Paul du Toit

Paul Du Toit

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Paul du Toit (Du Toit Paul Johan, born in Johannesburg, October 31, 1965) is a South African artist, working in painting, sculpture, paper and mixed media. His exhibits have been displayed globally. Most notably, three of his sculptures were selected for the 2001 Florence Biennale.

Among the many awards he has received is a medal from the city of Florence in the Biennale Internationale Dell'arte Contemporanea. He was nominated for the Daimler Chrysler Sculpture Award of 2002. Paul was recently invited to work with former president Nelson Mandela and international musicians on the 46664 campaign.

Early years

Paul Du Toit was born on 31 October 1965 in Johannesburg. Paul grew up in Mayfair Johannesburg and his time was spent between his artist aunt, Elizabeth van der Sandt and his father’s workshop, where he used to create sculptures out of electrical gadgets while his aunt tutored him in oil painting techniques. His mother spent hours with him at the library fuelling his hunger for knowledge.In 1976 Paul du Toit contracted juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 11 and spent the next three years in and out of hospital. This experience was to play a pivotal role in his artistic conceptualisation and his ability to persevere. His illness persisted for some time but during his hospital confinement he was given books about Miró and Picasso which played a key role in his style and artistic development.

In 1984 Paul du Toit matriculated and in 1985 he was conscripted to...
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