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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 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
Johannes Meintjes 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
Marlene Dumas 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
David Goldblatt 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 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 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 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
Alf Kumalo 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 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
William Kentridge 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^! Oudsthoorn 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 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
Brent Stirton 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 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 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 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 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 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
Alexis Preller 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 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 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.

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Vladimir Tretchikoff is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Vladimir Tretchikoff Chinese Girl, Alicia Markova "The Dying Swan" Vladimir Grigoryevich Tretchikoff was one of the most commercially successful artists of all time - his painting Chinese Girl is one of the best selling art prints of the twentieth century. ...more

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Zwelethu Mthethwa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Zwelethu Mthethwa Untitled^! from the series Sugar Cane Zwelethu Mthethwa is a South African painter and photographer. Mthethwa is represented in Cape Town by BRUNDYN + GONSALVES, Johannesburg by Everard Read and in New York by the Jack Shainman

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John Meyer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
John Meyer An Extraordinary Boy, Portrait of Vladimir Horowitz, Black South Easter III John Meyer is a South African painter. He has exhibited extensively in South African and abroad specialising in landscapes and portraits in a photo-realist style. More recently he describes his ...more

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Bob Gosani is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Bob Gosani Bob Gosani was a South African photographer.

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Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef Mont-aux-Sorces, Landscape^! Orange Free State, Watermeule naby Stellenbosch Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef, was a South African landscape artist, generally considered to be one of the best of the old South African masters. His distinctive style is widely recognised and his ...more

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Nathaniel Stern is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Nathaniel Stern Nathaniel Stern is an interdisciplinary artist who works in a variety of media, including photography, interactive art, public art interventions, installation, video art, net.art and ...more

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Minnette Vári is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Minnette Vári Minnette Vári is a South African artist known primarily for her video installations. Born in Pretoria, Vári studied fine arts at the University of Pretoria where she obtained her ...more

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Hermann Niebuhr is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Hermann Niebuhr Hermann Niebuhr is a South African artist who lives in Johannesburg. He utilizes oils on canvas in a classical painterly style to document urban decay as well as rural landscapes. Niebuhr was ...more

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Harry Bolus is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Harry Bolus Harry Bolus was a South African botanist, botanical artist, businessman and philanthropist. He advanced botany in South Africa by establishing bursaries, founding the Bolus Herbarium and ...more

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Tracey Rose is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Tracey Rose Tracey Rose is a South African artist who lives and works in Johannesburg. Rose is best known for her performances, video installations, and photographs.

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Judith Mason is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Judith Mason Judith Mason is a South African artist who has created oil paintings, graphics, mixed media and tapestries, rich in symbolism and mythology, and displaying a rare technical virtuosity.

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Rosa Hope is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Rosa Hope Rosa Somerville Hope, was an English painter who visited South Africa in 1935 and stayed on. Her mother was a teacher at the Camberwell School of Art and her father was recorded as an agent. She ...more

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Robin Rhode is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Robin Rhode Robin Rhode is a South African artist based in Berlin, Germany. In 1998, he obtained a diploma in Fine Art from Technikon Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, followed by a postgraduate ...more

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Ernest Cole is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Ernest Cole Ernest Cole was a South African photographer. In the early 1960s, he started to freelance for clients such as Drum magazine, the Rand Daily Mail, Drum and the Sunday Express. This made him South ...more

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Gavin Jantjes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Gavin Jantjes Gavin Jantjes is a South African painter. A native of Cape Town, Jantjes studied at the University of Cape Town's Michaelis School of Fine Art and the Hochschule für bildende Künste ...more

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Paul Emsley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Paul Emsley Paul Emsley is a British artist who worked in South Africa until 1996 and is now resident in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England. He is a former lecturer at the Stellenbosch University and the ...more

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Frank Sydney Spears is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Frank Sydney Spears Frank Sydney Spears was a South African artist. He was born in Walsall, Staffordshire, England and arrived in South Africa as a designer for Brimble and Briggs Ltd. in 1928. He established a ...more

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Barbara Pike is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Barbara Pike Rosalie Barbara Pike born 29 March 1933 in Johannesburg is a South African botanical artist.

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Colla Swart is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Colla Swart Colla Swart, born 1930, is a well-known South African Photographer. She started professional photography in 1982, and has become famous for her nature and people photography in and around her ...more

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David Kuijers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
David Kuijers David Kuijers is a South African painter. Kuijers was born on 30 March 1962 in Vanderbijlpark, near Johannesburg, of Dutch immigrant parents. He completed his schooling at the School of Art, ...more

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Ethel May Dixie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Ethel May Dixie Ethel May Dixie was a South African botanical artist. Dixie was largely self-taught unlike her older sister who enjoyed the benefits of tuition by Thomas Bowler. Nonetheless, she was the ...more

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Winifred Brunton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Winifred Brunton Winifred Mabel Brunton née Newberry was a South African painter, illustrator and Egyptologist.

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Ruth Sacks is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Ruth Sacks Ruth Sacks is a South African artist who lives and works in Johannesburg. She is currently based at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, where she is a doctoral fellow. She is ...more

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Rhona Brown is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Artists from South Africa
Rhona Brown Rhona Brown, was a South African botanical artist and housewife. She was educated at University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg and UNISA graduating with a B.A. in Fine Arts and with a National Art ...more