Anton Benzon was born to a family of artists in 1944. Being the son of Elize Laidler, a watercolour artist and Johan Oldert, a famous South African landscape artist, Benzon gives new meaning to the phrase ‘born to paint’. Oldert introduced Benzon to his best friend, the Italian artist, Titta Fascotti, who became his mentor and tutor. Anton Benzon implements his talent in landscape paintings using oil to capture his subject with his distinctive style of brushwork. His work reflects a harmonious balance between style, composition and colour, brilliantly portraying the warmth and tranquillity of the South African landscape.
“Painting is what I do. I strive to capture the essence of the South African landscape and people. Life is one long battle. To live knowing that you will never be satisfied is the curse of an artist. At the same time, it is this struggle that is the driving force. An artist needs this endless quest to keep striving to satisfy his soul.”
Benzon’s travels between Johannesburg, the Western Cape, Zimbabwe, and KwaZulu Natal have provided him with a deep love of Southern Africa and a rich source of inspiration. Anton’s paintings are sold in galleries throughout South Africa, and can be found in many prestigious public and private collections both locally and abroad. He is now recognised as one of South Africa’s leading impressionists.