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Breytenbach, Breyten  

South African, 20th century, male.

Painter, writer.

Breytenbach was an anti-apartheid militant and was imprisoned for seven years in Pollsmoor near the Cape. Since he was not allowed to paint, he wrote novels and drew secretly with matches and soap. His painting, both before and after his imprisonment, shows remarkable continuity, as though he had simply taken up the brush again with increased violence and greater irony. His use of colour makes the images more incisive in a Surrealist style....

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Hannaoui, Abdelmajid  

Moroccan, 20th century, male.

Born 25 February 1951, in Casablanca; died 15 June 2006, in Casablanca.

Painter, engraver, art critic.

Abdelmajid Hannaoui studied economic science at the University of Casablanca. He painted bold figurative motifs in gouache in an expressionist style. He also produced large-scale works including a fresco of 5 metres by 2 metres for the 1er Salon de la Jeune Peinture Marocaine in Mohammedia in ...

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Malangatana, Valente Ngwenya  

Mozambican, 20th century, male.

Born 6 June 1936, in Matalana.

Painter, draughtsman, engraver, potter, sculptor, poet. Murals.

Valente Ngwenya Malangatana is a major figure in 20th century Mozambican culture. He was initiated into traditional healing practices when he was a young man, beginning to draw in ...

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Schönfeldt, Joachim Paulus  

South African, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 5 February 1958, in Pretoria.

Printmaker, sculptor, watercolourist, curator.

Joachim Schönfeldt spent his childhood in Windhoek, Namibia, and graduated with a fine arts degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, in 1980. He began his career as a researcher into old African art and curios and spent time during the 1980s as a curator of the Meneghelli Holdings. His work in the field of African curios was seminal to the development of his art, which explores the idea of casting mythical realities on African value systems, involving found objects, multiple-headed animals, and peri-urban local landscapes drawn from photographs of his childhood holidays....

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Younan, Ramsès  

Egyptian, 20th century, male.

Born 1913, in Minieh; died 25 December 1966, in Cairo.

Painter, art critic.

Art and Freedom Group.

Ramsés Younan was a student at the school of fine arts in Cairo from 1929 to 1933. In 1938, he published a critical review of the purist Cubist movement of Ozenfant and Jeanneret, ...