paintings

Esther Mahlangu, Mzansi’s own global icon

Meet Esther Mahlangu, a South African artist, best known around the world for her artwork that showcases her Ndebele heritage.   Esther Nikwambi Mahlangu, a Ndebele...

An overview of the history of South African art

South Africa is home to some of the world's most ancient and beautiful art - the rock paintings of the San. It's also the scene of a host of diverse and challenging contemporary artists producing important new work.

Bungee jumping in South Africa

Weehah! South Africa has the third highest commercial bungee jump in the world - it's official. The 216-metre Bloukrans on the border of the Eastern and Western Cape is not for the faint of heart.

South African artist to serve residency in France

Shamin Chibba Some of Nelson Makamo's paintings sell for hundreds of thousands of rands. Singer Annie Lennox and designer Giorgio Armani own his work. But...

Grootboom tells tales of Khoi-San through recycled material and artwork

An artist of Knysna shares of how his childhood in the bush, and learning indigenous traditions led him to his passion: a career in art. He also uses this to help rehabilitate young offenders.

The artist who paints with lipstick

Sarah Britten has created a niche for herself in the art world by using a unique medium – lipstick – to create her pictures. It has increased the number of tubes she buys compared to the average woman, but it's worthwhile because she thinks the colours are extraordinary.

Irma Stern portrait fetches auction record of R17,6-million

Still Life with African Woman, a work by South African ​expressionist Irma Stern, fetched R17,6-million at an art auction in London on Wednesday.

Benin gallery keeps African art in Africa

Contemporary African art is carving a niche in the West African town of Ouidah, Benin. Known more for its slave trade and voodoo roots, the region is starting to draw visitors more interested in the arts and culture. It is also offering a space for expatriate artists to show their work at home for the first time.

Following the Nelson Mandela trail

From the island prison where he lived for 18 years to his post-presidential archive in Johannesburg, from rural childhood scenes to a house in South Africa's busiest township, Nelson Mandela left a rich trail across the country for the discerning tourist to follow.

Creativity for a good cause

A pair of creative philanthropists has come up with the concept of iExist, through which the big questions are explored in art. But the driving force behind the project is to help the less fortunate through auctioning the works of art made under the iExist banner.