Johan Rabe, a qualified Civil Engineering Technician, was born in Cape Town in 1952 and was exposed to motorsport through his father from a very young age. The family attended many race meetings, and his passion for the sport, as well as for cars, became part of his life.
His favourite pastime from primary school days, was to do pencil drawings of racing cars, as well as cars in general. In later years he started working in watercolours, then oils and since 1998 he discovered that acrylics is the most suitable medium for his work.
While living in Kommetjie and Simon’s Town in the 1980’s and early 1990’s, he was a member of the Fish Hoek Art Society and took part in exhibitions of the Society. He also undertook a number of commissions over the years, mostly for persons involved in motorsport.
However, he lacked exposure of his work since moving to Oudtshoorn at the beginning of 1993 apart from two occasions when his work was selected for the annual winter exhibition of the well-known Strydom Art Gallery in George. This resulted in some sales, but his annual exhibitions since 2010 at the George Old Car Show, as well as the Knysna Motorshows, gave car enthusiasts the opportunity to get a real taste of his art.
Limited edition prints of a number of his paintings are available and he will undertake commissions on request.