van Nazareth Herman

Bron in 1936 in Evergem, Belgium, Nazareth is renowned as both a painter and sculptor, dividing his time between Belgium and South Africa. In 1961, Van Nazareth enrolled at the Royal Academy in Ghent, Belgium followed by a year at the Royal Academy at Antwerp. He also worked as an apprentice in the studio of painter Floris Jespers. Van Nazareth came to South Africa in 1965 and studied at the Michaelis School of Art in Cape Town, focusing mostly on sculpture. His work contains influences of early Flemish expressionism and expressionist painting, evoking the work of Francis Bacon. Because of his aversion to the abuse of power and any kind of inhumanity, combined with his strong stance against supremacy and power mongers, Van Nazareth was one of the very first to be called a protest or satirical artist in South Africa in the late 1960s.