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Martin is an Artist with SouthAfricanArtists.com based in South Africa.
I was born in 1967 in South Africa to South African parents and mostly grew up in Pretoria (South Africa). My father is also an artist, I’m sure that it influenced me to also create art, not only by genetics. It seems I have always been destined to be an artist, my mother said I did not walk or talk much until I was nearly two, I just drew pictures and built sand castles when we went to Plett on holiday every year. I have recently moved down to Plett permanently and is thrilled to now call it home!
In 1996, I underwent a brain operation for a blocked vein and during the operation, had a severe stroke, leaving me paralysed on my right side (I painted with my right hand) and helpless as a newborn. I had to “re-learn” everything. After about 2 years, with lots of determination, help and love from my parents, friends and family and rehab by professionals, I could paint again. I now paint with my left hand.
I was involved in various solo and group exhibitions in South Africa and France over the years, including the Association of Art in Pretoria (twice). I was also a finalist in the Sasol New Signature Art competition in 2009. I feel so blessed to be able to create. I live my fiancee on a farm (lodge) between Knysna and Plett and my immediate environment inspires every day - open spaces stillness, beautiful nature.
Take part in group exhibition in Paris, France
Duo exhibition at the Tina Skukan in Fearie Glen Pretoria with sculptor Craig Muller.
Participate in the Sasol new signature art competition at the Art Museum in Pretoria and goes through to the gala event as one of the top one hundred finalists.
Providing artworks for the local TV series 7de Laan, for characters “Johan Bonthuys” and “Pieter van Heerden”
Solo exhibition at Chapmans Art Emporio.
Group exhibition at The Gallery at Duncan Yard.
Group exhibition at St Lorient in Brooklyn Pretoria.
Solo exhibition at The Upperdeck gallery in Plettenberg Bay.
Duo exhibition at Karoo Cafe Galery in Pretoria
Solo exhibition at the SA association of art
Exibition in Franshoek
Solo exhibition at Custom Design gallery in Knysna
Second time new signature finalist
Solo exhibition at the Association of Arts in Pretoria, South Africa
Des 2012 - Exhibition at Arteriors, Plettenberg Bay
2013 - Works exhibited and sold at Ffiago Interiors, Knysna
Diploma in Graphic Design at the Technicon of Pretoria (Tswane)
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