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The recent 'Figures and Fictions' exhibition of South African photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London included the work of Mikhael Subotzky, Zanele Muholi, David Goldblatt, Zwelethu Mthethwa and Guy Tillim.
Contemporary South African artists whose work has been met with international acclaim include Marlene Dumas and William Kentridge.
The Dutch-influenced folk art of the Afrikaner Trekboer and the urban white artists earnestly following changing European traditions from the 1850s onwards also contributed to this eclectic mix, which continues to evolve today.
One of the defining characteristics of our species is the making of art (from Latin 'ars' meaning worked or formed from basic material).
The architecture of South Africa mirrors the vast ethnic and cultural diversity of the country and its historical colonial period.
In addition, influences from other distant countries have contributed to the variety of the South African architectural landscape.
The scattered tribes of Khoisan peoples moving into South Africa from around 10,000 BC had their own fluent art styles seen today in a multitude of cave paintings.
They were superseded by Bantu and Nguni peoples with their own vocabularies of art forms.