Rupert Hanley is an artist from South Africa known for his stylized portraits, wildlife paintings and landscapes of Namibia. During the presidential administration of Nelson Mandela, he was commissioned to create paintings as state gifts to exchange with visiting dignitaries. Recipients of Hanley’s works include former U.S. President Bill Clinton, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair, first President of the Russian Federation Boris Yeltsin and other heads of state.
In recent years, his work has focused on the wild animals found in Kruger National Park in northeastern South Africa, one of Africa’s largest game reserves. These include leopards, giraffes, zebras and elephants. Because he has spent so much time in the park, Hanley recognizes many of the elephants that reside there.
Hanley studied at the Port Elizabeth Art School in South Africa. His paintings are found in many well-known collections as well as at major corporations worldwide.