South African Art

© Sandra Klopper
Fine art is like a fine wine: it should be savoured in small sips and lingered over.

The art of South Africa is as diverse and colourful as its many peoples and tribes. Through music, paintings, literature, dance, tribal clothes and artifacts we express our history, we tell stories of our past for our children and we create things of beauty to celebrate our roots.

SouthAfrica.co.za celebrates our nation’s creative talents through visual illustrations and text written by historians and specialists in their field. With the proper knowledge, we are better able to understand and respect our art, and appreciate each other’s artistic heritage.

Art of South Africa's Rural Communities

It was only in the second half of the nineteenth century that public collections of African art began to be amassed in response to the emergence of Anthropology as a discipline....more

South African Beadwork Traditions, Past and Present

It is commonly assumed that African beadwork traditions emerged through trans-continental trade relations that led to the importation of glass beads to West Africa as early as the 4th century AD....more

South African Music

Music was the sound of resistance during the apartheid years that produced anti-apartheid songs, further elucidating the plight of South Africans....more