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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. 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?"

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Evan Penny is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
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 ...more

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Johannes Meintjes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Sebastiaan, Young Man in Sleep, Sleeping Boy 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 ...more

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Marlene Dumas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
The Painter, Jen, Albino 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. ...more

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David Goldblatt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Man Sleeping, Joubert Park, Johannesburg 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.

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

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Jürgen Schadeberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Jürgen Schadeberg is a South African photographer and artist.

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

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Peter Magubane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Peter Magubane is a South African photographer.

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William Kentridge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Drawing from Tide Table: Officers with Binoculars, Drawing from Tide Table: Dormitory Interior, Drawing from Tide Table: Beach Hotel at Night William Kentridge is a South African artist best known for his prints, drawings, and animated films. These are constructed by filming a drawing, making erasures and changes, and filming it ...more

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Obie Oberholzer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Obie Oberholzer Petrus Cornelius Jacobus "Obie" Oberholzer is a South African photographer. Oberholzer was born on a small farm outside Pretoria, South Africa. He studied graphic design at ...more

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Tinus de Jongh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Tinus de Jongh A Cape Homestead, St Nicolaas kerk met het Open Havenfront, Meiringspoort Martinus Johannes "Tinus" de Jongh was one of South Africa's most popular painters. Self-taught, he began his career as a decorator in the Netherlands, and then pursued painting ...more

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Sam Haskins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Sam Haskins, born Samuel Joseph Haskins, was a British photographer, born and raised in South Africa. He started his photographic career in Johannesburg and moved to London in 1968. Haskins is ...more

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Brent Stirton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Blind Indian Albino Boys, 2011 World Press Photo Award for Contemporary Issues winning photo, Rhino Wars Brent Stirton is a Senior Photographer for Getty Images, based in New York. His award-winning work has been widely recognized for its powerful depiction of issues related to conflict, health and ...more

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Kevin Carter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Kevin Carter was a South African photojournalist and member of the Bang-Bang Club. He was the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for his photograph depicting the 1994 famine in Sudan. He committed ...more

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Dave Robertson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Dave Robertson Dave Robertson, is a South African visual artist currently living and working in Cape Town. His photographic work is primarily a form of social commentary. His first photographic ...more

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Lennie Lee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Lennie Lee is a South African conceptual artist who lives and works in London.

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Austin Stevens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Austin Stevens is a South African-born herpetologist, wildlife photographer, film maker and author best known for hosting a series of snake documentaries, best known of which is Austin Stevens: ...more

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Andrzej Sawa is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Andrzej Sawa Andrzej Sawa is a Polish-South African photographer.

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Verika is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Verika is a South African abstract expressionist painter focusing on femininity and sensuality. She has a Fine Art diploma, majoring in painting and mixed media at Ruth Prowse School of Art.

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Abrie Fourie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Abrie Fourie is a South African born artist. He currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. While specialising in photography and digital media, Fourie prefers not to be bound by a specific ...more

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Alexis Preller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Gold Primavera, Study with skull, Marathon Alexis Preller was a South African painter. He trained at the Westminster School of Art from which he graduated in 1934 and later at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris. ...more

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Walter Battiss is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Walter Battiss Swimming Pool Walter Whall Battiss was a South African artist, who is generally considered to be the foremost South African abstract painter and known as the creator of the quirky "Fook Island" ...more

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Zanele Muholi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Zanele Muholi is a South African photographer and visual activist.

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Paul du Toit is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Paul du Toit The jester, Loosing yourself on a desolate beach, Well travelled Paul Johan du Toit was a South African artist, working in painting, sculpture, paper and mixed media. His exhibits have been displayed globally. Most notably, three of his sculptures were ...more

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Constance Stuart Larrabee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Constance Stuart Larrabee was a photographer best known for her images of South Africa. She was South Africa's first female war correspondent during World War II.