Conrad Theys (1940 - )


Born 1940 - Montagu in the Little Karoo.
Grew up in Loeriesfontein in the Northern Cape.

1959 Matriculated at Paarl High School.

1961 Completed his studies as a teacher at Bridgeton Training College, Oudtshoorn.
1962-1974 Taught Art, Geography, History and Afrikaans at various schools in the Northern and Western Cape.
1969-1970 Studied under the well-known artist, Gregoire Boonzaier.
1974 Embarked on a full-time career as an artist.
1981-1982 Studied Graphic Art at the Ruth Prowse School of Art under Edwine Simon.
1984-1986 Vice-Chairman of the Committee for the SAAA Bellville Gallery.
1991 Received award from Loeriesfontein Municipality for outstanding cultural contribution to South Africa.
1993 Elected National Vice President of the South African Association of Arts (SAAA).
1994-1995 Member of Westag Committee (Provincial).
1994-1995 Took part in Actag (Arts and Culture Task Group) of the Department of Arts and Culture.
Since 1995 Co-ordinator and chief adjudicator of the prestigious Volkskas - Atelier Competition.
Founder member of Sisonke Arts Association (Langa- W. Cape).
Founder member of the now defunct (NAC) National Arts Coalition.
1995 Elected Acting National President of the SAAA.
1996 Elected National President of the SAAA.
Served on the Board of Trustees of the SA National Gallery since 1995.
Founder member of the Bellville Art Centre.

Collections featuring his work

Genadendal Kultuurhistoriese Museum
SABC Art Collection
SA Reserve Bank Art Collection
Prima Bank, Johannesburg
Telkom, Pretoria
ABSA Bank, Johannesburg
SASOL Collection
Investic Bank Collection
Life Grow Art Collection
Syfrets Art Colletion
University of the Western Cape Art Collection
Federale Volksbeleggings - Johannesburg
Pretoria Art Museum
Rand Merchant Bank
Volkskas Industrial Bank - Parktown
Pietersburg Art Museum
Sasolburg Municipality Art Collection
South African Embassies abroad
Willem Annandale Art Museum, Lichtenburg
Ermelo Municipal Art Colletion
National Art Museum, Botswana
CPA Library Services
Dorbyl - OFS Art Collection
SASCO - Paarl
“Off the Record” - Union Buildings, Pretoria
Damelin Management School - Cape Town
Schweickerdt Versameling
ABPCO - Pretoria
Soekor - Parow
Steinkopf Art Museum


Member of Kasselsvlei Primary School Committee (1974-1977)
Member of the Board of Control of the Faure School for boys (1981-1989)
Member of the Bellville Training College Hostel Committee (1977-1993)
Served on the Kasselsvlei Community Centre Committee (1986-1989)

Solo Exhibitions

Participated in more than 60 group exhibitions and had 20 Solo exhibitions:

1978,1983,1988,1989, 1990 Edrich Art Gallery
1979,1981,1983,1988 Scheicherdts Art Gallery, Pretoria
1980,1987 SA Association of Arts, Bellville
1982,1984 SA Association of Arts, Lichtenburg
1987 SA Association of Arts, Port Elizabeth
1986 Estelle Rossouw Art Gallery, Pretoria
1990 Gallery 88, Sasolburg
1981 Dorp Street Gallery, Paarl
1991 SA Association of Arts, Pretoria
1992 “Off the Record” Union Buildings, Pretoria (1992-Private Exhibition)
1995 University of Stellenbosch Art Gallery

Featured on

1984 SATV - Portfolio
1988 SATV - Collage
1988 TV4
1995 RWC TV
1996/97/98 Fine Music Radio
1996/97 Radio sonder Grense


Gregoire - Dr Martin Bekker.
SA Reserve Bank Collection - Julia Meintjes and Robert Pitchard.
SA Panorama - 1974.
Loeriesfontein 1860-1987 by GSJ Moller.
Artist Palate - Eduard Ladan and Jean Doyle.
Choice from ABSA - Collection - Cecile Loedolff and Eunice Basson.
Arts Diary 1997.
Arts Diary 1998.
Directory to Contempory South African Art - by Jean Campbell 1997.

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