One of the most powerful and poetic artists in South Africa, this introspective painter prefers to let his work speak loudest. He is seen as one of the true masters of painting in South Africa.
Johann was born in Bellville in Cape Town in 1965 and he graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from the University of Stellenbosch in 1992. He is a full time artist whose work has been included in most of the important contemporary collections in South Africa. As a tribute to his work, the Sanlam Art Collection presented a mid-career retrospective exhibition in 2007. The exhibition toured the country.
In a review in Business Day, in December 2017, Nicola Kritzinger writes this about his work: “He foregoes the realism and smooth painted surfaces, the shiny, ripe beauty of Golden Age Dutch painting, which seems to have held its sway in his practice, leaving a residue of the unpalatable and inevitable decay that haunts the living.”