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Artist: Banele Khoza

Being so young, artist Banele Khoza is causing a stir in the South African art world. Khoza was born in 1994 in Hlatikulu, Swaziland. He moved to South Africa as a teenager in 2008. After school he enrolled at the London International School of Fashion, where he studied for a year. After coming back to South Africa he studied for a National Diploma in Fine Art (2014) at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). He also completed a BTech in Fine Arts in 2015 and became a lecturer at the TUT. He is presently a full-time artist.In an interview with Selma Costa for okayafrica.com, he said the following about his own work: "My work is a response to my instant thoughts...

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Artist: Johann Louw

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:...

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Artist: Robert Hodgins

Robert Hodgins (1920 - 2019) only became well-known in the 1980's, even though he's already been producing art works for 30 years by that time. But he's since been elevated by critics and the public alike to the level of Battiss, Sekoto and Kentridge.SAhistory.org.za says the following about him: "Robert Hodgins can be described as an expressionistic painter and graphic artist of historical events, images, figures and impressions. His icons of malevolent businessmen in pinstriped suits, prison cells, historical references and political tyrants still reappear in his recent works."Hodgins served in the South African Union Defence Force in Kenya and Egypt from 1940 to 1944. Some of the depth of that experience and also his general disdain for the corrupting...

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Huisraad Artist - Karlien de Villiers

  Karlien de Villiers was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1975. She studied Graphic Design and Illustration at the University of Stellenbosch. After graduating in 1997 she worked as a commercial designer for an advertising agency in Cape Town. In 2006 she completed her MA in Information Design at the University of Pretoria, and has worked as a Lecturer in Illustration and Graphic Design at the University of Stellenbosch's Visual Arts Department from 2006 to 2017.  She is the author and illustrator of the graphic novel ‘My mother was a beautiful woman’. The novel was published in a German translation in Switzerland (Arrache Coeur/Edition Moderne), and emerged as the second-best seller at the Fumetto International Comics Festival in...

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Artist: Walter Oltmann

Walter Oltmann grew up in various parts of Kwa-Zulu Natal where he was exposed to the rich craft tradition of rural South Africa. Oltmann’s development of his exceptional draught skills soon translated well into his interpretation of the mastery of traditional craft skills that are to be found in South Africa. Much of his work shows Oltmann’s interest in the relationship between humans and insects.Oltmann said: “In a way insects are our extreme other.” 

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