Biographies

Durant Basi Sihlali was born on 5 March 1935 in an industrial area, Germiston, Transvaal, now known as Gauteng Province. Due to harsh living... read more
Ken Saro-Wiwa was a prominent Nigerian author, activist and television producer. He garnered attention by leading a nonviolent campaign agai... read more
Mongane Wally Serote was born in Sophiatown, Johannesburg on 8 May 1944, just four years before the National Party (NP) came to power in Sou... read more
Born in Cape Town in 1958 and also known as Zapiro. Could not imagine a career in cartooning, so studied architecture at University of Cape... read more
Swart was born in Durban in 1952. After matriculating from Queensborough High School in 1969, he enrolled at the Natal Technical College, Du... read more
Harold Strachan was born in 1925 in Pretoria. He obtained a BA (FA) from the University if Pretoria, and won an Emma Smith Scholarship to st... read more
“Drawing is one way of articulating my relationship to the world.” Paul Stopforth is a painter and graphic artist who works in oil, gouache,... read more
Sylvester Stein was born on 25 December in 1920 in Cape Town, and was brought up in Durban. He studied engineering at Howard College in Nata... read more
Irma Stern was born in 1894 in Schweizer-Reneke, Transvaal. She studied in Weimar and Berlin and had her inaugural exhibition in Berlin in 1... read more
Dr Phuthuma (also documented as Phutuma and Phatuma) Seoka was born in 1922 in Modjadji near Duiwelskloof, Lebowa. Seoka left school in Stan... read more
Enoch Mankayi Sontonga was born in Uitenhage, Eastern Province (now Eastern Cape) around 1873 as a member of the Xhosa-speaking Mpinga clan... read more
Tiyo Soga was born in 1829. He was the most famous pupil of the Lovedale missionaries. On a visit to Scotland in 1857, he became the first b... read more

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