Charl Bezuidenhout

Hosted at Friends of Design - Academy of Digital Arts

part of a series on Freedom

About the speaker

Charl Bezuidenhout – Art Dealer & Gallery Owner

With spaces in the bustling hub of Cape Town, South Africa & Munich, Germany WORLDART gallery owner Charl Bezuidenhout, after 14 years in the visual art business, has managed to showcase some, daringly outspoken artists.


Having obtained a BA degree from Stellenbosch University, Charl spent five years traveling and working in Europe and the USA. Back in South Africa he became active in the music industry and the visual arts where he pursued his interests in the arts and marketing. He has since established himself as a respected and dedicated participant in the arts environment. WORLDART founded in 2004, has in the past been window insured due to the provocative nature of the art sometimes on the walls.

Charl has always been moved by change, and the music it inspired. Originally the name WORLDART was supposed to be because Charl wanted to work with paintings which reminded him of his love for world music. He sometimes feels like he has achieved this, although he has room for other interpretations.


He has brought unknown artists like Khaya Witbooi from anonymity to well sought after within 18 months. Khaya who’s paintings often have evoked feelings of danger & over coming it. Ayanda Mabulu, who’s painting has been forcibly removed from namely The Johannesburg Art Fair 2013, Dion Cupido, who’s painting was bought off the wall by Beyonce, are but a few of his star listing on his walls.

Charl Bezuidenhout speaks about Freedom, as a facilitator of the arts. His own journey & where it’s taken him, as he houses some prolific & contemporary art in a country very new in it’s own freedom.

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Additional details

Meet and greet upstairs at the Friends of Design Academy for a complimentary coffee and breakfast followed by a 20 min talk.