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Peter Clarke

  • CountrySouth Africa
  • Born1929
  • Died2014


Peter Clarke, born in 1929 in Simon’s Town, South Africa, is a highly accomplished and versatile visual artist and poet who has worked across a broad spectrum of media.

Working from his home in Ocean View, Cape Town, Clarke has won six international awards for art and writing (Italy, USA and Taiwan), including an Honorary Life Membership of the Museum of African American Art, Los Angeles (1984). His six South African awards for writing and art, include three since 2000, not least the Order of Ikhamanga (Silver) by President Mbeki in 2005 and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

In the 1950s he began writing short stories and essays, becoming an internationally acclaimed poet. He has published illustrated books in South Africa, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Nigeria and the UK.