“What distinguishes the creative person is his persistence and determination to excel. “- Rhoma Ochse
Anton Smit was born on 2 August 1954 in Boksburg, South Africa. His father was a police officer, his beloved mother a teacher. Anton spends and works the first three months of the year in his Cape studios in Strand and for the rest of the year in his studios at Bronkhorstspruit Dam, where he oversees a dedicated work force of 14 people. “They are like family.”
Anton Smit in his creative prime is a force to be reckoned with.
His body of work comprises towering human figures, nudes, impressive heads, masks, hands, angels, floating and stretching figures, warriors as well as abstract works, using mostly steel, metal, sand casting, fiberglass and bronze.
For decades Anton Smit has been a firm favorite amongst the finest statesmen as well as the most famous art collectors from around the globe, with stand out achievements too many to mention. He considers one of the highlights of his career “The Age of Grace”, an eight foot high bronze sculpture at the Grand Central Station, NYC, which celebrated South African Heritage and was displayed on the front cover of The New York Times.
Anton Smit collects sayings about the relationship between art and the individual artist’s experience of reality. “Art is not to render the visible but to render visible,” he asserts, and his art achieves this in many ways. An inspiring raconteur, Anton enjoys relating tales of his struggles as a young artist. The secret to his success could be attributed to his courage and determination to forge ahead in the face of great difficulty.
“A human being consists of the choices he makes. “- Anton Smit
Exhibitions at the KZNSA