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Born in Worcester, Western Cape, Kramer lives and works in Cape Town. He graduated with a Fine Arts Diploma from Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town in 1968.

In the early 1970s Kramer began to record small-town shopfronts, corner cafés, bioscopes and general dealer stores with his camera, fearing they might soon disappear. The supermarket was coming to town and television was about to make its presence felt. He wanted to hold onto the memory.
He realised that these ordinary buildings that he had grown up with, meshed with his idea of doing something essentially South African. This idea crystalised after his first overseas trip to Europe in 1974, when upon his return, he realised how bizarre and extraordinary the local townscape was. Influenced by the photorealism movement of the time, he began to use his photos as a subject for his deadpan realistic paintings.

"Concentrating on light and shadow, tonal values, verticals and horizontals, and by eliminating any present living beings from my paintings, I wished to create art works that said something about the 'real' South Africa."



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Calitzdorp Handelshuis,
oil on canvas, 76 x 104cm, 1998
Wayne Cahill Barker   Gerhard Harald Batha   Walter Whall Battiss   Deborah Margaret Bell   Bongi Bengu   Willie Bester
Peter John Bonney   Willem Hendrik Adriaan Boshoff   Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi   Norman Catherine   Erika Hibbert   Phillemon Hlungwani
Robert Griffiths Hodgins   William Kentridge   John Kramer   Speelman Mahlangu   Colbert Mashile   Clare Menck
John Mark Moore   Zwelethu Mthethwa and Sam Nhlengethwa   Olbie Olberholzer   Walter Oltmann   Milwa Mnyaluza George Pemba   Uwe Pfaff
Karin Preller   Dan Rakgoathe   Albert Redelinghuys   Jürgen Schadeberg   Lucky Sibiya   Jaco Sieberhagen
Lionel Smit   Richard John Smith   Angus Taylor   Alfred Thoba   Andrew Verster   Edoardo Villa