“I believe that we must protest against that which is wrong. There is no form of escape; remaining apolitical is a luxury that South Africans simply cannot afford.”
Willie Bester was born in 1956 in Montagu, Western Cape. Regarded as one of the most crucial resistance artists in South Africa, his unique work holds strong symbolism of his personal history, with commentary on political injustice and human rights issues of the day. He integrates recycled material and found objects into his sculptures, paintings and assemblages.
Bester has exhibited extensively both locally and internationally including Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Cuba, The United Kingdom, Austria and The United States among numerous others. His art graces most important collections in South Africa and numerous abroad including the De Beers Collection, The Contemporary African Art Collection (CAAC) in Geneva, and more recently the David Bowie Collection.