Jaco Van Der Westhuizen:
BORN 1958, IN Johannesburg South Africa
Raised by two professional radio and stage personalities (parents)
I grew up in a theater environment where I kept myself busy drawing at the age 6, me backstage, parents onstage 1976 employed by the South Africa defense force.
1978 employed by performing arts PACT as property maker.
1981 Chief Property maker
1989 Chief Decor Painter
Art training and working together with David Mackenzie (British fine artist) for 2 years also work with designers, among others, Jonah Engels, Anthony Farmer, Neels Hansen and many more.
1985 went to Germany and did a course in prop making.
1984 Received the director's medal for outstanding work on the creations of the K2 decor.
1985 Nominated for "LILIAN AND IVAN SOLOMON AWARD".
1989 Received the director's medal for outstanding work on the theater rendezvous.
1990 open my own studio.
Designing and art work for, The Lost City, Golden Horse Casino, Monte Casino and 32 restaurants and many more
1997 Miss World Pageant in Seychelles: Decor and props.
1998 Work in Dubai. Art work for Dolphin Group
1999 work in UK London. Art work for Dolphin Group
2000 back to SA where I am settled and working out my studio at home painting and loving it, and putting back what I got out of living and still learning, onto my canvases.
First solo exhibitions in 1987
Numerous solo and group,
State Theater, JHB Theater.
Dolphin Group UK and Dubai.
The late Taube Kushlik
Work included in numerous local private collections; also in the UK and Dubai.