Gregoire Boonzaier (1909-2005)
Fifth Child of political cartoonist, Daniel Cornelis Boonzaier, Gregoire grew up within the artistic elite of the Cape, including Wenning, Kottler and Spilhaus. Without formal training, he was encouraged by those around him and with significant international travel, the Cape impressionist returned and was a founder of the prolific “New Group” which lasted for 15 years. With in excess of 100 exhibitions, Boonzaiers iconic works can be found in collections around the world. He was predominantly a painter, but also very well versed in draughtsman skills as well as graphics, specifically woodblocks.His most sort after works are depictions of district six and Malay Quarters. He eventually settled in Onrus, which became a wonderful enclave for many Cape artists.