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Contact details: +27 83 2712342

Artist, curator, mentor, Extraordinary Professor of Art at Unisa.

A conceptual, intermedial painter that produces painterly digital works and abstracted physical paintings.

Artworks have been exhibited at major galleries, museums, universities and art festivals, both locally and internationally; and taken up in the public collections of the University of Pretoria, Unisa, Telkom, the DBSA, FNB and various private collections.

Qualifications: D Litt et Phil (Art History); MA(Visual Arts); HED; BA(Philosophy, French); Int. Dip. (Interactive Multimedia); Licentiate (Piano).

Academic publications appeared in local and internal academic journals and books.

Often invited to adjudicate at the national competitions such as the Absa l'Atelier, the Sasol New Signatures and the Portrait Award.

Founded the CAP Institute for Contemporary Art Practice in 2015 and Fried Contemporary Gallery in Pretoria in 2005.

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Current (since 2015): Extraordinary Professor, Department of Art and Music, University of South Africa

Current: External examiner for Universities of Johannesburg, Free State and Stellenbosch; Tshwane University of Technology


Current (since 2012): Rated as C2 researcher, National Research Foundation of South Africa

Current (since 1996): Freelance and institutional curator at several museums and galleries (South Africa and Belgium)

2019: Museum scientist for the Art Bank of South Africa

2014-2015: Academic Dean, Open Window Institute

2005-2014: Founder & Curator,  Fried Contemporary Art Gallery & Studio, Pretoria

2003-2014: Senior Lecturer – Full Professor, Department of Visual Arts, University of Pretoria

1990-2003: Full-time lecturing, Department of Art and Music, University of South Africa

Postgraduate Bursaries: 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1988, 1989-1997, Universities of South Africa and Pretoria

Funding and Grants: Absa Bank (several), Standard Bank, National Research Foundation (several), Development Bank of Southern Africa (two), Royal Academy of Arts, Antwerp, National Library of South Africa

I source, conceptualise and install artworks for galleries, museums, corporates, embassies, private homes and art festivals


I provide advice and inspection reports, as well as art brokering and acquisition advice to art collectors. 

View: Publications


Contemporary Art, Utopian Studies, Place And Utopia, Dystopia, Techno-Utopia, Curatorial Practice, African Studies

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D Litt et Phil (Art History) (Unisa), 1996-2001. Title of thesis: Dystopia and artifice in late 20th century visual culture

International Diploma in Interactive Multimedia (media-gn, Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen), 1996

MA (Fine Arts) (Unisa) 1988-1992. Title of dissertation: A hermeneutic investigation of the ‘parergon’ in artmaking with special reference to Anselm Kiefer

BA (Fine Arts) (Unisa) 1981-1987. Majors: Painting (mixed media) and Art History.

Teachers Licentiate in Piano (UP), 1976-1978

Postgraduate Higher Education Diploma (HED) (UP), 1974

BA (UP) 1970-73. Majors: Afrikaans, French, Philosophy

Nationally and internationally my artworks have been exhibited at major gallery, museums, universities and art festivals


My work has been taken up in major art collections of the University of Pretoria; Unisa; Telkom; the DBSA; FNB; and various private collections


I was a Finalist in most of the SA national competitions, including the Brett Kebble Award; and I held solo exhibitions in Pretoria, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Paris and Oudtshoorn 


Current (since 2015): Founded CAP Institute for Contemporary Art Practice offering workshops,  online Short Courses and an online Certificate in Contemporary Art Practice to emerging and established artists


Current: Vice-President of SANAVA (South African National Association for the Visual Arts)

2005: Founded Fried Contemporary Art Gallery in Pretoria in 2005, together with Charles Gijzelaar as partner, which I curated and managed until 2014 when it was sold to new owners and it subsequently closed in 2018. This gallery was known as the flagship contemporary space north of Johannesburg

I adjudicate at most of the national competitions such Absa l'Atelier, Sasol New Signatures, The Sanlam Portrait Award and others

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