Ampenberger, Stefan

Ampenberger, Stefan
Ampenberger, Stefan (1908 – 1983) Stefan Ampenberger began painting at home in Bavaria as a youth. Adventurous and restless, he wandered widely on foot and by sea until he came to...

Baker, Kenneth

Baker, Kenneth
Baker, Kenneth (1921 – 1996) Kenneth Baker was born is 1921 in Cape Town and passed away in 1996. He painted cityscapes, landscapes, figurative works and flower pieces. A popular "Voice"...

Battiss, Walter

Battiss, Walter
Battiss, Walter (1906 – 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. Battiss was...

Bettie Cilliers – Barnard

Barnard, Bettie Cilliers (1914 – 2010) Betties Cilliers-Barnard, born in 1914 began her exploration of non-figurative forms in 1957. Before then, she had been concerned at first with descriptive delineation of...

Bhengu, Gerard

Bhengu, Gerard (1910 – 1990) Gerard Bhengu was born on 6 September 1910 in Outstation of Mariannhill Mission Station, Centecow, Bulwer district, Southern Natal. Bhengu received his early education at the...

Boonzaier, Gregoire

Boonzaier, Gregoire (1909 – 2005) Gregoire was born in 1909 in Cape Town and passed away in 2005.Few South African viewers can fail to Gregoire Boonzaier landscape, the nervous outlines, the...

Boshoff, Adriaan

Boshoff, Adriaan (1935 – 2007) Adriaan Boshoff was born in Pretoria in 1935 and passed away in 2007. He was a self-taught artist of landscapes, sea scapes, still life and figures....

Botha, David

David Botha (1921 – 1995) David Botha was born in 1921 in Graaff-Reinet and passed away in 1995. Both a painter and a graphic artist, David Botha’s subject matter ranges...

Boyley, Errol

Boyley, Errol (1918 – 2007) Errol Boyley was a painter of landscapes, still life, seascapes, figures and wildlife, who mainly worked in oil. Mainly self-taught but during the early 1940's studied...

Broadley, Robert

Broadley, Robert (1908 - 1988) Robert Broadley was born in 1908 in Manchester, UK. From 1924 - 1926 he studied at the Victoria School of Art in Southport. Broadley was...

Buchner, Carl

Buchner, Carl (1921 – 2003) Carl Buchner was born in Somerset East, Eastern Cape in 1921. He was a painter of portraits, figures, landscapes, still life, interiors and street scenes. Carl...

Carter, Sydney

Carter, Sydney (1874 – 1945) Sydney Carter was born in 1874 Enfield, Middlesex, England. He passed away in1945 Harrismith, Orange Free State. Carter resided in South Africa 1923 where he was...

Claerhout, Frans

Claerhout, Frans (1919 – 2006) Claerhout was born 1919 Pittem, Belgium. He resided in South Africa from 1946. Frans Claerhout was a self- taught painter in oil of landscapes and figures,...

Clarke, Peter

Clarke, Peter (1929 - ) Peter Clarke was born in 1929 in Simonstown, Cape Town. Clarke studied from 1947 - 1948 at the District Six Art Group under John Coplans....

Coetzee, Christo

Coetzee, Christo (1929 – 2001) Christo Coetzee was born in Johannesburg on 24 March 1929. His father died when he was 10 years old, and he was raised by his mother...

Coetzee, Herbert Harold

Coetzee, Herbert Harold (1921 - 2008) Herbert Coetzee was born in Cape Town in 1921. Coetzee was mostly self-taught before 1958, except six months at the Continental School of Art...

Coetzer, W.H

Coetzer, W.H (1900 – 1983) Willem Hermanus Coetzer was born in the year 1900 in Tarkastad. He came to Johannesburg at the age of 2 and lived there for most of...

Cyprian Shilakoe

Cyprian Shilakoe Cyprian Shilakoe was born in Barberton, Mpumalanga in 1946. He grew up on Bushbuckridge mission station with his grandmother, as his parents were migrant workers. When she died...

Dali, Salvador

Dali, Salvador – (1904 – 1989) Salvador Dali was a Spanish painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and designer. After passing through phases of Cubism, Futurism and Metaphysical painting, he joined the Surrealists...

de Jongh, Gabriel

de Jongh, Gabriel (1913 – 2004) Gabriel Cornelis de Jongh was the only son of the renowned artist Tinus. He was faced with the challenge of establishing his reputation as an...

de Jongh, Tinus

de Jongh, Tinus (1885 – 1942) Martinus Johannes de Jongh was born in Amsterdam in The Netherlands in the year 1885. He was forbidden to study art by his parents but...

de Smidt, Abraham

de Smidt, Abraham ( 1829 - 1908 ) Abraham de Smidt was born in 1829 in Cape Town, South Africa. He followed a family tradition by entering the Cape Colony...

Desmond, Nerine

Desmond, Nerine (1908 – 1993) Nerine Desmond was born in 1908 in Constantia, in the Western Cape. She was a versatile artist, who was accorded recognition particularly for her work in...

Dingemans, Jan

Dingemans, Jan (1921 – 2001) Jan Dingemans was born in 1921 in Breda, The Netherlands. He presents two personalities in his painting; the one is exploratory, seeking new forms in familiar...

Dixon, Leng

Dixon, Leng (1916 – 1968) Leng Dixon was born in Cape Town in 1916, where he also passed away in 1968. He was primarily an illustrator, one whose sharp eye observed...

Domsaitis, Pranas

Domsaitis, Pranas (1880 – 1965) Pranas Domsaitis was born in Kropinas, Memel, on the border of East Prussia and Lithuania, and passed away in Cape Town, South Africa. Domsaitis spent the...

Du Toit, Paul

Du Toit, Paul (1922 – 1986) Paul du Toit was born is 1922 in Noordehoek, Cape Province and died in 1986 in Stellenbosch, Western Cape Cape. Du Toit spent the years...

Dumas, Marlene

Dumas, Marlene (1953 – Marlene Dumas is a South African-born, Amsterdam-based painter, and one of The Netherlands’ most internationally admired artists. Dumas recalls in her work the painterly gestures of Expressionism,...

Eloff, Zakkie

Eloff, Zakkie (1925 – 2004) Zakkie Eloff was born in 1925 on a farm in Bechuanaland in Botswana. He studied art at Pretoria Boys’ High School under Walter Battiss and at...

Enslin, George

Enslin, George (1919 – 1972) George Enslin was born in Richmond, England in 1919. In 1920 Enslin’s father was chaplain with the SA forces during WW1 and the family came...

Esmonde-White, Eleanor

Esmonde-White, Eleanor  (1914 – 2007) Eleanor Esmonde-White was born in Dundee, Natal in 1914. She studied at the University of Natal under OJP Oxley. From the year 1933 to 1935, she...

Fasciotti, Titta

Fasciotti, Titta  (1927 – 1993) Titta Fasciotti was born in Bergamo, Italy in 1927. He had been an artist all his life. His first strokes were taught to him by his...

Fern, Emily

Fern, Emily (1881 – 1953) Emily Fern was born in Australia of Manx parents, who came to South Africa in 1889. Her life and work show a single minded attempt to...

Goodman, Robert Gwelo

Goodman, Robert Gwelo (1871 – 1939) Robert Gwelo Goodman was born in Taplow, England in 1871. Gwelo Goodman came to South Africa from England as a teenager. He studied briefly at...

Greaves, Helen Constant

Greaves, Helen Constant (1882 – 1966) Helen Greaves was born in 1882 in Brighton and passed away in Cala, the Transkei. Greaves studied at the Brighton Art School, The Sussex’ women’s...

Hendriks, Petrus Anton

Hendriks, Petrus Anton (1899 - 1975) Anton Petrus Hendriks was born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in the year 1899. Hendriks studied at the Rotterdam Academy as well as in Paris,...

Henkel, Irmin

Henkel, Irmin (1921 – 1977) Irmin Henkel was born in Renburg, nr Hanover, Germany 1921 - 1977 Born in 1921 in Renburg near Hanover, he was of German descent, but passed...

Higgs, Cecil

Higgs, Cecil (1900 – 1986) Cecil Higgs, who was born in Thaba “Nchu in the Orange Free State, spent over a decade in the Studios of London and Paris, tutored by...

Hillhouse , May (Mary Ellen)

Hillhouse , May (Mary Ellen) (1908 – 1989) May Hillhouse studied at the Natal Technical Art School in Durban from 1922 – 1926 and worked for the next twelve years as...

Hodgins, Robert

Hodgins, Robert (1920 – 2010) Robert Hodgins was born in 27 June 1920, in Dulwich, London. He enlisted with the Union Defense Force in 1940, and served in Kenyaand Egypt. Robert...

James Thackwray

Thackwray, James James Thackwray A painter of figures, landscapes, seascapes, portraits, still life, genre and abstract pictures. Works in oil, acrylic, watercolour and charcoal. A graphic artist producing monotypes. Known...

Jentsch, Adolph

Jentsch, Adolph (1888 – 1977) Adolph Jentsch was of German descent, born in Dresden, Germany. Like many of his contemporaries, the cultured and unworldly Orientalist, Jentsch fled Germany when Hitler’s Third...

Julian Motau

Born in the lush green, tropical city of Tzaneen in the Limpopo Province in 1948, Julian Motau was one of many siblings, born in his father’s later years. The young...

Kay, Dorothay

Kay, Dorothay (1886 – 1964) Dorothy Kay was born in Greystones, County Wicklow, Eire in 1886. In 1900 Kay started her studies at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art and Royal...

Kenneth Bakker

Bakker, Kenneth - (1926 - 1988) Kenneth Bakker was born in Cape Town in 1926. He lived in or near Cape Town all of his life as he was restricted...

Kentridge, William

Kentridge, William (1955 - ) William Kentridge was born in 1955 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Kentridge grew up in a family of prominent South African attorneys. His father Sydney is among...

Kibel, Wolf

Kibel, Wolf (1903 – 1938) Wolf Kibel was born in Grodziska, near Warsaw, Poland. Kibel was the son of the Jewish Cantor and ritual slaughterer of the village of Groditch (Grodzinska)....

Klar, Otto

Klar, Otto (1908 – 1994) Otto Klar was born in Vienna, Austria in 1908. He studied at the Vienna Acad of Arts. Klar exhibited in Vienna, Munich and Berlin before coming...

Koboka, Welcome Mandla

Koboka, Welcome Mandla (1941 - 1997) Welcome Mandla Koboka was born in Johannesburg in 1941. He was mainly a painter of figures. Koboka worked in various mediums such as oil,...

Krenz, Alfred

Krenz, Alfred  (1899 – 1980) Alfred Friedrich Franz Krenz was born on 3 May 1899 in Vienna, Austria. His father, who was a city architect, died of tuberculosis in 1911 at...

Krige, Francois

Krige, Francois (1913 – 1994) Francois Krige was born in Uniondale in the Cape Province. Krige was the brother of the celebrated writer, Uys Krige. Francois Krige was regarded in his...

Kumalo, Sydney Alex

Kumalo, Sydney Alex  Sydney Kumalo was born in Johannesburg, in 1935. He was educated at Madibane High School, in Diepkloof. Kumalo enrolled at the Polly Street Art Centre in 1952,...

Langdown, Amos

Langdown, Amos (1930 – 2006) Amos langdown was a graphic artist and painter of landscapes, town scenes, genre and figures. Langdown produced lithographs, woodcuts, etchings, drypoints, monotypes and copper engravings as...

Laubscher, Erik (Frederik Bester Howard)

Laubscher, Erik (Frederik Bester Howard) (1927 - ) Erik Laubscher was born in 1927 in Tulbach, Cape Province. Laubscher had his earliest training under the Belgian teacher, Maurice van Essche, from...

Laubser, Maggie

Laubser, Maggie (1886 – 1973) For more than half her life, Maggie Laubser, was misunderstood by both public and art critics, but late in her life she became one of South...

Legae, Ezrom

Legae, Ezrom (1938 – 1999) Ezrom Legae was born in 1938, Vrededorp , Johannesburg, Gauteng. He attended School at St Cyprians and Madibane High School. Ezrom Legae, studied in the Polly...

Lipshitz, Israel-Isaac (Lippy)

Lipshitz, Israel-Isaac (Lippy) Israel Isaac Lipshitz, was born in Plungian, Lithuania. Lippy Lipshitz was born in Plungian, Lithuania, in 1903 and died in 1980 in Kiryat Tivon, Israel. He resided...

Lock, Freida

Lock, Freida (1902 – 1962) Freida Lock was born in Cheadle Hume, England 1902 - 1962 Freida Lock was born in Cheadle Hume, Cheshire, England. She studied one year of Agriculture...

Mahlangu, Speelman

Mahlangu, Speelman Speelman Mahlangu was born in Germiston , in 1958. He matriculated from Katlehong High School. He was enrolled at the Kathlehong Art Centre, where he concentrated on sculpture and...

Makhoba, Trevor

Makhoba, Trevor  Trevor Makhoba was born in 1956, at Makhumbane, Durban. An exceptionally gifted boy, coming from a mingled contemporary background of rural and peri-urban Zulu culture. Makhoba seemed to have...

Maqhubela, Louis

Louis Maqubela b. 1939 in Durban, South Africa In the late 1950s, Louis Maqhubela studied at Nakene High School in Orlando, Soweto with the benificent support of artist, Ephraim Ngatane. The matriculated...

Mayer, Erich

Mayer, Erich (1876 – 1960) Erich (Ernst Karl) Mayer was born in Karlsruhe, Germany. Mayer was educated in Berlin, could not afford to study art, but won a bursary for architectural...

Mccaw, Terence

Mccaw, Terence (1913 – 1978) Terence John McCaw was born in Pilgrims Rest, in Transvaal (now Mpumalanga). McCaw was educated in Johannesburg, where he was influenced by Sydney Carter in his...

Meintjes, Johannes Petrus

Meintjes, Johannes Petrus (1923 – 1980) Johannes Meintjes was born in 1923 in Riversdale, Cape Province. Meintjes was the son of a sheep farmer and spent his first five years on...

Naude, Hugo

Naude, Hugo (1869 – 1941) Pieter Hugo Naude was born on the farm, ‘Aan de Doorns’in the Worcester district in the Western Cape. After being schooled at Over Hex and Worcester,...

Neville Lewis

Lewis, Neville (1895 – 1972) Neville Lewis was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1972. He was born and educated there and then later at the Slade School of...

Ngatane, Ephraim Mojalefe

Ngatane, Ephraim Mojalefe (1938 – 1971) Ephraim Ngatane was born in Lesotho in 1938. His family came to Johannesburg in 1942 and he attended Mooki Memorial School and Orlando High, here...

Oerder, Frans

Oerder, Frans (1867 – 1944) Frans Oerder was born in Rotterdam, Holland in 1867. The youngest of seven children his father felt that art as a career was foolish, but agreed...

Pemba, George

Pemba, George (1912 – 2001) George Pemba George Pemba was born in Hill’s Kraal, Korsten, Port Elizabeth. Although art classes were not offered at the Van der Kemp mission Primary School...

Picasso, Pablo

Picasso, Pablo – (1881 – 1973) Pablo Picasso is born in Malaga on October 25, 1881 the son of the painter and drawing teacher José Ruiz Blasco. He attends the Art...

Pierneef, JH

Pierneef, JH Jacob Hendrik Pierneef was one of the most prominent South African artists whose modernist and geometric style revolutionized South African art in the early 20th century. Born in...

Pinker, Stanley

Pinker, Stanley (1924 - ) Stanley Pinker was born in 1924 in Windhoek, Namibia.Between 1947 – 1950 he studied at Continental Art School in Cape Town, under Maurice Van Essche....

Preller, Alexis

Preller, Alexis (1911 – 1975) Alexis Preller was born in Pretoria and attended Pretoria Boys High School. After completing school he worked as a clerk before persuading his family to...

Rakgoathe, Daniel Sefudi

Rakgoathe, Daniel Sefudi  Daniel Rakgoathe was born in Randfontein, Transvaal in 1937. Rokgoathe was taught art by Mr Makeko. In 1959, Rakgoathe completed his junior certificate, a two year primary...

Rose-Innes, Alexander

Rose-Innes, Alexander (1915 – 1996) Alexander Rose-Innes developed an aptitude for drawing at an early age. The Rose Innes family moved to Port Elizabeth in 1927. This was where he began...

Roworth, Edward

Roworth, Edward (1880 – 1964) Edward Roworth was born in Lancashire, England in 1880 and came to South Africa in 1902 with the British forces during the Anglo-Boer War. Edward Roworth...

Sekoto, Gerard

Sekoto, Gerard (1913 – 1993) Gerard Sekoto was born at the Lutheran Mission Station in Botshabelo near Middelburg in the Eastern Transvaal. Being the son of a missionary he was introduced...

Serneels, Clement

Serneels, Clement (1912 – 1991) Clement Serneels was the son of a Spanish mother and Flemish father. He went to school in Brussels. In 1936 while at the Academie he won...

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Sithole, Lucas

Sithole, Lucas (1931 - 1994) Lucas Sithole was born in the year 1931 in KwaThema, Springs, Transvaal (Gauteng). He is known for his work that mainly consists of indigenous woods,...

Skotnes, Cecil

Skotnes, Cecil (1926 – 2009) Cecil Skotnes was born in East London in 1926. He studied drawing in Florence, Italy , as well as at Witwatersrand Technical Art School and the...

Spears, Frank

Spears, Frank (1906 – 1991) Frank Sydney Spears was born in Walsall, Staffordshire, England. He arrived in South Africa as a designer for Brimble and Briggs Ltd in 1928. He established...

Spilhaus, Nita

Spilhaus, Nita (1878 – 1967) Nita Spilhaus was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1878. After her parents died during her infancy, she was raised by her grandfather in Lubeck, Germany. She...

Stern, Irma

Stern, Irma (1894 – 1966) Irma Stern was born in Schweizer Renecke. Daughter of wealthy German-Jewish immigrants. Her father was imprisoned by the British during the Anglo-Boer from 1899 till 1903....

Sumner, Maud

Sumner, Maud (1902 – 1985) Maud Sumner is considered to be one of the most international of South Africa’s artists, due to her experience of French, English and South African life....

Theys, Conrad

Theys, Conrad (1940 - ) Conrad Theys was born in Montaque, Western Cape in 1940. He grew up in Loeriesfontein in the North Western Cape where he matriculated from Northern...

Timlin, William

Timlin, William (1893 – 1943) William Timlin was born in Nothumberland, England, the son of a colliery foreman. He showed a talent for drawing at Morpeth Grammar School, and received a...

Tretchikoff, Vladimir

Tretchikoff, Vladimir (1913 – 2006) Vladimir Tretchikoff was born in Petropavlovsk, Russia, now known as Petropavl, Kazakhstan. He was one of the most commercially successful artists of all time. His painting...

Van Der Westhuizen, Pieter

Van Der Westhuizen, Pieter Pieter van der Westhuizen was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1931. He studied art at Unisa under Zakkie Eloff, Leo Theron, Robert Hodgins and many...

Van Essche, Maurice Charles Louis

Van Essche, Maurice Charles Louis (1906 – 1977) Maurice Van Essche was born in Antwerp, Belgium. His family moved to Brussels when he was 5 years old. In 1924 he studied...

Van Heerden, Johan

Van Heerden, Johan Born in Bethal 6 January 1930. Preliminary education Lindley, O.F.S. Started an engineering course at the Bloemfontein Technical College which was soon abandoned in favour of part...

Van Heerden, Piet

Van Heerden, Piet (1917 – 1991) Piet Van Heerden was born in Nyasaland, now Malawi. He was the son of missionaries who settled in Worcester. From 1939 – 1941 he lived...

Van Nazareth, Herman

Van Nazareth, Herman (1936 - ) A chance encounter with the Belgian artist, Bert de Clerck, in 1961 started Herman Van Nazareth on the road to becoming an artist. He...

Van Wouw, Anton

Van Wouw, Anton (1862 – 1945) Anton Van Wouw was born in Driebergen, Holland and then moved with his family to Rotterdam in 1864. In 1874 he studied studying drawing part...

Villa, Edoardo

Villa, Edoardo (1915 – 2011) Edoardo Villa was born in Bergamo, Italy and studied at the Andrea Fontini Art School. While studying in Milan in 1939, he was conscripted for 2...

Volschenk, Jan Ernst Abraham

Volschenk, Jan Ernst Abraham (1853 – 1936) Jan Ernst Abraham Volschenk Jan Volschenk was born of Dutch parentage on the farm ‘Melkhoutskraal’. James Reitz, the Government Land Surveyor, observed him drawing...

Vorster, Anna

Vorster, Anna ( 1928 - 1990 ) Anna Vorster was born in 1928 in Hartebeesfontein, Transvaal (Gauteng). Anna studied BA Fine arts at the University of Wits and won a...

Wallace, Marjorie

Wallace, Marjorie (1925 – 2005) Marjorie Wallace was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. She studied art at the Edinburgh College of Art from 1942 – 1947. She made such an impression with...

Welz, Jean

Welz, Jean (1900 – 1975) Jean Welz was born in Salzburg, Austria in 1900 and died in Cape Town in 1975. Jean Welz originally trained as an architect in Vienna, and...

Wenning, Pieter

Wenning, Pieter (1873 – 1921) Pieter Wenning was born in The Hague, Holland in 1873. He was the eldest son of a Friesland family with long artistic associations. During his...