Posts Tagged ‘South African art’

Aleta Michaletos a South African artist and the South African Women’s Closed Chess Championship’s trophy is also her artwork!! I wanted to say more about her..but… WOW!!, there is far too much to say and you have to read here to see why I say WOW!! again!! I hope you enjoy her art like I enjoyed it! You can clearly see from her art that she has travelled the world and there are private and selected art collections of her in different countries. You will find on the link very interesting and extensive reading about her and her art if  you click on the CV-link in the left corner of the link-page!



Click HERE to see more of her art work!

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These stamps were brought out to commemorate certain events…or people/animals …the first one is our well-known artist…one of many… J H Pierneef
then the insects…part of our world!
Rock-painting…beautiful art!
Wolraad Woltemade…a very brave person who gave his life to save people from a wrecked ship…he went into the sea…7 times and lost his own life…!
Follow link here…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolraad_Woltemade
and then, our famous poet/writer…Langenhoven! A very clever and wise man…he also wrote the words of our National Anthem…”Die Stem van SuidAfrika!”
(the old one which have some stanzas incorporated in the “new” one)
Click on each stamp and it will open up as a larger image

More Stamps…..at the bottom….

1. “Volkspele“, which is a traditional dance
2. The British Settlers of 1820
3. To save water…that was in 1970 as the date tells you on the stamp
4. Physical Education…it was also in the late 1970’s

More stamps here on these two sites:


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Tretchikoff is a South African artist, born in Russia, spent some of his childhood years in China and lived in Cape Town. He died in August 2006 in Cape Town.
I can remember, I was 11 years old and we were told by our teacher to prepare a speech about any artist. The first and best artist’s information I found – was in a household magazine, called Huisgenoot , was about Tretchikoff! I can remember I said a lot about him and there were pictures of women he painted…naked! … and a couple of flowery-ones in the magazine. Of course I didn’t show all those pictures in class to the children, but the teacher did look at it.

Report from the BBC:

It’s one of the most popular prints ever made and yet many art critics dismiss it as rubbish. The death of its creator Vladimir Tretchikoff has again cast the spotlight on the mysterious Green Lady. She looks unsmiling down and to her left. She has luxuriant black hair. Dressed in an exotic gold-collared robe, her hands are folded out of sight. So far, so unremarkable, except for her skin, a strange blue-green.In the 1960s and 70s, Chinese Girl – to give the 1950 portrait its proper title – graced many a living room wall across the globe.The Russian-born South African artist Tretchikoff toured the world on the back of his painting’s popularity. He generated controversy in interviews, exhibited his work in department stores and became one of the first artists to target the “ordinary” public as the true audience for his work.
BBC report:
Read the entire report
HERE on the BBC’s news site….

On THIS LINK you can read the South African Broadcasting Company’s report about his death…there’s also a video report which you can watch with his granddaughter too speaking.
Vladimir Tretchikoff dies aged 92
August 26, 2006, 13:15
Vladimir Tretchikoff (92), a world renowned artist, has died at a frail care centre in Cape Town. Tretchikoff was a self-taught artist.
He and his family fled the Russian Revolution in 1917, moving to Manchuria, Shanghai and Singapore, before eventually settling in South Africa in 1941. He is viewed by many as one of South Africa’s greatest artists. His most famous piece was the portrait titled Chinese Girl. Tretchikoff painted ultra-realistic portraits – many of women. His other subject matter included animals and flowers. He worked with oil and water paints, as well as in charcoal and other media

“Miss Wong”

Read HERE more about Tretchikoff on Wikipedia.
Weeping Rose
“Horse race” by Tretchikoff

Balinese Girl

Wild Horses Image: shop.vladimirtretchikoff.com

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Please click HERE to visit the South African site about butterflies. The link will open in a new window. There’s also a link to beautiful art! 

Image: http://www.butterflyutopia

Image: ukbutterflies

Click on the link for more! The link will open in a new window.


blue butterfly morpho

 Blue Morpho

monarch butterfly

Monarch butterfly


Image: http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/North_America/United_States/photo455605.htm/r

Image: butterflyutopia


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Africa is a continent – not a country. The true size of Africa.

Edit August 2019 – many of the previous links to different cultures are now dead links and I had to spruce up this entry of more than 10 years ago!

On this next link, you will find the following ethnic groups: Ndebele, Pedi, San, Shangaan, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu. This link is a great link as there are pictures and a substantial amount of information. Use the drop-down menu to the left of the page.


The Zulu people.

The Zulu are the largest ethnic group in South Africa. They are well known for their beautiful brightly coloured beads and baskets as well as other small carvings.

The Zulu believe that they are descendants from a chief from the Congo area, and in the 16th century migrated south picking up many of the traditions and customs of the San who also inhabited this South African area. During the 17th and 18th centuries many of the most powerful chiefs made treaties and gave control of the Zulu villages to the British. This caused much conflict because the Zulu had strong patriarchal village government systems so they fought against the British but couldn’t win because of the small strength they possessed. Finally, after much of the Zulu area had been given to the British the Zulu people decided as a whole that they didn’t want to be under British rule and in 1879 war erupted between the British and the Zulu. Though the Zulu succeeded at first they were in 6 months conquered by the British who exiled the Zulu Kings and divided up the Zulu kingdom. In 1906 another Zulu uprising was lead and the Zulu continue to try to gain back what they consider to be their ancient kingdom.

The Zulu believe in a creator god known as Nkulunkulu, but this god does not interact with humans and has no interest in everyday life. Therefore, most Zulus interact on a day to day level with the spirits. In order to interact with the spirits the Zulu must use divination to interact with the ancestors. All misfortune is a result of a evil sorcery or offended spirits, nothing just happens because of natural causes.

The Zulu are practically divided in half with about 50% living in cities and engaging in domestic work and another 50% working on farms.  


On this link HERE you can read about African tribes/groups and their culture and festivals/art/language/wildlife/etc. The link will open in a new window.

Nét Khoisan uniek
24/04/2008 08:03:28 PM – (SA)

DIE Khoisan het aan moederskant (mDNS) die oudste oorlewende takke van die menslike stamboom in hul genetiese samestelling behou.

Dit blyk ook dat die Khoisan tussen 90 000 en 150 000 jaar gelede van die res van die wêreld se bevolking geskei en oor ’n tydperk van duisende jare na Suidelike Afrika gemigreer het – in ’n enkele lang reis. Hulle het tot 40 000 jaar gelede hier in genetiese isolasie geleef.

Dié internasionale, omvattendste opname tot nou toe rakende Afrika se mitochondriese DNS (mDNS word net van ’n ma na al haar kinders oorgedra) is gisteraand deur die Genografiese Projek bekend gemaak.

Die span navorsers het oor die wêreld heen gereis om die mDNS van 624 mense van inheemse bevolkings te versamel om insig te kry oor die vroeë demografiese geskiedenis van die eerste moderne mense. Daar is gevind dié vroeë groepe van Homo sapiens was klein en geïsoleerd van mekaar.


Ndebele women…image: Kruger2Canyon

Ndebele woman…image: Kruger2Canyon

A traditional Nama Hut..Image: stripedmouse.com/site1_4_1.htm

Nama woman…Image: stripedmouse.com/site1_4_1.htm

Read more here: http://www.stripedmouse.com/site1_4_1.htm


Zulu men demonstrating fighting


Zulu bead workers

Zulu woman busy weaving

Zulu woman busy weaving

Zulu hut

Zulu hut


Inside the Zulu hut


Zulu woman in traditional clothes

Last 6 images can be found here: http://www.fiveupfront.com/fuf/pictures/2006africa/2006africa.php

Looking for FOLKLOREfollow the link for Xhosa Folklore. The link will open in a new window.

Patterns and colours used to paint houses/homes

Beautiful art

Basotho Cultural Village [google-image]

Ndebele houses

Zulu warriors – image:history of South Africa


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