Francois Viljoen......The South African born artist, now lives in the south west part of Baden Württemberg, Germany. In many ways arts influenced and marked his life from the start. He was in a only Academic+Sport school with no art classes, This was quite fustrating, but then the creative process, esp. drawing,  became a passion and big interest in his teenage years, following a long, weekly TV series called, "Quest for Romanticism". He then started to draw, more and more. "It was like finding my call in life and meaning... Like bringing order to chaos, soul-wise“, he explains. 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.
 
1967geboren in Vryheid, Südafrika
 
1986-1988 Studium Innenarchitektur Technikon in Pretoria
1989-1992 Studium Lehramt Kunst Durban Teachers College
 
seit1993Lehrtätigkeiten Westridge High School, Südafrika
Heritage Academy, Südafrika

Monarch Education, England
Select Education, England

Gymnasium Schönau, Deutschland
Gymnasium Schopfheim, Deutschland

FCS Liestal, Schweiz

 
1997-1999 Berater und Tutor Shekinah Care Centre
Drogen- und Alkohol- Rehabilitationszentrum
New Hannover, Südafrika
 
1999-2002 Illustrator Human & Rousseau
Oxford University Press
Vivlia Publishers
Book Binders und andere
 
2002-2005 Abteilungsleiter
und Kunstdesigner
Ingwe Editions Fine Art Foundry
ehemalige Bronze-Kunstgießerei
Stellenbosch, Südafrika
 
Francois Viljoen The inspiration for the The Bronze Bowl and Vessel collection, comes from a historical tradition through the ages, in many cultures, to fashion artistic vessels/bowls, using bronze. From e.g.. The "Singing Bowls"(Tibet, Japan, Nepal, etc.), the bronze bowls from the Ming dynasty, bowls/vessels from ancient Greece and Roman times to bronze bowls with Egyptian motives (found in 1849) in northern Iraq. My own Bronze Bowl/Vessel Collection features mostly "less familiar animals", each with its own little story and design (click on images).

The method he applies when producing bronze bowls and sculptures, is the "lost wax casting method". (about 3000 year old technique). This intensive technique and process, is done by highly skilled people. Earliest examples of bronze vessel/bowls art are objects found in southern Israel, and which belong to the Chalcolic period (about 4000 BC). Despite the existence of perhaps modern CAD and 3D printers, there is no other "hands-on" method today, with the same amazing results.

During his time in Stellenbosch, he and his colleagues completed contract works for Dylan Lewis and Anton Momberg, among others.

The Bronze Bowl and Vessel Collection was first exhibited in 2005 in Stellenbosch, South Africa, at the well known Dorpstraat Gallery, and also 2 pieces at the Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town, and others. The bronzes is limited to 15 Editions each and has the artist name and foundry stamp; and can be ordered from the artist.

Much of his earlier art influences comes from the Romanticism and Symbolism movements. He says "The organic forms from created Nature in, esp.. Art Nouveau/Jugendstil, always fascinated me".

A recent and new theme he started to work on/explore, is the global information age and its influence on common life and individual life today.