South African Art

South African Art

South African art is the art created by the people who live in modern South Africa, which is where some of the world's oldest art objects were found.

Modern South African art reflects the experiences of South African people during apartheid and the impact of European influence in the region. It is evident in the art created by Africans as they navigate contemporary traditions and the influence of the Dutch on both white and black artists.

Tribal art in South Africa encompasses diverse forms like beadwork, pottery, wood carving, mask making, and body adornment. These forms are closely tied to the cultural and spiritual beliefs of the tribes and play a role in rituals, ceremonies, and daily life.

Other words in the glossary

Building your collection? We can help.

Your questions, answered

Parra's studio, with Parra at the centre, his back to the camera as he works on the large painting takes centre stage, showing a faceless blue woman in a striped dress, painted in red, purple, blue and teal. The studio is full of brightly coloured paints, with a large window on the right and a patterned rug across the floor under the painting.