South Africa is home to some of the earliest art work in the word. Some of the rock art created by the indigenous San people is believed to be over 5000 years old. Just three hours drive from Cape Town in the Cederberg there is more than 2000 different San rock art sites, which are accessible for public viewing. Moving forward to modern times, South Africa’s challenging past has galvanised many South African artist to create powerful and thought-provoking pieces that have gained considerable international acclaim. Artists as diverse as William Kentridge, Gerard Sekoto and Jane Alexander each in their own way have grappled with the complexities of colonialism and apartheid on both the political world and psychological self. Perhaps somewhat ironically one of South Africa’s most famous art exports is Russian emigre Tretchikoff whose prints, like The Dying Swan and The Blue Lady, still sell in the millions around the world.
The art scene in Cape Town is vibrant, exciting and contemporary, making Cape Town undoubtedly the centre of the art world in Africa. You will find galleries across the city and surrounds with defined art centres in Woodstock, The Waterfront, Stellenbosch and the CBD. The very popular First Thursdays where galleries open their doors till late in the evening with events and live music on the first Thursday of the month is a great way to speed immerse yourself on what the city’s art scene has to offer.
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