South African Artist, Jan de Rooster
Born in Antwerp, Belgium. In 1986 the De Rooster family immigrated to South Africa after he has spent most of his childhood in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Jan went back to his country of birth in 1975 to study art and was a full-time student at the St Lucas Hoger Institute Voor Beeldende Kunsten in Brussels, where he passed the three year course with distinction. With his outstanding talent and hunger to develop and grow his creativity, he also enrolled for a four-year course at the Stedelyke Academie Voor Schone Kunsten in Leeuven, Belgium, and also passed this course with distinction. During 1979 Jan held his first of nine solo exhibitions in Belgium, after his first exhibition at the early age of 18 in South Africa when he introduced his wildlife paintings to the public. Since then he had many more exhibitions in all the main centres of South Africa. His etchings are sold all over the world and form part of private collections in Belgium, Netherlands, France. Portugal, Peru, Australia, Namibia and South Africa.