Conrad Theys was born in Montagu, Western Cape in 1940. He grew up in Loeriesfontein in the North
Western Cape where he matriculated from Northern Paarl High School. In 1961 he completed hist
studies as a teacher at Brighton College in Oudtshoorn just outside of George.
During 1969 and 1970 he studied art under the well-known artist Gregoire Boonzaier, in 1974
became a full-time artist. In 1981 – 1982, he also studied graphic art under Edwine
Simon at the Ruth Prowse School of Art in Cape Town.
Various institutions have listed Theys’ work in their collections including the SABC, National Art
Museum, Life Grow, Rand Merchant Bank. In 1996 he was elected
President of the South Africa Art Society. He was also honored by the University of Pretoria with a
Doctor of Literature and Philosophy Degree in 2004.