's possible that warmth helps people with warm relational creativity, meaning they may feel psychologically closer to other people and more generous toward them. In contrast, cold may stimulate referential, or distant and cold processing, as people may feel more apart from others.

Cumulus Fluff “Cumulus Fluff”

Everytime Rina flies in an aircraft and she looks out of the window she thinks:
I wanna sit on a cloud
I wanna be surrounded by the white fluffy condensation
I wanna lean back and relax in a giant white sack
and let my worries drift away with the breeze
I wanna feel at ease sitting in this chair watching the sky floating on by
with my imagination and realization that
I wanna sit on a cloud
Rina loves the fact that Cumulus clouds can be associated with good or bad weather. She is also amazed that they are usually widely spaced in the sky, have a flat base and rounded tops and are more notably the cloud forms we, as children, associate with animals, rocket ships, boats, unicorns and dragons. They are the clouds that let her imaginations run wild.