Our gallery in Clarens was conveniently located in the Willows Lifestyle Centre and was certainly a highlight for anyone visiting the town.

Over the years, we have perfected a 1000-year-old traditional method of manipulating wood to create our canvases. We use inlays of eggshell, mother-of-pearl and a variety of other materials (such as coin, stone and paper) to create truly unique designs. Our plates are eclectic, contemporary and exotic, and incorporates African and Western influences. Our art is currently only available in the form of large plates (1.5m in diameter) and are for sale at our online store on our website.

Before we endeavoured to become as “high-tech” as possible – a difficult feat for people who produce and love beautiful but tangible objects – all of our works were displayed and sold in our four art galleries across South Africa, and at specific international art exhibitions. The art galleries were located in Clarens in the Free State, Hazyview in Mpumalanga and Franschhoek and Knysna in the Western Cape. Our strategy changed a few years ago when we decided to focus on the creative process and the distribution of our product, instead of running and managing our own galleries. Presently, we are focussed on international online sales and building long-lasting relationships with independent art galleries all over the world.

Here is an overview of our galleries that were once the very representation of the Artefunto brand. In many ways, these special locations shaped our vision and what we strive to be today.


A piece of art is often the result of fluid fragments or a series of transformations. Our art gallery in the heart of Clarens was enjoyed by a diverse community. It was the type of location that cultivated artistic expression, transformation and fluidity. Ideas initially formed through personal experience, turned into broader contemplation about our rich African culture and heritage and the way in which it can be fused with Eastern insights and philosophy.

Situated in the Maluti Mountains near Golden Gate, the art gallery was founded around the idea of experimenting with different materials. As the original impetus changed and techniques evolved, new possibilities were uncovered. Clients attested to the depth and detail of our artwork and visiting the gallery was certainly a highlight for those visiting Clarens.


This gallery was situated on the Sabie/Hazyview Road. There were regular sightings of animals in the evenings, specifically hippo, which made for an “Out of Africa” experience.
We exhibited beautiful hand-painted wooden art plates with as many as 14 layers of lacquer, ranging from 67cm to 1.25m in diameter. We focused on a range of wildlife and Africa-specific designs, which were very sought after by international tourists visiting the world-famous Kruger National Park.


Located a mere one-hour drive from Cape Town, is the picturesque town of Franschhoek. It was founded in 1688 by French Huguenots and is also known as Olifants Hoek. On the wine route and with annual literary and food and wine festivals, Franschhoek always has something going on, even on the most ordinary of days.

Our art gallery in Franschhoek also sold beautiful hand-painted wooden plates with up to 14 layers of lacquer, ranging from 67cm to 1.25m in diameter. Our range in this gallery was focused on landscapes and wine-related designs, which did extremely well with European visitors.


Knysna is one of the most beautiful and picturesque towns in South Africa. Our gallery was located in the world-famous Knysna Waterfront and we sold a mix of African eclectic and sail boat-related designs. Knysna is known for being a popular sailing destination.

Our history of owning and managing art galleries has taught us a great deal. Today, we endeavour to share our experiences and knowledge with other art galleries, art enthusiasts and, of course, our clients.

If you would like to see our latest collection of art plates and designs, please view our portfolio at www.artefunto.com

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