Sanlam celebrates top South African artists with a biennial competition, the only one of its kind in South Africa.
While South African art reflects the country’s social and political evolution, Sanlam’s passion and investment interest in art is also growing. This is why they established the Sanlam Portrait Award in partnership with Rust-en-Vrede art gallery.
The competition celebrates and showcases the best original portrait artwork in South Africa. It gives top local artists the opportunity to get invaluable exposure – the top 40 entries are displayed at an exhibition – and the winner walks away with R100 000.
To win this award is clearly not a simple matter. It requires skill, historical insight and also daring. This year there have been many such portraits and it’s gratifying to see the commitment of the broader visual art community to this competition growing. The next award in 2019 will undoubtedly present another challenge, which I’m sure both artists and audience are looking forward to.
The GFI Art Gallery is once again proud to be associated with Sanlam and Rust-en-Vrede Art gallery to bring you an exhibition of the Top 40 Artists.