Alida Bothma - Fine Artist

Alida Bothma

Port Elizabeth, Walmer - South Africa








Alida Bothma

Port Elizabeth, Walmer - South Africa

Alida Bothma - Fine Artist

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About Alida Bothma


The artist grew up in Pretoria, after which she obtained a diploma in Graphic Design at the art school of the Cape Town Technikon, with distinctions in drawing, graphic art and history of art.

Her career started as an illustrator in an advertising agency in Cape Town. Her first international exposure was in 1979, when some of her work was included in a watercolour exhibition in West Germany, with other South African artists like Walter Battiss, Maud Sumner, Adolph Jentsch and Andrew Verster.

Her involvement in illustrating children’s books, which later extended to poetry and other books, began in the early 1980’s and now stretches over about 150 books. “The interchange between painting and illustrating works well for me. I am often inspired by the printed word, be it a children’s story, a poem, or Scripture.”

She uses a variety of media and techniques, such as ink, charcoal, mixed media, oil, acrylics, pastel and watercolour.

National Exhibitions

Her work has been exhibited all over South Africa, with solo exhibitions in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Oudtshoorn and Kimberley.

Some International Exhibitions

• Watercolours in West Germany at the International Aquarelle Exhibition.
• Illustrations at various Book Shows in Belgium, Canada, Italy, Japan, the Slovak Republic and the Czech Republic.
• Illustrations from the book Woordreise were on a travelling exhibition in Japan during 2007.
• Four works toured Italy as part of the Sacred Art Exhibition in 2008.
Artwork selected for exhibition in Iran in 2009.

Some National Awards

• The Katrine Harries Medal for illustrations in 1985 for two books.
• The M.E.R. Medal in 1988 for illustrations.
• The ATKV Award for illustrators in 1993, 1997 and 2000.

International Awards

• Merit award : NOMA Concours (UNESCO), Tokyo, Japan 1994 for illustrations in Die Wit Vlinder (Corlia Fourie).
• Bronze medal and Runner-up award : NOMA Concours (UNESCO), Tokyo, Japan 2005 for illustrations in a volume of poetry, Woordreise.

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People without faces by Alida Bothma


We need to celebrate our differences by Alida Bothma


We can change the World by Alida Bothma


Let us Read and let us Dance by Alida Bothma


If your neighbour has nothing to eat by Alida Bothma


Guard your heart above all else by Alida Bothma


Great Peacemakers by Alida Bothma


Education the most powerful weapon by Alida Bothma


Do your little bit of good by Alida Bothma


Differences are not intended to separate by Alida Bothma


Open Plains by Alida Bothma


Street Walking II by Alida Bothma


Street Walking I by Alida Bothma


Blue Monday by Alida Bothma


Girl with Flowers by Alida Bothma


In Flight by Alida Bothma


Washing Feet by Alida Bothma


Waiting by Alida Bothma


Mother and Children by Alida Bothma


Jerusalem by Alida Bothma


Gateway by Alida Bothma


Vulnerability by Alida Bothma


Those with ears to hear should listen by Alida Bothma


Zebras by Alida Bothma

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