About Yoka Wright
My early art tuition took place at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, prior to my move to Johannesburg, South Africa in 1964. Once settled in Johannesburg, I attended the Johannesburg School of Art, where I specialised in illustration. After a short stint at South African Associated Newspapers as an illustrator and layout designer, I traveled to England, Holland and the Far East. During the early 1970's I lived and worked from a canal-side studio in Amsterdam where I met my wonderful husband, Michael Wright.
I returned to South Africa in the mid-seventies (bringing husband in tow who, I might add, had never ever stepped foot in Africa before) and opened my own art gallery in Johannesburg which was the first of many to come. A study tour in the mid-1980’s took me to Spain and England before returning back to South Africa permanently 1987. From then on I continued to create works for commissions and collectors, moving toward crossover African-inspired images with textured handmade paper and parchment.
I have three children and currently two grandchildren (hoping for more on the way!), and still live in my beloved South Africa. I have lived here for the majority of my life and thrive on all the different cultures and people coming together to form this rainbow nation of which we live in. Every day is another beautiful day in Africa!

The changes brought about in South Africa in 1994 (the year Nelson Mandela was appointed as the first black President in our country) inspired me to create the images entitled Hope, Peace and Freedom that capture the beauty of South Africa and its cultural heritage after the transition. Together with my family, I refine my artistic techniques from my studio in the picturesque and rural Noordhoek Valley, outside Cape Town.
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