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Dale Hellman was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1959. He grew up in South Africa and Europe (Holland and Switzerland) before coming back to South Africa, where he completed his education. In 2002 Dale moved to Cape Town, where he caught up with an old friend – Donald Grieg – who had a studio and was a wildlife sculptor. Dale’s passion for art started when Donald Grieg invited him to his studio to do art evenings. Through these ‘art evenings’ Dale was introduced to a bronze sculpture course where he learned about the ‘lost wax’ process.

Through this experience, Dale realised that he wanted to become a full time artist. Shortly thereafter, he opened a studio in Cape Town where he started developing his own art practice.