Famous Artists from South Africa

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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. 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.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different artists, including Paul Emsley and Gavin Jantjes.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from South Africa?" and "Who are the most well-known South African artists?"

For further information on these historic South African artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated South African artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.
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    Evan Penny

    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

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    • Birthplace: South Africa
    • Nationality: Canada, South Africa
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    Johannes Meintjes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
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    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 to ...more

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    • Artworks: Sebastiaan, Young Man in Sleep, Sleeping Boy, Landscape with Waiting Women, Waenhuiskrans, + more
    • Birthplace: Riversdale
    • Nationality: South Africa
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
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    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

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    • Artworks: The Painter, Jen, Albino
    • Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art
    • Nationality: Netherlands, South Africa
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    David Goldblatt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
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    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

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    • 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 Africa
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    Robert Hodgins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
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    Robert Hodgins was an English painter and printmaker. more

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    • Birthplace: Dulwich, London, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: United Kingdom, South Africa
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Jürgen Schadeberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
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    Jürgen Schadeberg is a South African photographer and artist. more

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    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    • Nationality: South Africa
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    Alf Kumalo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
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    Alfred Kumalo, better known as Alf Kumalo, and with the surname sometimes spelled Khumalo, was a South African documentary photographer and photojournalist. more

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    • Birthplace: Alexandra, Gauteng, South Africa
    • Nationality: South Africa
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    Peter Magubane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
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    Peter Magubane is a South African photographer. more

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    • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Nationality: South Africa
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