William Kentridge

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William Kentridge (born 28 April 1955) is a well-known South African artist who is best known for his prints, drawings, and animated films. Kentridge attended the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (1973–76), Johannesburg Art Foundation (1976–78), and studied mime and theatre at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, Paris (1981–82).
Having witnessed first-hand one of the twentieth century’s most contentious struggles — the dissolution of apartheid—Kentridge brings the ambiguity and subtlety of personal experience to public subjects that are most often framed in narrowly defined terms. Using film, drawing, sculpture, animation, and performance, he transmutes sobering political events into powerful poetic allegories. Kentridge is well known for creating short animated films by photographing his charcoal drawings and paper collages over time, recording scenes as they evolve. Working without a script or storyboard, he plots out each film, preserving every addition and erasure.