His artistic talent was never a secret, even at the age of four. He grew up on a farm in the Hofmeyr district, Eastern Cape. He was born with a creative talent. Also in music, but he had to make a difficult choice. Visual arts as a career were the path he would follow.
At the age of 14 he got private sculptural lessons in the small town Adelaide in the Eastern Cape. From there his life as an artist took shape. Sculpture was always his passion. Growing up in the Karoo (Eastern Cape S.A.) with its rocky hills and mountains, influenced him in his sculptural forms. The title of his thesis was “The relation between art and nature”.
1974 – He studied at Potchefstroom University, then commenced his studies further at the Nelson Metropolitan University of Art & Design, 1979 – gaining a higher National Diploma with distinction in Fine arts (sculpture and drawing).
Johannes has held over 40 successful exhibitions since 1982. He staged many solo, two man and attended group exhibitions, locally and internationally. He participated in international exhibitions: France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany and UK – London between 1994 and 2007.
Apart from private commissions in painting and sculpture, collectors invested in his unique versatile style of work around the globe, Canada, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Switzerland, USA, Germany, France, Scotland, Ireland, Australia and South Africa.