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Louis Nel was born in 1973 in Cape Town and in 1991 matriculated at the Afrikaanse Hoer Seunskool in Pretoria. Thereafter he studied Fine Arts in Pretoria for 2 years and also worked as a graphic designer for 2 years. After working in the film industry as a props painter until 2004; Louis Nel decided to become a full time artist.

“I am mostly interested in painting landscapes and seascapes. The sea is of great importance to me, in my everyday life (surfing and swimming), as well as in my work. Because of the fact that the sea looks and feels different every moment, I use the rich source material at my
disposal to create paintings that reflect an atmosphere and feeling found not only in nature but more importantly, in my soul.”