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Helena Fourie was born on January 23, 1965 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She obtained a BA Degree in Visual Arts at the University of Pretoria in 1987 majoring in painting. Since 1994 she has been working as a professional artist. Her early work is characterized by realism and a specialty in portrait painting.

Inspired by her absolute passion for nature she has been devoting herself to the painting of wildlife, redefining this genre, and applying it in an individual and idiosyncratic style.

Fourie painted extensively for clients throughout South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and the United States of America. She was commissioned to paint a mural and several paintings for the official residence of the State President in Pretoria. Her work includes many commissions for murals and tromp-loei'l in Safari lodges, guesthouses, casinos and restaurants throughout South Africa and Zimbabwe. In 2006 she designed the CD cover for singer Karin Hougaard's "Heart Issues". Fourie partakes in group exhibitions and held her first solo exhibition in September 2000, titled African Bestiary, at the Tina Skukan Gallery in Pretoria. In January 2001, one of her paintings was auctioned at the annual Hunters Convention in Houston Texas, for nature conservation.

Fourie works in a variety of media, including oil, color pencil, and mix media. Her work is a journey of hidden discoveries; this is wildlife art with a difference.

Artist CV

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  • 1987: Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Pretoria

    Work Experience:

  • 2001: Guest Lecturer from October to December at Crawford College Pretoria
  • 1998: Performance art member of Fopspeen Live Arts
  • 1994: Partook in 'Garden of earthly Delights' Art performance by Performance Art Group - TOM Geselskap
  • 1990-1993: Cabin Attendant, South African Airways
  • 1990: Freelance artist, Peter Vaughan Film Company
  • 1989: Performance at Klein Karoo Art Festival: 'Trane'- written by Piet Grobler and directed by Diek Grobler
  • 1989: Performance at Klein Karoo Art Festival: 'Sewe Dae In Babel' written and directed by Diek Grobler
  • 1988-1989:   Head of art department, André Engelbrecht Architects

    Selected Exhibitions:

  • 2013: Solo Exhibition at Uijlenbroek and Partners, Joure, The Netherlands
  • 2012: Group Exhibition, 'Art Super' at Witte Kerk, Hemrik, The Netherlands
  • 2011: Group Exhibition, ’Klein Maar Fijn' at Landgoed Zofier, The Netherlands
  • 2011: Group Exhibition at La Lanka Beeldetuin en Galerie, The Netherlands
  • 2010: Group Exhibition at La Lanka Beeldentuin en Galerie, The Netherlands
  • 2009: Solo Exhibition, 'Lief Beest’, Zuid Afrika Huis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2009: Group Exhibition, ‘Tineke De Nooij Presents: Van Veraf En Dichtbij’ with Helena Fourie, Henk Ijkelenstam and Ron De Nooij at Palm Court Galleries, Baarn, The Netherlands
  • 2008: Group Exhibition, Art En Zo, Beetsterzwaag, The Netherlands
  • 2006: Group Exhibition, Natural Living Gallery, Clydesdale, Pretoria SA
  • 2005: Group Exhibition, Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria SA
  • 2004: Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa, 'Bush Telegraph'
  • 2003: Group Exhibitions, Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria SA
  • 2003: Painting for Santa Maria exhibition and show by Nataniël
  • 2003: Solo exhibition at Black Mamba Gallery
  • 2002: Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa, 'Between Scylla and Charybdis'
  • 2001: Solo Exhibition at the Black Mamba Art Gallery SA
  • 2001: Painting auctioned for nature conservation at the 2001 HSC Convention in Houston Texas
  • 2001: MG Design Box, Pretoria, South Africa,'B O S'
  • 2000: Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa, 'African Bestiary'


  • 2010: Commissioned portrait of Vivian Boelen, The Netherlands
  • 2006: CD cover design for Karin Hougaard, 'Hartstukke'
  • 2001: Book illustration for Mongwawane Private Game Reserve
  • 1999: Mural and three paintings for The Presidential Residence, Pretoria SA
  • 1994-2000: Commissioned for murals and paintings at Safari Lodges, Guest Houses, Restaurants
  • 1994: Mural for Sandton Oncology Centre SA
  • 1994: Portrait Painting for private clients

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