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Betty Pontes de Oliveira was born in Angola in 1953 to a Portuguese family whose ascendants originally settled in the 1800’s. At the age of twelve she started drawing and sketching.
She graduated with a BSc in civil and mining engineering in 1974.
In 1975, during the mass exodus from Angola due to the ongoing war, she settled in Johannesburg, South Africa.
“I feel blessed with my ability to use equally both hemispheres of the brain – the left side for rational and logical thinking and the right hemisphere for the creative mind”.
“I find that true expression comes from the ordinary and this is what my paintings portray. What I love most about digital painting is the intermediary state, when the originality is firmly embedded in the canvas. Some of my works “end” at this stage as anything more would become superfluous.
'Photography is another passion and my genre is what I call a SANE ABSTRACT. '
Betty is a member of the Photographic Society of South Africa and was a finalist in the International Photo Awards in Fine Art - Abstract with her work 'cutting edge'.