was born in Krugersdorp, Gauteng in 1957 and grew up in Pretoria.
He started sketching since Primary School. He also started with music at the age of six, playing the trumpet. When he entered High school, he knew he was destined to become an artist and musician.
Years later he became friends with Enzo Mastromatteo and for the next 20 odd years they were inseparable. Enzo was also friends with Gregoire Boonzaier, Alexander Rose-Innes, Carl Buchner, Maggie Loubser and many other artists. Enzo took Koos’ work all over the world. His paintings feature in private collections in Belgium, Italy, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries.
Rose-Innes and Adriaan Boshoff had the greatest impact on Koos’ approach to art. He is also influenced by some British artists like Turner and Constable. He has ignored trends and spends most of his life in isolation from the broader art community.
Koos realized there had to be a greater Power than himself and that he could not survive on his own power. He is very spiritual and believes strongly doing things the right way. This caused him to study the materials and methods of the old masters and he refuses to deviate from this.
Koos believes that art belongs to everybody. He gets the greatest satisfaction by sharing his knowledge and skills with others by presenting art workshops all over South Africa.