Click for enlargements See Nicolette's quilt of Piet's painting Author's cats gallery
Born 26 September 1959 in Nylstroom, Limpopo Province. Grew up on a farm in Warmbaths area. Oldest of five children.
Studies: BA & BD (Theology), University of Pretoria (1978-84)
Private tuition in watercolour painting, Innes Aab Tamsen (1982-84)
Hons, B Journalism, Stellenbosch University (1990)
N6 Graphic Design, Cape Town Technical College (1991-93)
MA in Fine Art, cum laude, Stellenbosch University 2004
Minister of religion, Hervormde Kerk (1985-89)
Graphic designer and editor, SANLAM Advertising & Publications (1991-96)
Freelance artist, illustrator and writer since May 1996.
Held two teaching posts: at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and at Stellenbosch University. Other academic or book projects include acting as external examiner in MA examinations (Stellenbosch University and University of South Africa) and ad hoc art directing.
Piet Grobler lived in Stellenbosch since 1989 with wife Marietjie, music teacher and musicologist and daughter Catherina (and cat Rottie).
In 2009 Piet and family moved to Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK, where he was a lecturer in children's book illustrations at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. He then was appointed as senior lecturer and course leader in Illustration at the University of Worcester in the West-Midlands of England. The family moved to West-Malvern with their dog Alice.
Piet lost his wife Marietjie and 10 year old daughter Catherina in a road accident near Pretoria on 25 July 2012.
Francois Verster in Bolander: Geliefde Piet se verlies tref ons ook (pdf)
The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy, Triomf by Marlene van Niekerk
Favourites are picture books! Anything illustrated by the German illustrator, Wolf Erlbruch, especially Die Menschenfresserin and anything illustrated by Zcech illustrator Kveta Pacovska or the Austrian Lisbeth Zwerger.
Hobbies: Travelling, gardening
Corresponding with fellow illustrators abroad and collecting picture books
Motto: Got it from my Dutch granddad, born in Friesland: Aanholn dut verkriegen (perseverance will be rewarded)
|Albert, Lizzie en die tasrekenaar|
Boontjie kry sy loontjie
The rainbow birds
Net een slukkie, Padda - Please Frog, just one sip!
Die voeltjies se ABC - Little Bird's ABC
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