Biography

1946: Born in Worcester, Western Cape, South Africa.

1960-64: Takes art as a school subject at the Hugo Naude Art Centre in Worcester.

1965: Completes National Service in Oudtshoorn and Walvis Bay.

1966-1968: Studies for a Diploma in Fine Art at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, majoring in painting.

1968: Wins the Michaelis Prize, awarded to the top student in the final year of study.

1969: Joins the advertising agency of Van Zijl and Robinson as a junior finished artist. Paints part-time at night and over weekends.

1970: Appointed to the South African Museum as an exhibition display artist. 

1972: Begins to document the small town shops, algemene handelaars and corner cafes photographically to form a visual resource for his paintings. 

1974. Tours Great Britain and Europe on first overseas trip and visits all the major art museums. Wins first prize in the Crown Cebestos Competition, Western Cape for Instamatic Family Group

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1975: Undertakes a field trip to Tsumkwe in Namibia to photograph San (Bushmen) for a museum travelling display to be sent to Europe.

1976: Kontantwinkel, Riebeeck-Wes and B. Maritz, Worcester acquired for the Friends’ Collection at the South African National Gallery (subsequently transferred to the Permanent Collection in 1992).

1977: Appointed Head of the Design Department at the South African Museum. 

1979: Included in the Cape Town Biennial. Visits museums in Israel, Paris, London, the United States and Canada in preparation for planned new exhibition extensions to the South African Museum.

1980: Becomes a member of the Artists’ Guild in Cape Town.

1981: Holds first solo exhibition at the South African Association of Arts, Church Street, Cape Town.

1982: Selected for inclusion on the Cape Town Triennial.

1983: Promoted to Head of Exhibition Department at the South African Museum.

1984: Included in Masterworks on Paper, South African National Gallery. Undertakes study tour of museums in the United States and Canada to investigate latest display techniques.

1988: Holds a second solo exhibition at the South African Association of Arts, Church Street Cape Town.

1991: Selected for inclusion on the 1991 Cape Town Triennal; painting entitled Boerewinkel, Loeriesfontein, acquired for the South African National Gallery Permanent Collection.

1992: Friends’ Choice, South African National Gallery.

1994: Sent by the South African Museum to Paris, London, New York and Ottawa to look at new advances in museum displays. Featured in South African National Gallery Permanent Collection 1984-1994 Exhibition.

1996: Invited to participate in Kunst uit Zuid-Afrika at the Cultureel Centrum, Mechelen, Belgium.

1997: Participates in Freedom Flight in the Westfries Museum, Hoorn, Netherlands; Architecture into Art – South African National Gallery.

2002: Starts painting full-time.

2003: Accompanies his brother, David Kramer, on the Karoo Kitaar Blues project to do the still photography.

2007: Photographic documentation of Karoo corbelled and stone structures. Ongoing project with wife Patricia Kramer. 

2014: Solo show at the Irma Stern Museum together with launch of  book, John Kramer, published by the Penny Dobbie Gallery.

John Kramer is married and has two sons. He lives and paints at his home studio in the Gardens, Cape Town.

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