About us

Carl Maritz’ original passion was always painting, drawing and designing. Upon being drafted to the Navy in 1987 (National Service was still mandatory then), He was transferred after basic training to the Navy photography department, a skill he further honed after being demobbed, by studying a Diploma in Photography at Pretoria Technicon. This completed, He entered the Marketplace as a photographer in various guises, for a number of years. In 1998, whilst travelling in Bolivia, he had a career decision made on his behalf when all his equipment was stolen. Thus, his first Mural was painted in a beautiful town called Sorata in the Andes of Bolivia. What followed, was what he describes as his real education, a long travelling period where his sole income was from Murals and Art.

Returning to South Africa in 2001 he undertook the Forest Hall mural commission, to this day still his opus of works and so began the process of building the business back home. It was in 2005 that he met Cecilia, and with her expertise in sculpture a creative partnership was born that has proceeded from strength to strength!

Cecilia Wilmot’s creative destiny was determined from an early age, having grown up in a family of  Artists- she recalls helping to prepare and frame her Father (Martin Wenkidu’s) paintings every year for the long haul to exhibit at the Grahamstown festival, where age twelve she sold her first sculptures from an open suitcase.

Cecilia graduated from Maritzburg University with a degree in Fine Arts- Sculpture, Drama, Theatre Arts and Philosophy. She lived in the UK between 1998 and 2001 working as a freelance artist. Upon her return to Durban she launched an Arts and Drama School for children until 2004. It was her decision to move to Joburg a year later, that set the wheels in motion for a chance meeting with Carl that formed the beginning of Space Alchemy.

Our Staff consist of four full time employees, Sam Mpofu, Bongani Nyoni, Richard Makhuva and Hloai Mahlope- all highly trained  and proficient in their respective fields of our business. They are instrumental in most of our successful endeavours.