• Louis Olivier Artwork
    Louis Olivier Artwork
  • Louis Olivier - Mannerisms
    Louis Olivier - Mannerisms
  • Louis Olivier - Thought One
    Louis Olivier - Thought One

Louis Olivier


Louis Olivier was born in 1976 in Vereeniging and he grew up in Bethal in Mpumalanga. He graduated from the University of Pretoria with a degree in information technology. In 2001 he made a career change and moved from commerce to visual art cutting his teeth in the field of commercial art. He worked on creating themed environments including the uShaka Marine World Aquarium in Durban and Ibn Batuta Mall in Dubai. During this time he developed his considerable skills in moulding, casting and welding thereby gaining an invaluable knowledge of material.

Olivier now lives and works in Johannesburg after moving his studio from Pretoria earlier this year to establish ‘Workhorse’, a bronze foundry and art studio.

Olivier formed part of the Artspace Mentorship Programme in 2009 and was mentored by the established artist Wilma Cruise. Their relationship continued over a year with intensive guidelines from Cruise, and the nurturing of Olivier, who produced a body of works for his first solo exhibition at Artspace that year. The show was a sell-out and a second sell-out exhibition at Artspace followed in 2011.