Robyn Pretorius Art


b. 1986, HK.



Robyn Pretorius grew up in Belhar with her mother who recognised her artistic abilities at a very young age. She was enrolled into the Tygerberg Art Centre in her second grade as an extra mural program which she continued until the end of high school. She graduated the Art Centre with distinction in Graphic Art. Robyn, however, already started her life as a working artist before matriculating.

Robyn started as an illustrator at the age of 13 when she became the youngest cartoonist for the Sunday Times, S’camto Newspaper in 2001. The following year, she was guided into the fine arts industry by receiving the opportunity to showcase and sell her paintings at the Gilmore Art Gallery.

Motivated by her passion for the arts over the years, she created private commissioned paintings and freelanced as an illustrator for various companies. Her ability to paint hyper realistic paintings has also been exposed to the international market. She has showcased her urban inspired artwork in New York in 2014 at an exhibition titled, Detail: Contemporary South African Art. Robyn was one of 7 artists chosen to participate in a New York Trade Mission in association with the South African Government Trade and Industry.

Today, Robyn has grown tremendously as a local emerging artist and uses her art to uplift, storytelling and convey a narrative which is greatly inspired by her community and personal experiences.

Her most recent achievement was having a portrait art piece of Muhammad Ali on display at the FNB Joburg Art Fair, September 2017. The portrait was a commissioned by the South African Mint in celebration of the Kruger rand 50th anniversary. Her journey as an artist continues, creating paintings which aim to question our identity and how we occupy spaces.




‘As a photorealistic artist, I’m drawn to the fine detail of what I’m painting. I value visual clarity just as important as the concept. My artistic process is inspired by the person I’ve chosen to paint as a subject and aim to visually record their life onto canvas. I use a painting technique which is influenced by photorealism, romanticism and a touch contemporary. These influences help glorify the aesthetics of being human. My art work aims to show the connections between our environments and identities.’