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Famous Artists from South Africa

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.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different artists, including Marlene Dumas and Evan Penny.

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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  • Johannes Meintjes
    Sebastiaan, Young Man in Sleep, Sleeping Boy
    • Birthplace: Riversdale
    • Nationality: South Africa
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
  • Marlene Dumas
    The Painter, Jen, Albino
    • Birthplace: South Africa, Cape Town
    • Nationality: Netherlands, South Africa
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • David Goldblatt
    Man Sleeping, Joubert Park, Johannesburg
    • Birthplace: Randfontein, South Africa
    • Nationality: South Africa
  • William Kentridge
    Drawing from Tide Table: Officers with Binoculars, Drawing from Tide Table: Dormitory Interior, Drawing from Tide Table: Beach Hotel at Night
    • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Nationality: South Africa
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Tinus de Jongh
    A Cape Homestead, St Nicolaas kerk met het Open Havenfront, Meiringspoort
    • Birthplace: Netherlands
    • Nationality: Netherlands, South Africa
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Brent Stirton
    Blind Indian Albino Boys, 2011 World Press Photo Award for Contemporary Issues winning photo, Rhino Wars
    • Birthplace: Durban, South Africa
    • Nationality: South Africa
  • Alexis Preller
    Gold Primavera, Study with skull, Marathon
    • Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa
    • Nationality: South Africa
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Walter Battiss
    Swimming Pool
    • Birthplace: Somerset East, South Africa
    • Nationality: South Africa
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Paul du Toit
    The jester, Loosing yourself on a desolate beach, Well travelled
    • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Nationality: South Africa
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Mural, Ceramic art, Painting