Schönfeldt, Joachim

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Schönfeldt, Joachim

Joachim Schonfeldt was born in Pretoria, but his family moved to Namibia just three weeks later. Schonfeldt completed his schooling in Namibia, and after graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand in the early 1980's; he worked for Meneghelli Holdings as a curator and researcher in historical African Art.

Joachim Schonfeldt became a full time artist in 1988. In 1989 he lived and worked in Italy, before settling in Johannesburg the following year, writing criticism for a local daily and curating, but mostly practising art. In 2002 Schonfeldt taught and was artist in residence at ECAV, Sierre, in Switzerland.

He has exhibited widely in South Africa and abroad. Joachim Schonfeldt was one of the founding artists of The Fordsburg Artists Studios (The Bag Factory).