List of the most popular artists from South Africa, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. You might also be interested in famous South African photographers and famous South African authors. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous South African artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable South African artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.
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Evan Penny was born in South Africa in 1953. He currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada. In 1978 Penny graduated from Alberta College of Art and Design and received a post-graduate degree in sculpture. Evan Penny makes sculptures of human forms out of silicone, pigment, hair and aluminium. His ...more
Birthplace: South Africa
Nationality: Canada, South Africasee more on Evan Penny
Johannes Petrus Meintjes was a South African artist and writer. Meintjes grew up on his family's farm in the mountains near Molteno. He lived and worked in Cape Town for several years, taught art, travelled for exhibitions and won a range of South African and international awards. In 1965 he retired ...more
Artworks: Sebastiaan, Young Man in Sleep, Sleeping Boy, Landscape with Waiting Women Waenhuiskrans, + more
Nationality: South Africa
Art Forms: Sculpture, Paintingsee more on Johannes Meintjes
Marlene Dumas is a South African born artist and painter who lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In the past Dumas produced paintings, collages, drawings, prints and installations. She now works mainly with oil on canvas and ink on paper. ...more
Artworks: The Painter, Jen, Albino
Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa
Nationality: Netherlands, South Africa
Art Forms: Paintingsee more on Marlene Dumas
David Goldblatt is a South African photographer noted for his portrayal of South Africa during the period of apartheid and more recently that country's landscapes. ...more
Artworks: Man Sleeping^! Joubert Park^! Johannesburg^! April 1975, Farmer's Son with his Nursemaid. Marico Bushveld^! December 1964, Commando of National Party Supporters Escorting Dr. Verwoerd into Party's 50th A, Waiting to sell food...
Birthplace: Randfontein, South Africa
Nationality: South Africasee more on David Goldblatt
Robert Hodgins was an English painter and printmaker. ...more
Birthplace: Dulwich, London, United Kingdom
Nationality: United Kingdom, South Africa
Art Forms: Paintingsee more on Robert Hodgins
Jürgen Schadeberg is a South African photographer and artist. ...more
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Nationality: South Africasee more on Jürgen Schadeberg
Alfred Kumalo, better known as Alf Kumalo, and with the surname sometimes spelled Khumalo, was a South African documentary photographer and photojournalist. ...more
Birthplace: Alexandra, Gauteng, South Africa
Nationality: South Africasee more on Alf Kumalo
Peter Magubane is a South African photographer. ...more
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Nationality: South Africasee more on Peter Magubane