Adriaan Boshoff was one of the great impressionists of our time. He was a reclusive man, an artist who was only really happy in his studio surrounded by paint and canvas.
Alexander was born in 1915 in Beaufort West. His family moved to Port Elizabeth in 1927, where he began his art studies at the Art School of the Port Elizabeth Technical College. After completing his studies, he enrolled as an apprentice sign-writer, continuing to pursue his art in his free time.
Amos Langdown was born on 7 May 1930, in Plettenberg Bay. He was involved for many years in art education. He trained as a teacher at the Zonnebloem College in Cape Town, first teaching at a primary school then he became a schools inspector.
Born in Potchefstroom in 1933, Andre de Beer devoted his life to the contribution of art in every possible way, whether through lecturing, serving as Chairman of the National Art Association of South Africa, or becoming a full time artist in 1983.
Anton Benzon was born to a family of artists on 18 March 1944. Being the son of mother Elize Laidler, a watercolour artist and of father Johan Oldert, famous South African landscape artist, Benzon gives new meaning to the phrase “born to paint”.
Anton Gericke was born in Johannesburg in 1947. He traveled extensively with his parents being in the hotel trade.
Aviva received her education in Pretoria where she matriculated in 1978, achieving a distinction in Art. At the University of Pretoria, she obtained a BA Degree and a post graduate Diploma in Museum Technology. She married and moved to Gazankulu. Moving to the countryside proved to be the driving force for Aviva to nurture her artistic talent. It was during their stay in Sibasa, Venda, that Aviva was first noticed as young artist. She participated in an exhibition hosted by the SA Embassy in Venda, as well as a solo exhibition in Makhado and several group exhibitions in Pretoria.
Buffet was born in Paris, France, and studied art there. Sustained by the picture-dealer Maurice Garnier, Buffet produced religious pieces, landscapes, portraits and still-lifes.
Dr. Bettie Cilliers-Barnard was born November 11, 1914, in Rustenburg, South Africa.
Brandon grew up in Johannesburg and always had a very keen interest in animals, keeping all kinds of weird and wonderful pets. At the age of fifteen he moved to Durban where he immediately started working part-time at the Dolphinarium and Snake Park on weekends and holidays. School was little more than an irritation that happened somewhere in a gloomy background and delayed him from getting on with what he wanted to do.
Born in Somerset East, Cape Province, he studied languages at University of Wits before turning to Art.
Born in March 1970, the genesis of Casey's artistic path began under humble circumstances, copying Disney characters and immersing himself in an imaginary world at age 10. He recalled how the animators would make rough sketches of, for instance, water ripples or the movements of trees and the rustle of leaves in a cold wind and incorporate these effects to add a sense of mood. It is the attention to detail and the observation of nature that gives a depth to his work.
Sculptor Casper Darare’s strength lies in his amazing ability to create human figures with great expression, sensitivity, and mood.
Chris Tugwell (1938) was born in Durban. Apart from private lessons he received in his formative years from established painters in Natal, he had no formal art training. Yet, Chris says that art has been the driving force throughout his life.
Christiaan Nice was born 13 March 1939. He has become famous for his oil paintings depicting donkey carts, District Six Cape scenes, harbor scenes as well as excellent studies of children. His works are found in private and corporate collections throughout South Africa
Claire Denarie-Soffietti was born in Versailles, France. She studied Law, Marketing, Languages and Martial Arts.
Michiel Conrad Botha (born 9 August 1972) and is better known as Conrad Bo. He is a South African Artist, and the founder of The Superstroke Art Movement.
Conrad Theys was born in 1940 in Montague, Cape Province. He is a painter and graphic artist of landscapes, portraits and still life and genres.
Cornelius was born in 1956 and studied at the Technicon of Pretoria. He worked as a freelance graphic artist for a few years and decided to make painting his career. As a true South African artist, Cornelius Bosch drew his inspiration from his country and its history.
Botha was born in Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape in December 1921, and later qualified as an art teacher from the Cape Town Teachers' Training College in 1941. His first of fifty solo exhibitions was held in Cape Town in 1944.
Dino Paravano was born in Rome, Italy, in 1935.
Pranas Domšaitis was born Franz Domscheit, 15 August 1880 – 14 November 1965.
Domšaitis spent his first 27 years as a farmer. Under the sponsorship of Max Liebermann he enrolled at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Königsberg in 1907
UCT students eat their meals every day in a dining hall decorated by herself and her students in the 50’s after she founded the School of Design at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, where she lectured for 12 years.
Ephraim Mojalefa Ngatane was born in Maseru, Lesotho (then Basutoland) in 1938. He moved to Johannesburg in about 1943, where he was educated at the Mooki Memorial School. His talent was recognized and encouraged from an early.
Erich (Ernst Karl) Mayer was born in Karlsruhe, Germany. Mayer was educated in Berlin, and could not afford to study art, but won a bursary for architectural training.
Born in 1918 in Pietermaritzburg, Errol was a painter of landscapes, still life, seascapes, figures and wildlife. He worked in oil.
“…painting it is an attempt to connect with that force which fills one with a deeper understanding of what is.” Estelle Kenyon.
Estelle Kenyon was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1960.
Francois De Wet was born in Cape Town South Africa in 1951.
Francois Koch Born 3 May 1944 paints 'The Great Outdoors'- the topography of the panoramas of the karoo and
bushveld. Landscape has always been the central theme of South African.
Frans Martin Claerhout was born in Pittem, Belgium, in 1919 and came to South Africa in 1946 as a catholic missionary.
Fabrizio Caforio, or "Fuz" as he prefers to be called, was born from Italian parentage in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Gabriel Cornelis de Jongh, the only son of the renowned artist Tinus, was faced with the challenge of establishing his reputation as an artist worthy of recognition in his own right.
Gail is a South African based artist who has made a name for herself in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and is currently living in KZN.
Born in 1930 in Johannesburg, George Boys is one of the most well-known abstract and modern artist, not only in our country but worldwide. His abstract creations of seascapes, landscapes, figures and organic shapes are of oil, acrylic, and pencil and charcoal mediums. George studied art at the Witwatersrand Technical College from 1949 to 1953 and also taught there for many years.
Artist, teacher and playwright. Pemba was born on 2 April 1912 at Hill’s Kraal in Korsten, Port Elizabeth. Although art classes were not offered at the Van der Kemp Mission Primary School where he was educated, Pemba developed an early love for art which his father encouraged by buying him pencils and crayons.
Gian Garizio was born in 1931 in Brusnengo in Northern Italy, and came to South Africa as a young man in 1953. From his early boyhood all has leisure time was taken up behind the easel. He is an Artist based in South Africa.
Born in Newlands, Cape Town in 1909, Gregoire pursued art against his father's wishes. It was, however, through him that he was exposed to it.
Hennie Niemann was born in Bloemfontein in 1972 to Magriet and Hennie Niemann. In 1980 they moved to Vermont where Hennie Jr was introduced to art at a very early age.
Contemporary artist, Hilli matriculated from Menlo Park High School, Pretoria, in 1973 and received a diploma majoring in fine art and sculpture from Tshwane University of Technology in 1977.
Irma Stern was born in 1894 in the small South African town of Schwiezer-Reneke. At the outbreak of the South African War her parents moved back to Germany where she lived until 1920.
Isabel Le Roux was born in Rustenburg, North West province of South Africa. She matriculated with distinction in Art and obtained a Diploma in Higher education at the Teacher’s College, Pretoria Cum Laude.
J.H. Pierneef paintings are currently the best investment art.
Born in Nottingham, England, Jackie settled with her parents in Africa at the age of fifteen.
Jan Gerard Sekoto was born on 9 September 1913 in Botshabelo.
Sekoto taught at Khaiso Secondary School near Pietersburg. In 1938, Sekoto won second prize in a national art competition organised by Ester Bedford at the University of Fort Hare. This encouraged him to leave teaching and move to Sophiatown, where in 1939 he began painting full-time.
Jerry Lion was born on the third of March 1975 in the Limpopo province of South Africa.
World-renowned artist, Kobus Möller was born in Rhodesia in 1949. Born into an artistic family, Kobus embarked on his career in 1990 and uses his raw talent to express his love for nature and God through art.
Lynette was born in 1955. Matriculated in 1973 and received her B.A (Fine Arts) Painting, at the University of Pretoria in 1978. She lives in Pretoria and lectures art on a part time basis at the Univ. of Pretoria .
On 14 April 1886 Maggie Laubser was born in the district of Malmesbury. In 1903, at the impressionable age of 17 she visited Cape Town and its cultural life inspired artistic ambitions, she studied art briefly under Edward Roworth. Laubser was elected a member of the South African Society of Artists (SASA) in 1907, long before she became a noted modernist.
Born 1948 in Eastern Cape, South Africa He was without doubt one of the most interesting characters in the South African art world whose light-hearted irreverence toward his imagery belies his strong application and talent for painting.
Born and matriculated in Pretoria, Margaret Gradwell attended the University of Pretoria and obtained the BAFA degree and later the HED diploma. She is currently involved with Art training programs at the University.
Marie has a remarkable talent for observation and a technical facility for drawing.
Mark currently resides in Gauteng. He first started selling his work at the age of 15. In 1974 he obtained a Diploma in Graphic Design at the Johannesburg Technikon and went on to lecture there for several years after graduation.
Marlise le Roux completed her B-Proc law degree at Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg, but the artist in her overpowered the lawyer. Now, several years on, combining equal measures of hard work and passion, she has grown into a formidable artist in her own right. She was already creating her own paintings in her mother's studio from as early as age five, where she took her inspiration from the bright kaleidoscope and lurid brush strokes of her mother's art. (Her mother is the renowned artist Isabel le Roux) In fact, from those early days of childish painting, Marlise had inadvertently set the stage for a colourful career as a future professional artist.
Born in 1940 in Pretoria, South Africa, Martin Koch studied Commercial Art under Professor Robert Bain at Linden High School between 1958 and 1958. He is a self taught painter of landscapes and wildlife. He mainly works in oil and watercolour and started painting at the age of 10.
Maud Frances Eyston Sumner was born in Johannesburg in 1902. She was educated at Rodean School in Johannesburg. Sumner moved to London in 1939, but returned to South Africa in 1941 where she worked in Johannesburg until 1946. Sumner followed a lifelong dream and set off for Paris. She settled on the Ateliers De Art Sacre, because she loved the new style of painting taught by the masters George Desvallieres and his co-founder Maurice Denis, where everyday scenes were permeated with religious undertones.
Mike Edwards was born in Port Elizabeth in 1938. He obtained a Bachelor of Fina Arts and Maters in Fine Arts from the University of Bloemfontein.
South African born artist Nicholas Shabangu grew up in Secunda with 3 sisters and 2 brothers. Art was not taken as a serious subject in his high school so Nicholas was self taught. He has been painting since 1993 and started selling his work commercially in 2000.
Nils Andersen was born in Drammen, Norway. He studied Art at Natal Tech Art School in Durban, under OJP Oxley and Alfred R Martin in 1928 and ceramics at Natal Tech Art School in 1938.
Born in Vienna, Austria 1908, Professor Klar resided in South Africa from 1939 and is known as a painter of landscapes, portraits, figure, and religious themes and still life. He is particularly for his flowers and between 1958 and the mid 1960’s he painted a number of abstracts.
Watercolour & Landscape Artist Paddy Starling is arguably one of South Africa’s most popular and sought after artists. His brother who inspired Paddy to depict fly fisherman “reaches” of trout streams and the movement of water influenced his initial interest. This proved to be a winning combination for his love of landscapes and his unique ability to capture water on canvas.
Paul Munro was born in Cape Town, South Africa on the 12th of March 1959. He matriculated at Thorton High where he studied Commercial Art.
Peter Bonney is widely acknowledged as being among the leaders in the hyper-realist genre of contemporary painting in South Africa. He lives in Clarens, Freestate.
Peter Fincham has created original fine art paintings since 1985. His concepts often portray the struggle of life, deep emotion, and the perseverance required to succeed.
Peter tries to draw attention to that which is not always the most popular or the most obvious.Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, he has been a major presence in South African art galleries for the past fifteen years.
Peter Sibeko, a mixed media specialist, was born in Orlando East on July 22, 1940. He comes from a family of eight. Sibeko dropped out of school when he was 15 to get a job to help his mother with the family finances. But even before Sibeko left school his teachers had noticed his natural artistic talent and encouraged him accordingly.
Piet Van Heerden was born in Malawi and resided in South Africa from 1927. Mainly self taught but did study briefly under Hugo Naude. He gave part-time classes at the Michaelis School of Fine Art.
Pieter Jacques Krugel (1958) was born in the eastern highveld of South-Africa in the province of Mpumalanga. It was there that his love for nature was nurtured.
Rob Macintosh displays enormous diversity in his work. Within the broad divisions of wildlife, landscape and seascape Rob explores a multiplicity of subject matter ranging from the signature rural and urban architecture of South Africa to sweeping compositions of the deserts, mountains and agricultural heartland of the region. Rob is a self taught artist which has tended to liberate him from much of the formality of fine art which in turn has laid the foundation of Rob’s free spirited journey of personal creative expression.
Robert Koch, 1971, an accomplished wildlife artist, has an in-depth feeling and inspiration for Africa. As a child he accompanied his father on frequent painting excursions into the African bush, acquiring an infinite knowledge of his subject matter.
Roy Keeler was born in Zambia in 1948 and educated in Zimbabwe. Due to his love of the wild, Roy joined the Dept. Of Internal Affairs, and spent the next 5 years in some of the most remote places in Zimbabwe.
The birth of youngest of six children, born to Nicholaas and Kitty de Wet on the farm "Erdzak" in the old Transvaal town of Standerton, coincided to the day with the arrival of the British Royal family in South Africa in 1947 - hence the name Royalene.
"I just see something that to my eye is beautiful and I try to pass it on. I paint to please myself!"
Sarah Richards was born in Durban where she studied Fine Art, majoring in sculpture at Durban Technikon (1985-1990). After which she travelled for four years to gain experience and insight before returning to Durban to make art and teach painting and sculpture to adults. She completed her Master’s degree in Fine Art (Cum Laude) at the Durban University of Technology in 2008. Sarah is now living and practicing her art in the KZN Midlands.
Scats Esterhuyse born in 1954 is a self taught artist, influenced by the works of artists such as William Turner.
Mahlangu was born in Germiston on the 1st of October 1958. He matriculated from Katlehong High School. In 1977 to 1980 he enrolled at the Katlehong Art Centre, where he concentrated on sculpture and drawing. Speelman studied painting with Rose Shakanovsky and sculpture with Stanley Nkosi. In 1980 he won first prize in the “New Signatures” competition.
Stavri Kalinov was born in Vidin, Bulgaria on 15 November 1944. He finished school in Vidin then worked freelance in commercial advertising from 1966 to 1968 making posters.
Sydney Carter, son of artist Richard Carter, was born in Enfield, England in 1874 and resided in South Africa from 1923. Mr Carter is considered a painter of portraits and landscapes, generally incorporating trees. He has been known to work in oil and gouache and is also cartoonist.
Tienie Pritchard was born in 1938 in the small town of Soekmekaar in the Northern Province. After school he started a career as public servant for the Department of Social Welfare, where he stayed for 10 years. During all those early years, he spent every spare minute of his time sketching and painting.
Tinus de Jongh (31 January 1885, Amsterdam - 17 July 1942, Bloemfontein) was one of South Africa's most popular painters.
Titta Fasciotti was always a mystery. From his choice of subjects – Xhosa women at a time when very few European artists were painting natives, to some of the inscriptions in his paintings, to the stories surrounding his death. The man was a mystery. But one thing is undeniable to everyone who has been in the presence of a Fasciotti painting; this man captured the beauty and life in a subject very few people gave a second glance to and with very minimal intrusion, made it awe-inspiring.
Tony de Freitas was born in 1950. As far back as he can remember he was drawing.
Tshidzo grew up in Hazyview, and now calls Johannesburg home. Tshidzo uses mainly charcoal, acrylic and oil. Using vibrant and unexpected colour combinations he creates works that are rich and emotive. His unique style speaks volumes and complements any space, creating an uplifting atmosphere.
Tretchikoff was one of the biggest-selling painters ever. Born in Siberia in 1913 his family were scattered across the globe four years later during the Russian Revolution and would never be reunited.
Walter Wahl Battiss (January 6, 1906 – August 20, 1982) was a South African artist, generally considered the foremost South African abstract painter and known as the creator of the quirky "Fook Island" concept.
Born in Magaliesberg in 1935, Wessel Marais is the son of Postmaster who grew up on a plot near Potchefstroom. Wessel says of his father, “My father was a kind of artist, a poet from whom I seem to have inherited my urge to create”.
Willem Hermanus Coetzer was born in Cape Town, South Africa 1900 - 1983.
Kentridge was born in Johannesburg to Sydney Kentridge and his wife Felicia Geffen. Both were attorneys who represented people marginalized by the apartheid system.