Meet the artists

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2021 Absa L'Atelier winners

Enjoy the works of the four 2021 Absa L'Atelier winners in this Absa Art Hot Spot exclusive exhibition.

Meet the artists video series

Meet incredible South African artists in this exclusive Absa Art Hot Spot video series

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Jaco van Schalkwyk

Jaco van Schalkwk was born in 1981 in Benoli, South Africa and received a degree in Historical Studies from the University of South Africa. He still resides in Africa as he feels it is paramount in creating authentic works of wildlife art.

Pauline Gutter

Pauline Gutter

The Free State-based, South African painter and intermedia artist, Pauline Gutter, was born in 1980. She obtained her B.A. Degree in Fine Arts (cum laude for painting) at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, and was awarded Honours Colours in Arts and Culture from the same University. She is the winner of the prestigious 2013 Absa L`Atelier competition and was also awarded the Helgaard Steyn Award for painting in 2011. In 2012 she received the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans Award.

Mongezi Ncaphayi

Mongezi Ncaphayi

Jaco van Schalkwk was born in 1981 in Benoli, South Africa and received a degree in Historical Studies from the University of South Africa. He still resides in Africa as he feels it is paramount in creating authentic works of wildlife art.

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Marco Cianfenelli

After graduating with distinction from the Department of Fine Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, Marco Cianfanelli acted as part-time lecturer in Design at the Parktown College for Vocational Education.  Shortly after he launched into a full-time career as an artist.

Power of 35! artist biographies

Learn about what makes the artists tick, their rationale and their inspiration. 

The Power of 35! Exhibition, showcases the best of past Absa L'Atelier winners.

Jonathan Comerford
Virginia MacKenny
Diane Victor
Ilse Pahl
Kevin Roberts
Stefanus Rademeyer
Marco Cianfenelli
Sanell Aggenbach
Conrad Botes
Ruth Sacks
James Webb
Stephan Rosin
Ilka van Shalkwyk
Ian Grose
Elri Joubert
Pauline Gutter
Liberty Battson
Kai Lossgott
Nourhan Maayouf
Nkhensani Rihlampfu
Raji Bamidele
Winifred Luena

The Absa Art Hot Spot
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Explore 3D Exhibition spaces, watch masterclasses with African artists and stay up to date with upcoming webinars, competitions and more. The Absa Virtual Gallery is your portal to the best of the African fine arts.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Artist proof studios - 4 November 2021

Explore Past Exhibitions in 3D Virtual Galleries

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Absa L'Atelier 2021 winners