Gregoire Boonzaier was born on July 31, 1909 in Cape Town. He is one of six children of the well known cartoonist, DC Boonzaier (1865-1950). Born into an artistic family, Gregoire began drawing at age six and it was around this time that he met Pieter Wenning and Anton van Wouw, artist who were regular guests of his parents. Seven years later he got a taste of painting when Moses Kottler, artist friend of his father, bought him his first paint set.
At age fourteen the artist's first oil paintings were exhibited at the Ashbey art gallery and later at the Darter gallery, Cape Town.
By the time he finished school in 1927 he had already sold 30 oil paintings. A year later he emb
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