Studio Artaxia, a conservation company that specialises in the restoration of stone and metals in the built environment is one of Propella's newest incubatees. The studio is based in Port Elizabeth but executes conservation services nationwide over a broad range of objects, sculptures, monuments and architectural elements through its mobile conservation unit.
Studio Artaxia offers various studio-based services like specialist mould-making, casting and composite services to both government and private sectors. In addition, the studio hosts sculpture classes to encourage the public to tap into the art conservation space.
MAD (Music, Arts and Design) Incubator creative Josua Strumpfer, the owner of Studio Artaxia, realised he enjoyed sculpture whilst studying fine arts and was ultimately inspired to start his own business.
"Art is a very unique industry and is a good investment, however most people don't understand it, which is also the reason I was inspired to venture into art" said Josua.
Josua was born in Cape Town but spent his formative years in Port Elizabeth. He graduated from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Universities - School of Art and Design in 2010 with a degree in Fine Art Sculpture (cum laude). After his studies he furthered his education at the South African Institute for Conservation, specializing in stone and metal conservation.
In 2013 Josua realized a personal goal and won first place in the PPC YCSA competition with the best sculpture on exhibition. In 2014 he was a merit award winner in the Sasol New Signatures competition.
Visit Studio Artaxia for more information or to contact Josua.