Niël Jonker is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in close harmony with the nature and landscapes he has always surrounded himself with. Niel works prolifically both as painter and figurative sculptor and is at his happiest creating his works from his home studio in the picturesque haven of Baardskeerdersbos which is the home base for a community of like-minded artists. Jonker has been commissioned to create public monument work and his works are collected locally and international. Niël is one of the pioneers of artisan bread making in South Africa, and shares his passion offering monthly workshops, both in baking and outdoor painting.
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Niël Jonker was born in 1971 on a farm in the Little Karoo district of Oudtshoorn, and grew up seeking solace in the endless wonders contained in nature. After matriculating from Oudtshoorn High School with a distinction in art, he later went on to being awarded the most promising student award from Foundation Art School, Cape Town. Niël graduated with distinctions in painting and sculpture from Technikon Natal, Durban in 1993 and his name has since become synonymous with KKNK (Klein Karoo Nasionale Kuns Fees) and other acclaimed art festivals. Niël’s work has been showcased in top art galleries and exhibitions and he forms part of the Baardskeerdersbos Art Route which is a popular annual event.