Sophie Peters is a painter and printmaker, songwriter and musician who creates designs for everyday life, including T-Shirts, cloth bags, carved wooden bag carrying handles, jewellery and pillowcases among others. Her artistic practice unfolds across different media and forms of expression, reflecting on her personal history, spiritual connections, and relations to people, places and times in which she lives.
Peters was born in 1960 in Johannesburg and moved to Cape Town to study art. After completing a two-year course at the Community Arts Project (CAP) in Cape Town in 1987, she attended part-time ceramic classes with Barbara Jackson, and advanced teacher training. She has been teaching in numerous art education programmes throughout the Cape Peninsula since 1987.
She mostly works in oil, pastels, mixed media, prints, linocuts, monoprints and etchings through which she addresses personal and social issues in South Africa. As a founding member of the Mural Collective, she has designed and painted solo and group murals, including four murals for the 1990 Zabalaza Festival in London which were realised with other South African artists.
Peters has exhibited nationally and internationally, and illustrated numerous books and publications. Her work is represented in the South African National Gallery, as well as in private collections in South Africa, Europe, USA and Australia.
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