CYRIL FRADAN (1928 – 1997)
“View of Olevano near Rome”
Oil Painting on Canvas. 11 7/8” x 15 5/8” (300 x 400mm)
Overall framed size 19 ¼” x 23 3/8” (489mm x 593mm)
Cyril Fradan was born in Johannesburg in 1928. He was educated at King Edward VII School, Johannesburg. He studied at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg where he gained a BA in Art History and English Literature. In 1951 he began extensive travels in Europe. He studied at the Academie Julian in Paris from 1952-53 and lectured in art history at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1953/54 and in 1954 was awarded an Italian Government Scholarship for one year. He attended the Accademie, Rome and also the Accademie di S. Giacomo in Rome from 1954/55 where he studied wood engraving. He moved between Paris and Rome where he taught Art, Art History, Ancient History and Languages at the Overseas School of Rome in 1955, 1959 and 1960. His address while he was living in Rome was 2 Piazza dell’Oro. On 9th May 1959 Cyril Fradan and six young American artists opened the “Appunto” Gallery at Via Gregoriana 46 in Rome which he managed and where he had a solo show in November 1959. In 1960 he relocated to London and in 1961 he held his first one-man show of 20 paintings at the Woodstock Galleries, London. He held further solo shows at Galerie d’Endt, Amsterdam; Galerie Kobenhaven, Copenhagen; Mercury Gallery, London; Tib Lane Gallery, Manchester; Galerie Sothmann, Amsterdam; Ash Barn Gallery, Petersfield; Plymouth Art Centre, Plymouth; Gallery 101, Johannesburg; Wolpe Gallery, Cape Town; Galerie Werkstatt, Bremen; York Festival; Galerie du Theatre, Geneva; Lidchi Gallery, Johannesburg; Kaplan Gallery, Cape Town; Galerie Balans, Amsterdam; Arts Council Gallery, Belfast; Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham; Andsdell Gallery, London; Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg; Goodman-Wolman Gallery, Cape Town; Pretoria Art Museum; S.A. Association of Arts, Pretoria; Neil Sack Gallery, Durban and Gallery 21, Johannesburg. In 1964/65 he taught History of Art at the London College of Printing and from 1966-68 at the Guildford College of Art. He also taught sculpture at the Sir John Cass School of Arts, London in 1972/73. For the first time in 1979 Cyril Fradan held, entirely on his own, a Studio Exhibition and Music Recital Festival at his studio at 23 Lower Addison Gardens, London. This exhibition went on to become an annual event where all the art works were by Cyril Fradan and the musicians were all young and professional. In 1986 the 8th Annual Festival included 41 performers over 19 days and was held under the Patronage of the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea. He also designed costumes for dramatic productions including the 1955 Margaret Inglis production of “Hamlet”. He also designed costumes for the 1966 Gordon Crosse production of W.B. Yeat’s “Purgatory”. In November 1986 he moved to Bangkok where he died in 1997. Work by Cyril Fradan is in the Public Collections of S.A. National Gallery, Cape Town; Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein; Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum (King George VI Art Gallery) Port Elizabeth; Pretoria Art Museum and UNISA, Pretoria. Work by Cyril Frdan has sold in Johannesburg, Paris, Geneva, London and the suburbs, Pietermaritzburg, Thailand, Houston Texas, Johannesburg etc.