Born in 1961, Strijdom van der Merwe studied art in South Africa and abroad in England, the Netherlands, as well as the Czech Republic.
As a land artist, Strijdom van der Merwe generally uses the materials as found on a chosen site. These sculptural forms take shape in relation to the landscape. It is a process of working with the natural environment/world by using what is found on site and then shaping these elements into geometrical forms until it gradually integrates with the natural environment again. Depending on the purpose of the exhibition or the commission the artist will also use materials that is brought in to the landscape in order the make a statement about our relationship with the land, in many of these works the installation is not permanent but only functional for the duration of a certain event.
Strijdom van der Merwe is a recipient of the Jackson Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and has been awarded a Medal of Honor from the South African Academy of Arts and Science.