Kobus Kotzé passionate love for capturing landscapes is very much the essence of his inspiration. Kobus studied agriculture and on his farm in the Eastern-Cape, he recorded a barrage of ideas during the day, and spent the evenings in his studio expressing it on canvas. Kobus held his first solo exhibition in 1971, and many other exhibitions followed. In 1990 Kobus opened the Kobus Kotzé Art Gallery in Aliwal North, and became a full time artist.
Artists mix and combine colours differently, and the individual artist mixes colours in a number of different ways within his own work. It is essentially a matter of discipline, informed judgement, desire and love of colour. Kobus has been painting since 1967 and with all the years of experience, he developed a unique sense for mixing and using colours. One of the exceptional qualities in his work is his ability to make the sky look exciting, real and radiant.
Kobus Kotzé is an artist who uses his camera to capture landscapes, trees and cities. In his studio he combines the photographs with his emotions and traditions. These paintings capture the way he views the world.
Kobus moved to Bloemfontein in 1994 and found the move very stimulating as he was exposed to a big group of artists who enriched his art. He works in two mediums namely oil and watercolour and he is also an associate of the Watercolour Society of South Africa. With his personal enrichment his art has become less traditional. Bright colours play a big roll in many of his paintings.
Kobus exhibits nationwide and also takes part in group exhibitions. His work is strongly represented in collections of corporate institutions like BOE Head Office in Cape Town, Eskom, Spoornet Head Office in Bloemfontein, Bloemwater, the American Embassy and many more as well as numerous private collections in South Africa and abroad.
Kobus is influenced by Cezanne, Van Gogh, Monet, Sisley and other masters while South African masters like Pieter Wenning, Hugo Naudé, Edward Roworth en Gregoire Boonzaier made huge impressions.
The colours and layout of Kobus' pallette is orderly. His attention is therefore focused on the creation of his work while listening to good classical and opera music like Chopin and Verdi. "It takes me on a different route" he says. The rhythm and power of this is captured in his art.