Born in Greyville, KZN, in 1971, Stefan is both a conceptual strategist and accomplished craftsman whose resume include high profile projects such as Art Directing of Ushaka Maine Wolrd, Fantasy of Lights, and Restoration of Dubai architecture.As you tour through this site, you will discover the versatility with which Stefan approach art - beautiful nudes enfused with reference to haute couture fashion, extraordinary landscapes, realistic portraits and innovative paintings of antique themes.
As a skilful figurative painter, Stéfan trained under renowned artists Diane Victor and Carl “Cuz” Jeppe at the prestigious Tshwane University of Technology’s (previously Pretoria Technikon) School of Art. During his tenure, he majored in Painting, Drawing and History of Art, being inspired by fellow South African artist Vladimir Tretchikoff, and the textured application of Lucian Freud’s more figurative paintings.
Stéfan spends the first decade of his career honing his craftsmanship in the theatre – accomplishing scenic and décor painting on sets for, among others, Celebration of the Century. During this time he is also employed as Art Director at the popular Ushaka Marine World, Durban, South Africa.
The sold out solo exhibition “
Since then, this prolific painter has been developing his matchless style by masterfully executing large scale portraits and international commissions on various themes. In 2014, Stéfan co-exhibits
” at the Voir Gallery in 2006, launches Stéfan as a full time artist.
￼his much anticipated new works in “
Lothar Bötcher, at artist haven Artspace in Durban. He follows the success of “
” (Character) with good friend and glass maestro,
￼” with ” (Yellow) at the h.A.p. Gallery, Pretoria, which sells out on its opening
Many of his works depict the African woman with defined facial features in a romantic, almost idyllic fashion. With layers of paint, he uses his brush to make his mark with a combination of traditional elegance and contemporary modes.
According to Stéfan, “I believe that all artists’ creative process involves a certain rhythm that is unique to them, but also changes from day to day with their mood. I know mine does.” Therefor he claims that there is no specific formula or technical recipe he follows. He prefers his themes and techniques to be fluid; a constant boundary spanning challenge to create “the ultimate work of art.”
South African contemporary Art