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South African Art History: George Pemba by Lillian Gray


George Pemba is an artist who defeated the stereotype that black people could not become professional painters during the Apartheid regime in South Africa. Pemba is often referred to as the Grandmaster of South African Art and is internationally recognized as one of South Africa’s greatest artists. His paintings depicted the conditions of people living in townships. The artist painting career spanned over six decades and provides a remarkable visual history of what he witnessed throughout South Africa’s transformation.

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