Born Germiston in 1941.
BA (THOD) from the University of Pretoria.
Artist, author, researcher and producer.
I descended from a family of artists; the visual arts and performing arts – painters and musicians. I started my artistic career as an art collector, advisor and jazz musician. During the early 60s, I tried my hand at painting, mainly conventional realistic work. My interest in ethnology set me on another route; a lifelong journey of research and discovery, through literary and scientific sources studying the cultures of the people of Africa. This journey has taken me to the most uninhabitable places to view rock art and visit the people themselves. The world that research has opened to me has brought a rich treasure of experience and has enriched my spirit and my life.
My motto became: “As early people moved through Africa, discovered it and made it their own, I allow myself the privilege to ‘journey’ through the past – the myths and magic of Africa – to discover it and with modest hand portray aspects of it on canvas, in texts in publications and in audiovisual form.”
I will always remember Credo Mutwa’s words: “Be aware, the past is watching you!”