John Kramer was born in Worcester, Western Cape in 1946. At school he received tuition at the
Hugo Naude Art Centre, Worcester and majored in painting at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the
University of Cape Town. In 1968 he won the Michaelis prize. He holds a diploma in Fine Art.
In 1970 he joined the South African Museum where he was head of the Exhibitions division for many
years. During his museum career he designed and, with his team, built many displays and exhibitions.
He also had the opportunity to visit most major museums and galleries in Canada, USA, Israel, Paris and
Although he had a full-time job he continued to paint at night and weekends and participated in various
group exhibitions. In the 1980’s he had two successful solo exhibitions. In 2002 he left the museum
to pursue a full-time painting career. His work is represented in many private, corporate and public
collections, including the South African Nqational Gallery, Durban Art Gallery and the Nelson Mandela
Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth.
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