Keith Joubert South African, 1948-2013

Keith Joubert had a peripatetic childhood, with frequent moves as a result of his father's work as a mining surveyor. The family also made regular visits to the Kruger National Park, which helped to form Joubert's early interest in wildlife. After graduating from the Johannesburg School of Art with a degree in industrial design,


Joubert began his career as a commercial artist, producing book illustrations, political cartoons and later working in the advertising industry. By 1970 Joubert was painting full time, working mainly from a tent in the bush. As well as setting up a studio in the Selati Game Reserve, he travelled widely around Southern Africa, including to Namibia, Cameroon and Mozambique. His work is in many corporate and private collections around the world. 


Keith's family members had a very lovely opinion about him. They would frequently say that Keith was a caring person and was always willing to aid others and put them before him.


Joubert's passion for art and creativity is often linked to a great deal of life he spent in Bushveld. He is remembered to have finally abandoned city life permanently and started working from a studio in the Selati Game Reserve. Always a passionate traveler and devoted explorer, Joubert explored Southern Africa and became familiar with Namibia, located on the north to Ivory Coast, Cameron, Mozambique, East Africa, Botswana, and the Okavango Basin where he had a houseboat and a beautiful studio camp on the Linyanti River.


Keith's works are to be searched out in a number of corporate and private collections worldwide. Believing that possessions complicated his life and disbelieving a materialistic life, he settled for his four-wheel-drive vehicle, tent, and camp bed. He is survived by his primary love, his wife Val, and secondary love, which is nature.


Jubert is one of Africa's most successful contemporary artists. His work has been featured in many corporate and personal collections around the world. However, success did not complicate his life, and he maintained a wonderfully carefree and simple presence. Success can bring material benefits, but it often brings unnecessary responsibilities. Jubert was a restless man. Keith Joubert resided and painted some eye-catching portraits on the banks of the Linyanti Swamp in Northern Botswana.


His studio, likewise his bedroom, used to be a tent in the winter and a simple tarpaulin during the hot summer months. Keith also owned a large farm near the northern part of Kruger Park where he would usually visit by elephants and other teaming games at his open aesthetic bush studio. He is always remembered as a real artist who lived in tents and bush studios, and justified the essence of painting.