Les Artistes

 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in South Africa in 1955, he lives and works in Johannesburg.

A multidisciplinary artist, William Kentridge studied fine art before working in theater and television production in the 1970s and 1980s. He also makes collages, artist’s books, sculptures and stage designs for both theater and opera productions. He is most famous for his animated films that he creates by making a charcoal or pastel drawing, erasing part of the drawing and changing it, and then filming it again. His drawings and his films thus intertwine; representing different facets of one body of work. His drawings are characterized by their expressionist style and the influence of satirists like Honoré Daumier and Francisco de Goya. His art is also marked by social and political themes, and by life in South Africa during and after the Apartheid. Kentridge: “The activity of drawing is a way of trying to understand who we are and how we operate in the world.”