Neville Dubow was a versatile and influential South African artist, lecturer and writer who was born in 1933 and died in 2008. He graduated from the University of Cape Town (UCT) with a degree in architecture in 1956 and later joined the staff of the Michaelis School of Fine Art, where he became the director from 1971 to 1988. He was also the founding director of the Irma Stern Museum and a chairman of the acquisitions sub-committee of the South African National Gallery. Dubow was involved in many aspects of the art world, such as criticism, public lecturing, selection boards and juries, and creative practice in sculpture, photography and architecture. He wrote extensively on South African art and culture and published several books.