Wilhelm van Rensburg
Senior Art Specialist
Paintings, Drawings, Prints and Sculpture
Wilhelm van Rensburg (b1958) is a prolific champion of art across a broad spectrum of channels. After completing his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Johannesburg in 1981, Wilhelm began teaching at high school, later graduating to university lecturing posts. He was a senior lecturer in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Johannesburg from 2001 to 2009, and has been a part-time lecturer in the Faculty of Art Design & Architecture at the same institution since 2010. Early on, Wilhelm decided to complement his career path in education with various activities related to the dissemination and understanding of art. Since completing an Honours-level degree in art history at the University of Johannesburg in 1984, he has obtained additional Honours- and Master’s-level degrees in education and art history from Johannesburg’s two major universities.
Wilhelm’s extracurricular interest in art initially manifested in writing. He was the chief art critic for Beeld newspaper from 1993 to 2003. He then moved into freelance curating, mounting major survey exhibitions for Irma Stern (2003), Judith Mason (2009) and JH Pierneef (2015), all at Standard Bank Gallery, with further exhibitions due on Christo Coetzee (2018). In 2016, he curated the educational programme for the exhibition ‘Henri Matisse: Rhythm and Meaning’, also at Standard Bank Gallery. Wilhelm has also been involved in commercial dealing. He was co-director of Gallery Art on Paper, Johannesburg, from 2006 to 2016. The gallery was known for its independent-minded and historical programme. Wilhelm is presently completing a biography of Walter Battiss.
Wilhelm joined Strauss & Co as an Art Specialist in 2016. He works out of our Johannesburg office. Wilhelm is qualified to address any enquiries related to Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings, Prints, Sculpture and New Media on behalf of Strauss & Co.