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 Paarl High School. In 1961 he completed hist
studies as a teacher at Brighton College, Oudtshoorn.

During 1969 and 1970 he studied art under the well-known artist Gregoire Boonzaier, and in 1974
embarked on a full-time career as an artist. In 1981 and 1982, he also studied graphic art under Edwine
Simon at the Ruth Prowse School of Art.

Various national and international institutions have his work in their collections: SABC, National Art
Museum, Botswana, Life Grow, Rand Merchant Bank, to name just a few. In 1996 he was elected
President of the South Africa Art Society. He was also honoured by the University of Pretoria with a
Doctor of Literature and Philosophy Degree in 2004.

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