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Sunday, October 20, 2013


(Andre's wife. Trish Botha with his work. Courtesy of The Berea Mail)

Andre Botha, a South African artist and world class athlete, has already put South Africa on the map as a two time world body boarding champion and recently had his first art show in Durban.

To the world, to the waves, to the funny farm? Durban’s famous Andre Botha opened his premier art exhibition simply entitled Andre Botha’s Funny Farm. It comprised his most recent thought provoking works on canvas as well as his latest film projects, taking viewers through a recent surf trip across South Africa.

Andre was born in Cape Town and raised in Durban since the age of four. His passion for the ocean came quick and at the young age of 15 he packed his bags and travelled to the paramount location for waves in the world, Hawaii’s North Shore. There he etched a name out for himself in the professional body-boarding world. This began his life of travelling around the world for the best surf locations and in no time at all he became the youngest body-boarding world champion.

Along Andre’s many years of world travel, he discovered art. A simple sketchpad was purchased and from that moment on there was no looking back. He spent his surf trips scoring massive waves while racking up a hefty collection of his own original art. While traveling Andre he carried sketchpads and filled endless pages with detailed and deep drawings.

Interestingly enough, many of his canvases were purchased more than ten years ago and have only been completed recently.  Each canvas is literally littered with layers, like an onion to enhance the style. If someone asked him to explain his art he would reply by saying, “My art is the unexplained.” In recent surf trips to the West Coast of South Africa he spent off time searching the desert terrain for skulls. He discovered the power behind the simple beauties of nature and found clever ways of incorporating them into his works.

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