Janko de Beer grew up in Pretoria, South Africa. He obtained his National Senior Certificate from Pro Arte Alphen Park (1997), a reputed art school in Pretoria, South Africa, where he was exposed to a range of art forms.
In 2003, he obtained his Bachelor of Laws (Legum Baccalaureus) from the University of South Africa. During his tenure as a practicing advocate, he participated in more than thirty (30) group art and sculpture exhibitions and in 2010 he had his first solo sculpture exhibition in Cape Town, South Africa.
In 2016, Janko stopped practicing law to pursue his career as an artist full time. Janko has enjoyed success in his home country of South Africa, where his work has featured in many local publications. His work has also been widely featured internationally, both in print and broadcast interviews, including National Geographic Magazine, Cent Magazine, UK, HocTok Magazine, New York.
His work is also collected globally and has featured in several solo and international group exhibitions. He was a two-time finalist for a Global Art Awards, in 2017 and 2018. He is represented internationally in Belgium, Dubai, Venice and Geneva.
While Janko’s formal career as an artist started with sculpture, he now balances painting and sculpting equally. For him, the process and method of applying paint to canvas or paper are akin to applying patinas to raw sculptures. His works are influenced by the principles of contemporary futurism in sculpting and his works convey the history of the medium through strong, idiosyncratic characters.
The portrait paintings incorporate a variety of styles and techniques, which result in unexpectedly rich and unusual colour combinations. Janko is guided by the application of the paint, rather than to force it one way or the other. The end result is a mixed media fusion of digital, acrylic and oils on stretched canvas. Limited reproductions of his artworks are printed on cotton rag archival paper and printed with archival inks.