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About The Artist

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Born 11 September 1956

Academic Qualifications

  • 1974 Matriculated at Hopetown High School
  • 1979 National Diploma in Art and Design Technikon Pretoria
  • 1981 National Higher Diploma Cum Laude Technikon Pretoria

  • Currently Proposal for M Tech, TUT Pretoria

    Work experience and skills acquired

  • Institution Tshwane University of Technology
  • Position Head and full-time senior lecturer, Dept. of Fashion Design and Technology
  • Duration 1992 - present

  • From January 1990 to July 1991 he owned compony called André Cronjé Textiles that did Designing and printing of cloth for apparel and interiors Marketing of products

    Value added Academic

  • 1998 - present - Internal study leader to M Tech: Fashion candidates
  • 1992 - present - Member of Arts Faculty Board
  • 1998 - 2000 - Member of Arts Faculty Research Committee
  • 1995 - present External examiner: B Tech: Fashion, Vaal Triangle Technikon Internal moderator: Theory of Textiles II, Technikon Pretoria
  • 1992 - 1995 External examiner: Freda Design Studio

    Value added Fashion Design Discipline

  • 1992 - 2000 - Co-ordinate SERTEC (Certification Board of Technikons) Evaluations of department
  • 1993 - 2000 - Chairperson: Advisory Committee to department of Fashion Design and Technology
  • 2000 - 2002 - Advisory Committee member to department of Fashion Design and Technology
  • 1991 - present - Judge at numerous Fashion shows including North West Technikon, Joeline’s Fashion Academy, London International School of Fashion, Sunday Times

    Value added Departmental and Faculty initiatives

  • 1991 - 2003 - Design and co-ordinate execution and instalment of stall for department at SA Fashion Week. Plan, design and co-ordinate annual student fashion show ‘Dresscode 2003’ from initial concept to final presentation Plan and co-ordinate student exhibitions and departmental displays Co-ordinate national and international student fashion design competitions
  • 2000 - Member of Arts Faculty’s Y-Arts Carnival Committee
  • 1999 - Responsible for concept and photography of The Art Show ‘99 invitations and opening night decor
  • 1996 - Responsible for the planning and co-ordination of relocation of department to new premises. Responsible for the interior design of new premises.

    Value added Conferences attended

  • 1995 - ‘Second International Conference of Professional Design Educationalists on Design Education and Small Business Development’, Peninsula Technikon, Cape Town
  • 1993 - ‘Access to Design Education’, Technikon OFS, Bloemfontein

    Value added Seminars attended

  • 2000 - Essay Writing / Research Methodology, Dr Gerald Steyn, Technikon Pretoria
  • 1999 - Research Methodology, Retha van Niekerk, Technikon Pretoria
  • 1998 - How to motivate yourself and others, Kaycee Hale of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles, California, USA, presented at Technikon Pretoria.

    Value added Courses attended

  • 2001 - Leadership Development Programme for Heads of Departments, Technikon Pretoria Photo-Paint computer programme on CorelDRAW.
  • 2000 - Management course by Britz Management Consultants, Technikon Pretoria.
  • 1996 - Lectra System Training course in theory and practice of Modaris 2, Diamino 2, Vigiprint 2.
  • 1991 - Training programmes for new lecturers, Technikon Pretoria.

    Value added International Trade Fairs attended

  • 2000 - Pret-a-Porter International womens’ wear, Paris, France. SEHM International Mens’ and boys’ wear, Paris, France. Who’s Next - Young Designer Wear, Paris, France.
  • 1995 - Pret-a-Porter International womens’ wear, Paris, France. SEIM International Mens’ and boys’ wear, Paris, France. Uomomoda, Cologne, Germany. Herren Mode Woche, Colgne, Germany. Interjeans, Cologne, Germany. Collections Premiers, Dusseldorf, Germany.
  • 1993 - Fashion and Fabrics - International textile and clothing and supporting industries, Gaborone, Botswana.
  • 1989 - Pret-a-Porter International Womens’ wear, Paris, France. SEHM International Mens’ and boys’ wear, Paris, France. Premier Vision International Textile trade show, Paris, France.

    Value added International Fashion Schools visited

  • 2001 - Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK London College of Fashion, London, UK Royal College of Art and Design, London, UK ESMOD, Paris, France
  • 2000 - ESMOD, Paris, France
  • 1995 - Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK London College of Fashion, London, UK ESMOD, Paris, France

    Value added International Fashion Forecasting companies visited

  • 2000 - Studio Li Edelkoord, Paris, France
  • 1995 - Design Intelligence International Ltd, London, UK International Colour Authority, London, UK Promostyl Fashion Institute, Paris, France


  • 1998 - Design interior of consulting room, Jacaranda Hospital
  • 1995 - Design and execute backdrops for Siemens’ annual end of year function
  • 1990 - Design costumes and set for the P.A.C.T. dance company’s production of ‘Patlelo’ Design and print cloths for Freda Design studio
  • 1986 Design and execute decor and poster for the play ‘Smoking Is Bad For You’, Arts Festival, Grahamstown
  • 1985 Design and print cloth for the fashion design department, Technikon Pretoria
  • 1984 Design and execute decor for the play ‘The Public Eye’, Arts Festival, Grahamstown Print and paint costumes for the South African Airways’ 50th anniversary celebrations


  • 2001 Exhibition of South African artists, Helsinki, Finland Exhibition of South Africa Art Alive, Waterkloof House Preparatory School, Pretoria
  • 2000 Exhibition of paintings and drawings, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France ‘The Last Show’, exhibition of photographs and printed cloth, the Pink House, Pretoria
  • 1999 Photographic Exhibition, the Pink House, Pretoria
  • 1998 Photographic Exhibition, Pretoria Art Museum
  • 1996 Group Exhibition, Centurion Art Gallery
  • 1995 Joint show with A. van Heerden, East Gallery, Pretoria Art Museum
  • 1990 - 1993 Group Exhibitions, Momentum Art Exhibition, Pretoria Art Museum and ‘Miniatures’ show, Beuser Scholimovski Gallery, Arcadia Centre, Pretoria
  • 1990 One-man show of printed cloth and clothing in the Passetti Building, Pretoria West Talk and slide show ‘Paris at the end of the Eighties’ in the Art Museum, Pretoria
  • 1989 Exhibition of printed cloth and clothing in Paris, France
  • 1987 One man show ‘Cloth/Clothing’, Ivan Solomon Gallery, Technikon Pretoria One man show ‘Coth/Clothing’, Potchefstroom Museum Group Exhibition, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France Retrospective Lecturers Exhibition, Art Museum, Pretoria
  • 1982 - 1986 Numerous group exhibitions
  • 1981 Republic Festival Exhibition, Durban New Signatures Exhibition, SA Arts Association One-man exhibition, SA Arts Association


  • 1999 Rector’s Award, Technikon Pretoria
  • 1987 Cotton Board Designer of the Year Award
  • 1981 Merit Award, new signatures Exhibition, SA Arts Association
  • 1979 Schweikerdts Best Student Award, Technikon Pretoria

    Television Interviews

  • 2001 ‘Fashion Schools of the World’, Peak Viewing
  • 1998 ‘Ontbyt in Europa’, Goeie Môre Suid-Afrika, SATV
  • 1987 ‘Ontwerper van die Jaar’, Potpouri, SATV
  • 1987 ‘Cloth/Clothing Uitstalling’, Potpouri, SATV

    Radio Interviews

  • 1987 ‘Ontwerper van die Jaar’, Radio Jakaranda

    Articles in Magazines

  • 1996 Friedman, H. 1996 ‘Pretoria’s Big Moment’, Cosmopolitan Fashion, Winter 1996, Vol. 6, No. 3
  • 1988 Anonymous, 1988 ‘La Peinture Sub-Africaine à Paris, Panorama, September
  • 1987 Anonymous, 1987 ‘André Cronjé Designer of the Year’ Technikon Forum, Nov. Vol.3, no. 3

    Articles in Newspapers

  • 1997 Stevens, M. 1997 ‘Unusual Show Creates Strong Awareness of Mind Behind Exhibition’, Pretoria News, 25 March
  • 1990 Anonymous, 1990 ‘André Se Materiaal is Anders, Modieus’, Beeld, 17 Oktober Green, R. 1990 ‘André dresses Patlelo in flea market fun’, Pretoria News, 5 April
  • 1987 Anonymous 1987, ‘SA se Ontwerper van die Jaar Hier!’, Herald, 18 September Heppell, M, 1987 ‘Tekstiele by die museum te sien’, Herald, 15 September Anonymous 1987 ‘Pretorianer wen: Ontwerper van die Jaar’, Die Vaderland, 20 Julie De Beer, D. 1987 ‘Clothes on Parade’, Pretoria News, 9 July
  • 1981 Van Graan, R. 1981, ‘’n Knap Ontginning van die Driehoek’, Die Beeld, 24 Julie Nowosenetz, N. 1981, ‘André A Star Pupil’, Pretoria News, 24 July
  • 1978 Nowosenetz, N. 1978 ‘Cate students put together a lively show’, Pretoria News, 9 November

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