Andre Stead was born in 1975, Evander. He attended the Pro Arts School of arts in Pretoria, where he majored in painting and graphics. He flourished at art from an early age and won various merits and awards, including work being selected for the Iscor Permanent Art Collection.
Andre studied in several artistic disciplines including painting, sculpture, jewellery making, praphic and packaging design.
In 1994 he moved to Cape Town where he trained in metal work under the direction of John Allesandri. While working at the Doyle Art Foundry he became familiar with the moulding and bronze casting process. During 2001 he started to work at the Bronze Age Art Foundry where he became efficient in all the various stages of the lost- wax casting process over the next few years.
Within three years he became a partner at the Bronze Age Foundry and excelled in the production and business aspects of bronze sculpture.
Andre played an integral part in the arranging and execution of various art exhibitions and trade shows. He worked with renowned artists such as Maureen Quin, Keith Calder, Dylan Lewis, Donald Greig and Beezy Bailey, which helped refine his technical and artistic approach. To encourage bronze sculpturing as an art form, he developed a foundry sculpture course, which taught students all the various aspects of bronze sculpture production.
During 2007 Andre was commissioned to create nine bronze relief panels to be laid into marble floor of the Burj Khalifa Development in Dubai. In 2008 Andre created a series of figurative studies of the female form. In 2009 Andre showcased the Female series in two solo exhibitions in Cape Town and Johannesburg. During 2010 works from the female series were exhibited in various group shows in South Africa.
Andre Stead’s works are in numerous South African and international collections.