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

Birthplace: South Africa

Nationality: Canada, South Africa

Evan Penny (born 1953, in South Africa), currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario, 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

Birthplace: Riversdale

Nationality: South Africa

Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting

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

Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa

Nationality: Netherlands, South Africa

Art Forms: Painting

Marlene Dumas (born 1953) is a South African artist and painter.
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David Goldblatt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Man Sleeping, Joubert Park, Johannesburg

Birthplace: Randfontein, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

David Goldblatt HonFRPS (29 November 1930 – 25 June 2018) was a South African photographer noted for his portrayal of South Africa during the period of apartheid and more recently that country's ...more
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Robert Hodgins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa

Birthplace: Dulwich, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, South Africa

Art Forms: Painting

Robert Hodgins (27 June 1920 – 15 March 2010) 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

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Nationality: South Africa

Jürgen Schadeberg (born 1931) 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

Birthplace: Alexandra, Gauteng, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Alfred Khumalo (5 September 1930 – 21 October 2012), 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

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Peter Magubane (born (1932-01-18)18 January 1932) 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

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Art Forms: Painting

William Kentridge (born 28 April 1955) 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, ...more
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Obie Oberholzer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Obie Oberholzer

Nationality: South Africa

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

Birthplace: Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands, South Africa

Art Forms: Painting

Martinus Johannes "Tinus" de Jongh (31 January 1885 in Amsterdam – 17 July 1942 in Bloemfontein) was one of South Africa's most popular painters.
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Sam Haskins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa

Birthplace: Kroonstad

Nationality: South Africa

Samuel Joseph Haskins (11 November 1926 – 26 November 2009), was a British photographer, born and raised in South Africa. He started his career in Johannesburg and moved to London in 1968. ...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

Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

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

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Kevin Carter (13 September 1960 – 27 July 1994) 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 ...more
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Dave Robertson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Dave Robertson

Birthplace: Zimbabwe

Nationality: Zimbabwe, South Africa

Art Forms: Photography, Painting

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

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: United Kingdom, South Africa

Lennie Lee (born 4 March 1958) 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

Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Austin Stevens (born 19 May 1950) is a South African-born Australian naturalist, herpetologist, wildlife photographer, documentarian, television personality, and author best known as the host of ...more
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Andrzej Sawa is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Andrzej Sawa

Birthplace: Poland

Nationality: Poland, South Africa

Art Forms: Photography

Andrzej Sawa (born 1941) is a Polish-South African photographer.
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Verika is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa

Birthplace: South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Art Forms: Painting, Drawing

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

Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa

Nationality: Germany, South Africa

Abrie Fourie (born 1969 in Pretoria) 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 ...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

Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Art Forms: Painting

Alexis Preller (6 September 1911 – 13 December 1975) 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 ...more
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Walter Battiss is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Walter Battiss Swimming Pool

Birthplace: Somerset East, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Art Forms: Painting

Walter Whall Battiss (6 January 1906 – 20 August 1982) was a South African artist, who was generally considered to be the foremost South African abstract painter and known as the creator of the ...more
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Zanele Muholi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa

Birthplace: Umlazi, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Zanele Muholi HonFRPS (born 19 July, 1972) is a South African artist and visual activist working in photography, video, and installation. Muholi's work focuses on race, gender and sexuality with ...more
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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

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Art Forms: Sculpture, Mural, Ceramic art, Painting

Paul Johan du Toit (31 October 1965 – 9 January 2014) was a South African artist, working in painting, sculpture, paper and mixed media. His exhibits have been displayed globally. Most notably, ...more
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Constance Stuart Larrabe... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa

Birthplace: Cornwall, United Kingdom

Nationality: South Africa

Constance Stuart Larrabee (7 August 1914 – 27 July 2000) was a photographer best known for her images of South Africa and her photo-journalism on Europe during World War II. She was South ...more