About The Artist
Born in Bethal in 1944, Danie de Wet obtained the following qualifications at the Pretoria Technikon*: National Diploma in Higher Art Education (1966) and a National Higher Diploma in Painting (1985). In 1973 he also studied at the University if Newcastle-upon-Tyne and at the Akademie der Bildende Künste, München. In 1993 he obtained a B.A. (Fine Arts) in painting at UNISA.
Among others, Danie has taught and lectured at the following institutions: Pretoria College for Advanced Technical Education (1967 – 1969) and the Pro Arte School (1969 – 1972). He has been lecturing at the Pretoria Technikon* since 1980, having held the following positions: Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Painting and Drawing. He is currently also the Head of Foundation Studies in the Department of Fine and Applied Arts.
He frequently acted as moderator at other institutions, such as at the Vaal Triangle Technikon and the University of Pretoria. He is also frequently invited to adjudicate at various art competitions, such as the Sasol New Signatures and the Absa Atelier competitions.
Danie de Wet has held two solo exhibitions and has participated in numerous national and international group exhibitions. In addition to private collections, he also has work in the Absa and Sasol collections.
His Life Odyssey series highlights certain glimpses of a perceived journey through life.
* Currently known as the Tshwane University of Technology
University Entrance Matriculation Certificate (First Class).
Obtained: 1962 at Hoogenhout Hoërskool,
National Diploma in Commercial Art. Obtained: 1965 at the Pretoria Technical College
National Art Education Diploma. Obtained: 1966 at the Pretoria Technical College.
National Higher Diploma (Painting). Obtained: 1985 at the Pretoria Technikon.
BA (Fine Arts) (Painting). Obtained: 1993 at the University of South Africa.
Lecturer: Pretoria College for Advanced Technical Education.
Taught, on a part-time basis, basic art subjects to Std 9 and 10: Jan 1967 - Dec 1969.
Teacher: Pretoria School For Art, Music and Ballet (at present called Pro Arte"):
Taught drawing, painting and design to Stds 6 - 10 on a full-time basis: 1969 - Oct 1972.
Student: University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne:Studied painting up to May 1973.
Student: Akademie der Bildende Kunste: May - Oct 1973.
Travelled around Europe and Greece from Oct 1973 to 31 Jan 1974.
Did children's book illustrations in Welkom up to Dec 1975 (no illustrations were published).
Taught at a private art school: Art Studios Pretoria (ASP) for the first months of 1976.
Worked with Leo Theron in his studio during 1975/76.
Also during this period commenced part-time teaching at the Pretoria Technikon, holding a temporary post.
Lecturer: 1980: Appointed in a permanent capacity to a lecturer's post at the Pretoria Technikon.
April 1989: Appointed as a senior lecturer (Painting) at the Pretoria Technikon.
1994: Appointed Administrator of Foundation Studies. Responsible for all selection and administration of marks and promotions.
1975: SA Association of Arts, Pretoria
1977: SA Association of Arts, Pretoria (Prestige Opening Exhibition of new gallery, Volkskas Building, Pretoria)
1977: The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Exhibition of ex-Pretoria Technikon students, Pretoria
1978: SA Association of Arts (World in Conflict exhibition)
1978: Lichtenburg Art Gallery
1978: SA Association of Arts (Three-Man Show, with Walter Koch and Carl Jeppe)
1978: Sao Paulo Olympiada, Sao Paulo Bienalle, Sao Paulo
1980: SA Association of Arts, Pietersburg
1980: SA Association of Arts, Pretoria (Collectors’ Exhibition)
1981: Republic Festival Exhibition, Durban Harbour Gallery
1981: SA Association of Arts, Pretoria
1981: Feeskuns under the auspices of the SA Association of Arts, Sponsored by McCarthy Motors, Pretoria
1982: Ideal Homes Collectors’ Show, Lone Hill
1982: Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit Gallery, Johannesburg
1985: FAMSA Exhibition, Pretoria
1985: SA Association of Arts, Pretoria
1985 Ateljé Cabo, Gordon’s Bay (Summer Exhibition)
1985: Contemporary Exhibition, Pretoria North
1986: Pietersburg Centenary Show under the auspices of the SA Association of Arts
1986: Waterkloof House Preparatory School, Ruddle Theatre (Art Alive Show)
1987: University of South Africa Gallery
1988: (Sep - Nov) Patag Art Exhibition (Hahn & Hahn), Pretoria Under the auspices of the SA Association of Arts)
1988: SASOL Collection Exhibition, Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit, Johannesburg
1990: Grahamstown Festival
1990: Thaba Monate Show under the auspices of the SA Association of Arts
1990: Ivan Solomon Gallery, Technikon Pretoria (Lecturers’Exhibition)
1991: SA Association of Arts, Pretoria (‘Celebrations’)
1992: Pretoria Art Museum (‘Pretoriase Skilders en Beeldhouers 1963 – 1993’)
1993: University of South Africa Gallery (Examination Exhibition)
1994: Waterkloof House Preparatory School, Ruddle Theatre (Art Alive Show)
1994: Pretoria Art Museum (Lecturers’ Show)
1995: Waterkloof House Preparatory School, Ruddle Theatre (Art Alive Show)
1995: (February) Pretoria Technikon Lecturers’ Show,Pretoria
1995: We the Peoples United for the global Environment, Pretoria
1996: (June) South African Association of Arts, Pretoria
1996: Pretoria Art Museum (‘Space to Breathe’ Exhibition)
1997: Waterkloof House Preparatory School, Ruddle Theatre,(Art Alive Show)
1997: SA Association of Arts (50TH Birthday Celebration – Artists of 50 Years of Age and Older)
1997: Africus Biennale, Johannesburg
1997: Diocesan School for Girls, Pretoria
1998 – 2003: Exhibited each year on the Technikon Staff Exhibition
2003: Lecturers’ Exhibition, Old Arts Building, University of Pretoria and the Aldebran Studio, Cullinan
2004, 2005 AND 2006: Produced and sold artworks to private collectors
1983: Ivan Solomon Gallery, Technikon Pretoria
1985: SA Association of Arts, Pretoria
2012: SA Association of Arts, Pretoria
Listed in Grania Ogilvie’s publication: The Dictionary of South African Painters and Sculptors - Including Namibia, Everard Read, 1988 (CTP Book Printers, Cape)
1992: Adjudicator of the New Signatures Exhibition of the SA Association of Arts
2000 AND 2001: Sammy Marks Art Competition
2003: SASOL School Arts Competition, Sasolburg
2005 AND 2006: Adjudicator: Centurion Association of Arts competitions.
Moderating, examining and opening of exhibitions
1985 – 2003: Vaal Triangle Technikon (Van der Bijlpark and Kempton Park campuses)
2006: Opened the ‘Old School’ Exhibition of five ex-students at the S.A. Association of Arts.