Francois Viljoen artist / sculptor / art teacher

Francois, a South African born artist, lives in the south-western part of Baden Württemberg, Germany.

In many ways the arts influenced and marked his life from a very early age. He attended a strong academic and sport-focused school – with no art classes at the time. Although he found this quite frustrating, the creative process, especially drawing, became a passion and a big interest in his teenage years – also following a long-running, weekly TV series called, Quest for Romanticism. This lead to Francois finding solace in drawing and even as a teenager he communicated his experiences and understanding of life in graphics and sculptures. “It was like finding meaning and my calling in life and … Like bringing order to chaos, soul wise”, he explains.

Today, Francois mostly paints in oil, but also acrylic; sculpts with ceramic and plasticine clay and plaster; casts in bronze or resin and draws in many different media. 

Even as a teenager he communicated his experiences and understanding of life in graphics and sculptures. François paints mostly in oil, but also acrylic, sculpts with ceramic and plasticine clay, plaster, etc, casts in bronze or resin, and draws in many different media.

Much of his earlier art influences come from the Romanticism and Symbolism movements. He says, “The Creator’s breath-taking sacred geometry and organic shapes/forms found in nature inspires me very much. I cannot deny that the Art Nouveau/Jugendstil period has also been an influential element in my work.”

He describes his animal-themed work as “Songs” and the human-themed artwork (e.g. his “Performers” series) as “Shouts”.

CV

1967

born in

Vryheid, South Africa

1986 – 1988

Studies: Interior design

Technikon in Pretoria (today the Tshwane University of Technology)

1989 – 1992

Studies: Teacher of arts

Durban Teachers College

Since 1993 till present

Teaching Art

At various schools, Art museums, and privately, in South Africa, UK, Germany and Switzerland.

1997 – 1999

Counselor and Tutor

Shekinah Care Centre
Drug- and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center
New Hannover, South Africa

1999 – 2002

Illustrator

Human & Rousseau
Oxford University Press
Vivlia Publishers
Book Binders and others

2002 – 2005

Teamleader
and Art Designer

Ingwe Editions Fine Art Foundry
Stellenbosch, South Africa

2006 – present

Teaching art and working from his art studio

Lörrach area (Germany),
near the Swiss and French border.

Exhibiting

Francois exhibits his artwork at various well-known galleries in South Africa including the Everard Read Gallery (Cape Town), Grande Provence Gallery (Franschhoek), Ebony Curated Gallery (Franschhoek) and the Cape Gallery (Cape Town) and also in Europe. He also takes on commission work in various art mediums, 2D and 3D, and can be contacted for info and/or commissions.

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