William Kentridge was born in 1955 in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he still lives and works. He graduated with a degree in Fine Art from the Johannesburg Art Foundation. He also studied mime and theatre in Paris and originally wanted to become an actor.
He has become one of the most sought after and renowned artists in South Africa and has exhibited in leading museums in the world such as the Louvre in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New-York, and has taken part in major festivals such as Documenta and the Venice Biennial.
Political and sociological aspects of the apartheid era have frequently had an impact on the narratives contained in his work, and his interest in theatre also informs the dramatic and narrative character of his art. His drawings, prints and animations are often in black and white and his animated works are made by capturing the evolution of charcoal drawings. Each alteration, erasure or addition is captured in the process. Kentridge also creates tapestries, sculptures and even directs and stages opera, for instance Mozart’s die Zauberflote.
Mbinda Cemetery, 1995, charcoal & gauche
source: THE AFRICA CHANNEL