Ian van Zyl was born in Kimberley, South Africa and was raised on the family farms in the district. He started drawing and painting at an early age, inspired by the immense open spaces and wild animals that were part of his daily life.

Ian is one of South Africa’s leading, most sought after and respected wildlife artists. His paintings hang in the homes of South Africa’s elite and in the boardrooms of major corporations.


Ian’s main inspiration comes from his two to six-week retreats into remote places in the bush each year. He travels alone, self-sufficient with his trailer, tent and provisions.

He goes with no fixed itinerary and in his journey of continuous learning he finds new places and discovers the unexpected. This then is his studio – a quiet solitude, where he immerses himself completely in the elements that he then captures on canvas.


Ian captures the vast scale of the African wilderness in his paintings with bold splashes of colour like no other artist.

He captures the true character and essence of the animals. Whether it is a herd of zebra kicking up the dust as they gallop off; or a group of inquisitive meerkats standing up and keenly observing the scene; or the grace and striking beauty of the gemsbok against a stark landscape.


Ian is committed to conservation and regularly supports the following worthy organisations:

  • Wildlands Conservation Trust
  • The Game Rangers Association
  • The S.P.C.A
  •  WESSA


Ian regularly exhibits in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.  He has shown work in successful exhibitions in New York, Birmingham and at the prestigious auction of Wildlife Art held by Christies of London.

Visit www.ianvanzyl.com to view Ian’s Art Catalogue.

When you look at a painting by Ian van Zyl, you see and feel the spirit of the Africa depicted by the master who has lovingly studied and understands his subject.

Source:  www.ianvanzyl.com



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