Artists

Impressionist Modern

Alexis Preller

(1911 - 1975 )Impressionist Modern Alexis Preller was born in 1911 in Pretoria and went to school at Pretoria Boys High School, where he was always drawn to the theatre and was involved with many productions. Later he worked as a clerk for some time before persuading...

George Milwa Mnyalaza Pemba

(1912 - 2001)Impressionist Modern “I aim to paint my people as I see them. I also like to depict beautiful and dignified mountains, rivers and landscapes of South Africa.” George Pemba. One of South Africa’s pioneer black painters, George Milwa Mnyaluza Pemba, was...

Gerard Sekoto

(1913 - 1993 )Impressionist Modern “I am glad that people owning my works are communicating in spirit. That makes me feel happy and puts up lights into the dubious sides of my life, to know there are people spiritually communicating in many places upon earth.” Gerard...

Irma Stern

(1894 - 1966) Modern Impressionist “And what she knows of Africa, the heart of it; all her pictures breathe it out…” – Cape Times, 1929 Irma Stern was a prominent South African artist who attained national and international recognition in her lifetime. Born in the...

Jacob Hendrik Pierneef

(1886 - 1957 )Modern Impressionist Jacob Hendrik Pierneef was born in 1886 in Pretoria to Dutch immigrant parents. He left South Africa for Holland as part of the deportation during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) and it was there that Pierneef attended the Rotterdam...

Maria Magdalena (Maggie) Laubser

(1886 - 1973)Modern Impressionist Maria Magdalena (Maggie) Laubser was born in the Malmesbury district, Cape Town, in 1886. She attended Bloemhof Seminary in Stellenbosch until the age of 15. She later attended singing lessons in Cape Town, where she became involved...

Maud Frances Eyston Sumner

(1902 - 1985 )Modern Impressionist “As a person I am South African and English, but as a painter I am French.” – Maud Sumner South African artist Maud Sumner once commented; “as a person I am South African and English, but as a painter I am French” (Berman, E....

Ruth Everard-Haden

(1902 - 1992 )Impressionist Modern Ruth Everard-Haden was born in 1904 at Nottingham Road in KwaZulu-Natal, as the first daughter of the artist Bertha Everard. Born into a remarkably creative family of women painters, Ruth’s mother, Bertha along with her sister Edith...

Wolf Kibel

(1902 - 1938)Impressionist Modern Wolf Kibel was born in Grodzisk, a village near Warsaw, the capital city of Poland in 1903. He was the son of a Jewish Cantor and the ritual slaughterer of the village. As a young boy, he used to carve grotesques from his father’s...

Post War

Bettie Cilliers-Barnard

(1914 - 2010)Post War“I paint because I cannot neglect to paint. The urge to create stems from the search for contact with humankind, with nature and with the Supreme Being. Artistic expression reflects what is true and authentic in life. Art is universal.” Bettie...

Christo Coetzee

(1929 - 2001 )Post War“The unreasonable, the ridiculous and the absurd in everyday life became its most interesting ingredient, like the currants in a bun.” – Christo Coetzee. Christo Coetzee’s success in the international art world was a far cry from his humble...

Claude Marie Madeleine Bouscharain

(1922 - 2020)Post WarClaude Bouscharain’s canvases are pervaded by a provocative and vaguely disturbing atmosphere – a sense that the viewer is being provided with a view into rather than of the personages who inhabit the distorted space.  Her colour combinations...

Dorothy Moss Kay

(1886 - 1964 ) Post WarDorothy Elvery was born at Greystones, County Wicklow, Ireland, in 1886. At the age of 14 she began studying figure painting at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art and the Royal Hibernian Academy School, and later in Paris. Her work was...

Edoardo Villa

(1915 - 2011)Contemporary Edoardo Villa (1915-2011) is often called Johannesburg’s ‘unofficial official’ sculptor. Anecdotally, he has contributed the most public sculptures of any single artist in the city where he spent the majority of his life, and certainly the...

Eleanor Frances Esmonde-White

(1914 - 2007)Post WarEsmonde-White was born 1914 in Dundee, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Not much is known about her upbringing, but she did experience formal training in the arts, starting from 1932, when she enrolled at the University of Natal. Here she was taught...

Frederik Bester Howard (Erik) Laubscher

(1927 - 2013 )Post War Born in Tulbagh in the Western Cape, Erik Laubscher aspired to a life as an artist from a young age. However, these ambitions were hindered by several financial constraints in his early life, but ultimately his creative fervor and driving...

Gregoire Johannes Boonzaier

(1909 - 2005)Post War“I am very particular about my paintings and would like them to last. It is pleasing to think that what you have made today and what is regarded now as a good painting, and which pleases and stimulates people today, will still do the same a...

John Marsden Dronsfield

(1900 - 1951)Post WarJohn Dronsfield was born in Lancashire and, although he studied briefly at the Manchester School of Art, was mainly self-taught.  From 1923 until 1939 he worked in advertising and theatre design in London, continuing with stage-set design on his...

Paul Jenkins

(1923 - 2012 )Post WarThe paintings of Paul Jenkins have come to represent the spirit, vitality, and invention of post-World War II American abstraction. Employing an unorthodox approach to paint application, Jenkins is as much identified with the process of...

Peter Edward Clarke

(1929 - 2014)Post War“The child in me has accompanied the adult that I am into old age. So, as far as I am concerned, it is essential to be honest and to be irreverent at times and to have a sense of humour as well.” Peter Clarke Born in Simonstown 1929, Peter Clarke...

Robert Griffiths Hodgins

(1920 - 2010)Post War“For me, it is very simple. The act of painting at a particular moment is able, for reasons I neither understand, nor even try to understand, to open up the whole world of my experience, my thinking, my aspirations.” Robert Hodgins London-born...

Stanley Faraday Pinker

(1924 - 2012 )Post War“My aim is to communicate with everybody, not selectively. I feel that art, literature, music, and painting provide spiritual support. They should move the spirit and make us aware, and in that way I intend my paintings to make statements… I...

Stella Shawzin

(1923 - 2020 )The Athlete Shawzin (1920-2021, South African) was a prolific sculptor known for the variety of materials she worked in, including wood, bronze, metal and marble, the latter of which she often acquired from the famous quarries at Carrara. Working from...

Walter Whall Battiss

(1906 - 1982 )Post War“Some look upon my art as a fun thing, but the fun is only the surface of something very much deeper…I’ll leave it to the future to discover that it’s much more than that.” Walter Battiss. Battiss’ long career as an artist has been devoted to the...

Contemporary

Alexander Opper

(1972 - )ContemporaryComing from an education in the discipline of architecture, now working as an artist, my artmaking has always engaged instances of the missed, the ignored and the overlooked. I am captivated by the less legible – but no less important – aspects of...

Andrew Kayser

(1975 - ) Contemporary Using oil paint as the primary medium and the suburban landscape as a departure point, the paintings suggest a collision of inner and outer realities, an impression that meaning is fleeting and intimately personal. Focusing on themes of doubt,...

Athi-Patra Ruga

(1984 - )Contemporary Born in 1984, Athi-Patra Ruga is a South African artist who uses performance, photography, video, textiles and printmaking to explore notions of utopia and dystopia, material and memory. Ruga confronts and challenges the colonial history of South...

Luiza Cachalia

(1984 - )Contemporary In my artistic practice, I am deeply fascinated by the representation of female characters who defy the rigid black and white constructions imposed by society. I am driven by a desire to challenge and disrupt the conventional narratives and...

Michael Meyersfeld

ContemporaryMichael Meyersfeld lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. His entire working life has embraced photography in various forms. A veteran of both fine art and advertising photography, he has an extensive local and international portfolio of...

William Kentridge

(1955 - ) Contemporary  "I am interested in a political art, that is to say an art of ambiguity, contradiction, uncompleted gestures and uncertain ending - an art (and a politics) in which optimism is kept in check, and nihilism at bay." – William Kentridge William...

Popoola Nurudeen

(1981 - )Contemporary " My practice is centred around creating artworks that communicate the modernity of Africanism, I intend to stimulate the beholder's reasoning of the possible reality of combining African culture with assimilated foreign traditions without losing...

Alex Coetzee

(1991 - )Contemporary “I like to maximize playfulness within a very narrow set of parameters. First and foremost, I consider myself to be a formalist. Fundamental aspects of composition, form and colour are the things that I think about. Working within an established...

Nicholas Hales

(1982 - )Contemporary Nicholas Hales is a contemporary artist living in Cape Town, South Africa. He works across a number of disciplines, including painting, drawing and video/film. He has a Advanced Diploma in Fine Art (1992) from the University of Cape Town and a...

Nelson Makamo

(1982 - )Contemporary Nelson Makamo is a Johannesburg based artist. He was born in 1982, in a town called Modimolle, in South Africa's Limpopo province. Born with an astounding artistic aptitude he honed his craft at Artist Proof Studios in Johannesburg where he...

Bastiaan van Stenis

(1981 - )Contemporary van Stenis’ paintings are expressed using a diverse range of tools and mediums including paint, cloth, encaustic wax, hair, glues, and collage. His other projects include taxidermy and sculpture. van Stenis states, “What drives me is the process,...

Carolyn Parton

(1964 - )ContemporaryCarolyn Parton, born in 1964, is a South African artist living and working in Cape Town. Parton has an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design from the Cape Town University of Technology and she graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Art in Fine Art (cum...

Cathy Abraham

( 1968 - )ContemporaryCounting forms a fundamental part of my artistic practice, paying special attention to the numbers 9,18, and 36. I work systematically to unlock surface meaning in the search for a deeper understanding of the purpose of the everyday. My practice...

Vanessa Berlein

( 1968 - )ContemporaryVanessa Berlein is a South African artist. Primarily a painter, throughout her career she has explored and worked in many mediums, including photography, various print mediums, and sculpture. Her work has been and continues to be exhibited in...

Christiaan Conradie

(1984 - )ContemporaryWhat matters is matter – flesh, bone, muscle – and then another dimension – dimensionless – that makes us human. Human embodiment is the anchor and ground from which Christiaan Conradie departs into the groundless. Nothing in his world is possible...

Christy Lee Rogers

(1972 - ) Contemporary “My purpose behind the work is to question and find understanding in the craziness, tragedy, vulnerability, beauty and power of mankind.” – CLR Christy Lee Rogers is a visual artist from Kailua, Hawaii. Her obsession with water as a medium for...

Connor Cullinan

(1968 - )ContemporaryMy work is about visual perception, which began as a contemporary extension of 1960s Op art into the realm of figuration. Op art introduced the notion of the artwork as an experience rather than an inert object, by foregrounding the act of...

Coral Bijoux

( - )ContemporaryCoral Bijoux develops her ideas and concepts through an auto-ethnographic visual language that is fecund with metaphor and symbol, textured surfaces echoing layered meanings. Her artwork, curatorial practice, and projects center on these experiences...

Dale Lawrence

(1988 - )ContemporaryBorn in 1988, South African artist Dale Lawrence lives in Cape Town, where he works as a solo artist for the creative studio and artist collective Hoick, which he co-founded. Lawrence works with and merges a vast range of mediums including...

Deborah Margaret Bell

(1957 - )Contemporary Deborah Bell is one of South Africa´s most acclaimed artists, whose work is created in dialogue with multiple worlds, texts, histories and consciousnesses. She is also widely known for her collaborative projects with William Kentridge and Robert...

Doreen Southwood

(1974 - )Contemporary Doreen Southwood’s art functions as a type of personal diary. She works in a wide variety of media in her artwork, which she often bases on personal experiences and self exploration. The attempt to make tangible life experiences, contradictory...

Gabrielle Raaff

(1970 - )ContemporaryGabrielle Raaff  lives and works in Lakeside, Cape Town.Raaff's works begin with a photographic image, and while this image serves as a jumping-off point only, we are repeatedly brought back to the photographic process. The medium of photography,...

Fumani Maluleke

( - )ContemporaryLimpopo-born artist Fumani Maluleke has carried with him the spirit of art for as long as he can remember. From being the unruly child who drew in schoolbooks and on the walls of his family home, to now being an artist who has won several art prizes...

Gaelen Pinnock

(1980 - )ContemporaryGaelen Pinnock, born in 1980, is an architect and artist based in Cape Town, South Africa. He graduated in 2001 from the University of Cape Town with a degree in architecture and later completed his postgraduate studies in 2005.  His creative...

Gail Behrmann

(1948 - )Contemporary Born in 1948 and having received her education at Central Primary School and the Girls High in Potchefstroom, Behrmann's artistic journey began with studying art at Bill Ainslie Studios, which eventually evolved into the Johannesburg Art...

Igshaan Adams

(1982 - )Contemporary South African artist, Igshaan Adams, practices performance, weaving, sculpture, and installation. Born in Bonteheuwel, a township in Cape Town, Adams draws upon his background to contest racial, sexual, and religious boundaries. This...

Jacob Van Schalkwyk

(1979 - )ContemporaryKnown primarily as an abstract artist, Jacob Van Schalkwyk uses lithographic ink as a medium for drawing and painting. His work on paper and aluminum conflates the distinction between drawing, painting, printmaking, and low relief sculpture. This...

Jan-Henri Booyens

(1980 - )ContemporaryBorn in 1980 in South Africa artist Jan-Henri Booyens lives and works in Cape Town. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Durban Institute of Technology in 2004. His work is often described in terms of a struggle between the representational...

Jean Claude Nsabimana

(1984 - )ContemporaryJean Claude Nsabimana is a graduate of Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography with BA Honours in Visual Communication majoring in photography and previously a graduate of Cape Peninsula University of Technology, with Baccalaureus...

Jennifer Morrison

(1971 - )Contemporary Jennifer Morrison was born in South Africa in 1971, it is here that she began her art studies, and later continued in London, where she graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Morrison’s work deals predominantly with...

Jo O’Connor

(1972 - )ContemporaryBorn in 1972 in Johannesburg, O’Connor is currently working in Cape Town.  She graduated in 1994, cum laude, with honours in Fine Art from the University of Nataal. O’Connor engages in various mediums, from drawing, sculpting, video, installations...

Karel Nel

(1955 - )ContemporaryKarel Nel was born in 1955 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He studied Fine Art at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, St Martin’s School of Art, London and the University of California, Berkeley (Fulbright Placement 1988-89). He...

Katherine Spindler

(1982 - )ContemporaryKatherine Spindler, born in 1982 in South Africa, finished her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2004 and her Masters in Fine Arts in 2011—both passed with distinction- at the Michaelis School of Fine Arts, University of Cape Town. Spindler received...

Kevin Collins

(1957 - )Contemporary Kevin Collins studied under Stanley Pinker, Helmut Starke and Cecil Skotness at Michaelis, UCT in the late seventies with painting as his specialization. These men formed the basis of how he uses colour, composition and actually lay the paint...

Kobus La Grange

(1982 - )ContemporaryBorn in 1982 in Freestate, South Africa. Kobus grew up on a farm in Viljoenskroon, a small town between Klerksdorp and Potchefstroom.  Matriculating in 2000, he received his schooling in Klerksdorp. He moved to Pretoria in 2001, studying at the...

Kristin NG-Yang

(1970 - )ContemporaryBorn in 1970 in Shandong, China. In 1999 Kristin moved to South Africa and settled in KwaZulu-Natal. In 2013 she went back to Beijing and created the Kristin NG-Yang Art Studio in Song’zhuang, Beijing. Currently, she lives and works between South...

Lwando Dlamini

(1992 - )ContemporaryLwando Dlamini, a visual artist- born in 1992 in the Eastern Cape, and raised in the Western Cape- has always created work based on his own lived experiences. Working primarily with oil paint and mixed media, Dlamini brings attention to the...

Margot Muir

(1963 - )ContemporaryMargot Muir in discussion on her Lightness of being; Rain Series: This work is indebted to exposure to diverse, celebratory, ceremonial, spirited music and monody, to cigarette smoke and seeing, to the restorative power of rain and landscape, to...

Mark McWilliams

(1988 - )Contemporary Mark McWilliams (b. 1988, South Africa) is a contemporary photographer and visual artist who completed his formal training in London. His work flows between documentary, reportage and digital manipulation. Exploring the notion of experiences and...

Mary Visser

(1971 - )ContemporaryI see the painting not as a window looking out, but rather as a container in which I can freely arrange and rearrange things.  Painting is entertainment for me, so it’s got to be fun! I start with one mark or a set of delicious colours. This...

Mashir Kresenshun

(1999 - )ContemporaryFor the longest time I asked myself "What does it mean to be Indian?". In my artistic practice, I grapple with this question. My work explores aspects of "what constitutes Indian-ness" both in contemporary South Africa and across the world. In my...

Michael Pettit

(1950 - )ContemporaryMichael Pettit is a South African painter born in Durban in 1950. Pettit received formal art education from the University of the Witwatersrand, where he studied under renowned names, such as Judith Mason, Cecily Sash, and Robert Hodgins. Michael...

Mookho Ntho

(1995 - ) ContemporaryMookho Ntho is an upcoming visual artist. Though her foundation in the art world at a young age was in fashion illustration, as she grew up, she was exposed to more explorations of self-expression, mediums, and art movements. Her early works...

Mncedi Madolo

(1988 - )ContemporaryBorn in 1988, South African artist Mncedi Madolo completed a diploma in Fine Arts at Walter Sisulu University in 2014, majoring in painting. While studying he founded Smoked Beef Studios in East London in 2013 to pursue graphic design work. In...

Mustafa Maluka

(1976 - )ContemporaryBorn in 1967 in Cape Town, South African artist Mustafa Maluka studied at the De Ateliers, Post-Graduate Art Institute in Amsterdam, and at the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam.  He has lived in Amsterdam,...

Norman Clive Catherine

(1949 - ) Contemporary Norman Catherine was born in East London, South Africa, in September 1949. His vast body of work ranges from painting, sculpture, printmaking, and mixed media. In 1973, he collaborated with iconic South African artist Walter Battiss on the Fook...

Patricia Driscoll

(1974 - )Contemporary Driscoll was born in Johannesburg in 1974 and currently lives and works there. She obtained a Masters of Fine Arts with distinction from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg between 2010 and 2012, and a degree in Photography Fine...

Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi

(1977 - )Contemporary Artist Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi, born in 1977, is a South African painter based in Cape Town. Though he studied at Community Arts Project in Cape Town, he is mostly a self-taught visual artist. Ngqinambi’s work is inspired by sound, films, body...

Penny Siopis

(1953 - )Contemporary Penny Siopis, born in 1953, is a South African of Greek descent. She was born in Vryburg in the Northern Cape. She is a well-established artist and noted academic, particularly interested in the ways that national history and personal memory...

Prudence Chimutuwah

(1989 - )Contemporary Prudence Chimutuwah- born in 1989 in Harare, Zimbabwe- is an emerging contemporary visual artist. Between 2009 and 2011, she studied at the National Gallery Visual Art School and began working as an artist, working mainly with mixed media on...

Robert Slingsby

(1955 - )ContemporaryRobert Slingsby in discussion of his work "The Blue Lotus" in 2021: The Blue Lotus defined my art in 2021. The colour blue dominated, with shades of purples, pinks and greens, the colours of the sky and riverbanks reflected on the river. The blue...

Gillian Rosselli

(1962 - ) ContemporaryBorn in Zimbabwe in 1962, Rosselli's art is characterized by her concerns about the social inequalities surrounding migration and the effects of colonialism. Her most recent series of performances explore themes such as the construction of...

Robyn Denny

(1972 - )ContemporaryRobyn Denny is a painter and video artist whose powerful multimedia installations are internationally recognised. Their energy is a creative catharsis born of intensely opposing forces. Denny’s most recent work, Traces of Untold Stories, explores...

Sam Shendi

(1975 - )Contemporary Graduating in 1997 with a Cum Laude BA degree from Helwen University of Fine Arts in Cairo, Egyptian-born sculptor Sam Shendi creates joyfully coloured abstractions of the human figure which, with the subtlest of indicators, hints at the...

Stephen Allwright

(1969 - )Contemporary The accomplished self-taught artist, Stephen Allwright, has dedicated himself to his craft since 1998. He resides and works in the charming town of Barrydale, situated on the border of the Overberg and the Klein Karoo regions. Allwright holds a...

Talia Goldsmith

(1959 - )Contemporary“Art for me is stepping into the unknown. Sometimes the materials lead me, trying to dictate, and sometimes I am the leader. It’s like a dance that creates something out of nothing. When the work sings to me I know it’s done. ​My work focuses on...

Tamara Osso

(1983 - )Contemporary“My work is about an awareness of the body in space. Movement is a central theme to my process and is ever-present. The tactile act of painting allows this awareness to become actualised. I find dynamic form through painting derived from my daily...

Tanya Bonello

(1972 - )ContemporaryBorn in 1972, South African artist Tanya Bonello currently lives and works in Cape Town. She graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. Bonello’s works can be found...

Tracy Payne

(1965 - )ContemporaryEastern spirituality, sexuality, and the dual nature of life are consistent threads running through my work. Our world is out of balance and a reckoning is afoot. In 2012, I took up residence in India for three months. My pilgrimage was as much...

Vladimir Zagorov

(1951 - ) Contemporary “I guess, any curious and sincere viewer, irrespective of origin, religious beliefs and art accomplishment, is able to get close to Vladimir Zagorov’s world, get into its spirit, to live in it.” – Aleksey Boyko (professor, art critic, curator...

Yedidya Falkson

(1996 - )ContemporaryHaving lived in the same house my whole life, I have seen the outside world through red cottage-pane windows. I paint aspects of the house - architectural form, line, edge - minimalized and abstracted. I use the 3D effect of oil paint on...