Hanneke Benade completed the degree BA (Fine Arts) in 1993 at the University of Pretoria and worked as a part-time lecturer in drawing between 1994 and 1998.
She exhibited extensively in Gauteng from 1993, taking part in group shows locally and abroad. She participated at the Joburg Biennale and was represented at the London Art Fair.
Her first solo show, 'Local Girls', was in 1996 at Gallery on Tyrone, Johannesburg, and after relocating to Cape Town she showed 'Passage' at the Chelsea gallery in Darling, followed by 'The Gift' at the US Gallery in Stellenbosch and ' Once More, Wants more' at the Scukan Gallery in Pretoria the same year. She exhibits at the Everard Reads and 'Stage' was her most recent solo exhibition at the Read Gallery in Cape Town.
Hanneke received several awards, among them Merit Awards at the ABSA Atelier (1995/6) and a Brett Kebble Award (2003). In 2008 she received two Kanna-Awards at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees in Oudtshoorn.
Some of her work is housed in collections of the Universities of Stellenbosch, Pretoria, Free State, and Johannesburg; as well as Spier Holdings, Rand Merchant Bank, SAB, Hollard House, Pretoria Art Museum, Gauteng Provincial Government, British American Tobacco Company, Sanlam, Sasol, Telkom, and ABSA.