Art@Site Lionel Smit Assemble Hermanus

Lionel Smit



A bust created by Cape Town artist Lionel Smit and is entitled ‘Assemble’.
Sculpture on the Cliffs is one of the highlights of the Fynarts Festival in Hermanus, South Africa. Other artists this year include Strijdom van der Merwe, Guy du Toit, Wilma Cruise and Jaco Sieberhagen.
Lionel Smit, a South African artist, and sculptor are renowned not only for his large canvases and sculptures but also for his silkscreen, video, and public installations. Though born in Pretoria, he currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.
The art bug bit Smit during his childhood itself through his father Anton Smit, who was a sculptor and had his own studio near to his home. As a child, Smit spent his childhood in his studio. When Smit was 12, he was already adept at sculpting with clay. Sculpting was what he enjoyed immensely.
However, when Smit attained the age of 16, his parents separated. He went on to study art at Pro Arte School of Arts in Pret. This is when his interest in painting awakened. He used his father’s empty studio for his painting work.
Smit is one of the unique artists who blend painting with sculpture. His portraits and sculpted busts are exhibited in prestigious galleries, art fairs, and public spaces and appreciated all around the globe. Smit has received many awards and honors. While in his school in 1999, he received the best painting student award.
In 2000, he received the first prize in the MTN Art Colors Awards of Gauteng and a few more. His most recent ones are the Ministerial Award from the Department of Culture for Visual Art, Western Cape Government, and Visitor’s Choice Award, BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK, He received both in 2013.
Listed below are major African artists who have impacted the world of sculpture... many are still practicing today having had long, celebrated and illustrious careers. Edoardo Villa, SA (1915-2011)
Ben Enw, Nigeria, (1917 - 1994)
Stella Shawzin, SA (1920 - 2020)
Ibrahim El Salahi, Sudan b 1930
Sydney Kumalo, SA (1935 - 1988)
Francis Nnnggenda, Uganda, b 1936
Arthur Azvedo, Zimbabwe b 1935
Ousmane Sow, Senegal (1935 - 2016)
Percy Konqobe, SA b 1939
Sunday Jack Akpan, Nigeria b 1940
El Anatsui, Ghana b 1944
Elkana Ongesa, Kenya b 1944
Wilma Cruise, SA b 1945
Norman Catherine, SA b 1949
Anton Momberg, b 1951
Anton Smit, SA b 1954
William Kentridge, SA b 1955
Willie Bester, SA b 1956
Tapfuma Gutsa, Zimbabwe b 1956
Deborah Bell, SA b 1957
Sokhari Douglas Camp, Nigeria b 1958
Guy Pierre du Toit, Sa b 1958
Speelman Makose Mahlangu, SA (1958 - 2004)
Olu Amoda, Nigeria b 1959
Brett Murray, SA b 1961
Jems Koko Bi, Cote D'Ivoire b 1966
Adeola Balogun, Nigeria b 1966
Angus Taylor, SA b 1970
Marco Ciafenelli, SA b 1970
Wangechi Mutu, Kenya b 1972
Claudette Schreuders, SA b 1973
Sanell Aggenbach, SA b 1975
Peju Alatise, Nigeria b 1975
Michelle Mathison, SA/Zimbabwe b 1977
Niyi Olagunju, Nigeria b 1981
Dylan Lewis, SA b 1982
Mary Sibande, SA b 1982
Lionel Smit, SA b 1982
Nandipha Mntambo, Swaziland b 1982