The Christo Coetzee Gallery in Tulbagh, South Africa, houses classic works
from the avant garde artist Christo Coetzee – a man who turned the history
of South African creative thought and practice upside down.
His revolutionary art cut through the surface and superficiality of mainstream art by showing the heart and guts of post-war life. Coetzee won fame at an early age when he became a leading art philosopher not only in Europe, but as far afield as Japan.
This he did by bringing to the canvas life beyond the depths of a microscope or the furthest reaches of the universe as seen through a telescope, thereby providing his viewers with a scale of balance with which to measure themselves in relation to the universe.
From the most majestic pieces in museums and private collections to seemingly random scratches on found objects, his art is about life rather than pretentions. Whether you are a rugby player, a farmer or a surgeon, Christo Coetzee empowers you to look with new eyes at your life.
If the role of the artist is to provide his audience with a fresh perspective on everyday challenges, Christo Coetzee reigns supreme. His work still resonates with the multiple challenges of contemporary living, and an investment in one of his artworks will ultimately be an investment in life.
Please feel free to look around. Better still, book a personal tour through the gallery to experience the full impact of this extraordinary artist.