Vernon Swart was born in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He studied Fine Arts at the University of Stellenbosch, obtaining a Masters Degree in 1986. He taught painting, drawing and History of Art in Cape Town and Stellenbosch from 1986 – 1998. Since then he has been working as a full-time artist from his studio in Stellenbosch. Although his work covers various genres, he is best known for his landscapes and nudes, reflecting a highly refined, yet evocative realist style. He works on paper and canvas, in a variety of different mediums.