Diek Grobler is a storyteller. His work is concerned with the everyday struggle of everyman. Very few of us live epic lives, and Grobler explores the little disasters and small miracles which define our mundane existence.
Diek’s animated films have featured in the official programme of over 40 international animation festivals, earning him several awards along the way.
Grobler’s art practice covers a variety of media and disciplines. Besides fine art Diek has illustrated children’s books, directed and produced short animation films, and staged art performances. In recent years he has been the creative director for an acclaimed animated poetry project called Filmverse produced by the Afrikaans Language and Arts Association (ATKV) in South Africa.
In a career spanning three decades, Diek Grobler has participated in solo and group exhibitions on a national and international level.
A few notable events include participating in ‘Jump into the unknown’, an official collateral event at the 2015 Venice Biennale, the International Olympic Committee art exhibition, Geneva, Switzerland (2004); as part of the South African Delegation to the Delphic Games, Kutching, Malaysia (2005); Nine Dragonheads environmental art symposium, Cheong Ju City, South Korea (2004); and Biel/Bienne, Switzerland (2011); group Exhibitions at the Korean Society of Illustrators in Prague and Peking (2002), the 13th Annual Open Exhibition of the Royal Over-Seas League: Over-Seas House, London, and the Royal College of Art, Edinburgh (1996).
Diek Grobler was born in the Northern part of South Africa. He obtained his BA Fine Arts degree from the University of Pretoria in 1987 and his Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1996. Diek is currently doing a PhD at the Department of Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology at the University of South Africa. He has exhibited professionally since 1988 and his work is included in several major public and corporate collections in South Africa.
Diek Grobler has been invited to present his latest project at the Annecy animated film festival. ‘Laast Woord’ is a poetry film about the loneliness caused by being the last man/woman standing – the last of a language, the last of a culture, the last of a generation. The film is inspired by the poem ‘Vanishing Voices’ by South African poet Martjie Bosman.
“Laaste Woord’ was selected as one of ten projects from 158 short film entries from across the globe to be presented at the 2018 Mifa pitching session in Annecy. The film is due for completion by the end of 2019. A combination of traditional animation techniques will be used: cut-out and drawing on paper with added effects in 2D computer animation.
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