Ryno Swart continued to write, teach and paint to the very end
Internationally acclaimed painter Ryno Swart, one of the foremost figurative artists of the second half of the 20th century, has died from COVID-19 at the age of 76. This was confirmed by the Swart family on 19 August 2021.
After studying a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art at the University of Stellenbosch, Swart relocated to Johannesburg where he worked as an art educator, visualiser, scriptwriter and film storyboarder in the 1970s before moving to Paris where he was inspired to commit to a career as a fine artist. He then returned to South Africa in 1980 when he had his first solo exhibition at the Everard Read Gallery.
By the end of the 1980s, Swart’s career followed an international trajectory that saw him exhibiting in France and across Europe where he spent part of each year painting, often leading groups of South African artists on workshops.