06-10 September 2017

Open Book Festival

06-10 September2017

Diek Grobler

Diek 8 2015

Diek Grobler obtained a BA Fine Arts degree from the University of Pretoria in 1987, an MA in Fine Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1996, and is currently reading for a Phd in History of Art at the University of South Africa. He has exhibited professionally since 1988 and his work is included in several major public and corporate collections in South Africa. His art practice covers a variety of media and disciplines. Aside from his fine art practice, he has illustrated children’s books, and has directed and produced several short animated films which has garnered 4 international awards and has been included in the official programme of more than 40 international animation festivals.
Since 2014 he has been creatively managing Filmverse, an animated poetry project which aims to advance Afrikaans poetry and animation.  Films from this project have won awards at Annecy, the 1st Weimar Poetry Film Prize and the Silencio Poetry Festival in Lisbon, Portugal.  He lives and works in Pretoria, South Africa.