Pieter van der Westhuizen was born in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1931. He studied art at the University of South Africa with Sakkie Eloff, Leo Theron, Robert Hodgins and others. In 1960 Pietr van der Westhuizen worked under Alfred Krentz and in 1971 under Erik Laubscher. from 1979 to 1980 he attended the National Hoger Institute Voor Schone Kunst at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Belgium. In 1982 and 1985 he continued his studies at the Stedelijke Akademie in Ghent and the Ryks Sentrum Voor Grafiek in Kasterlee, Belgium. In 1983 and 1985 he also studied woodblock printing in Japan. His work comprises landscapes, portraits, still lifes, figures and abstract works. Pietr van der Westhuizen works in pastel, oil, watercolor, ink, pencil, charcoal and in various graphic media.
Pieter has had many one-man and group exhibitions and in 1988 and 1989 he exhibited with Marc Chagall amongst others, in Madrid, Spain. His exhibitions held on the occasion of his 65th birthday were the largest and most successful ever held in South Africa. He is widely regarded as the most popular artist in South Africa today. He exhibited with great success in London in June and October 2000.
Pieter’s landscapes of endless wheat fields are powerful and daring, very zen like, using bright hues of the primary colors, red, blue and yellow. His portraits of mostly women with large hats and young strong male subjects have an unusual structure and composition.
Pieter’s works are today found in private and national collections in South Africa, Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, China, Japan, Finland, Israel, and Hong Kong.