Monthly Archives: Jul 2015

Alexis Preller

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ALEXIS PRELLER (1911 – 1975) – Preller was a South African painter.  He trained at the Westminster School of Art from which he graduated during 1934.  He also attended the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris during 1937.

He was especially influenced by Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, and visited European galleries and museums to study these artists’ works.  Elements of Gauguin can be seen in his paintings on South African subjects such as the Garden of Eden (1937).

Dino Paravano

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DINO PARAVANO (1935) – Dino was born in Rome, Italy and immigrated with his family to South Africa during 1947, when he was 12 years old. Art has always been a part of Dino’s life. He started painting at an early age, taught and encouraged by his amateur artist father.

Dino attended the Johannesburg College of Art and travelled to Europe on study tours, but in essence he is mainly self-taught.

Francois Koch

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FRANCOIS KOCH (1944) – Francois Koch was born in 1944 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Art was always Francois Koch’s central interest. Painting and drawing since childhood, he began selling watercolour landscapes at age fifteen.

He studied commercial art in the 1960s at the Johannesburg School of Art and worked for a number of years as commercial artist and illustrator. At age twenty-six, he decided to pursue his lifelong passion for fine art. He soon established himself as one of South Africa’s

JH Pierneef

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JH PIERNEEF (1886 – 1957) – Jacobus Hendrik (Henk) Pierneef (13 August 1886 – 14 November 1957) 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 work was greatly influenced by the South African landscape.

Most of his landscapes were of the South African highveld, which provided a lifelong source of inspiration for him.