The Cartist


Short Biography

The Cartist – Clive Botha is an automotive artist, designer and illustrator based in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth, which forms part of the greater metropolitan area of Nelson Mandela Bay.  Home of South Africa's automotive industry, Nelson Mandela Bay is a global, turbo-charged engine for the manufacture and export of vehicles.  It is home to Volkswagen (the largest automotive manufacturer on the African continent), as well as tyre manufacturers, Continental, Goodyear and many more automotive component manufacturers and suppliers.

Drawing as a young boy, Clive drew a lot of inspiration from cars as he grew up in the 'motor city of South Africa'.  His passion for art led him to study graphic design at the Port Elizabeth Technikon, now part of the Nelson Mandela University.  He sidelined his love for art and dedicated the past decade to building a media and communications agency which focuses on automotive-related industries, as well as test driving vehicles for various brands.  However, over the past few years he rediscovered his passion for motoring art, dusted off his sketch pad and pencils and reimmersed himself into his passion.  He went on to create 'The Cartist' that specifically focuses on his love for automotive art and illustration and has since done work for large corporate brands as well as for customers nationally and internationally.

He mainly works in graphic marker, coloured pencil, graphite and pen, however, he does not focus on one particular style or medium.  He often incorporates pastel, gouache and airbrushing in his artwork which range from quick sketches to highly finished renderings as well as amazing 3D anamorphic optical illusions.  He would describe himself as a perfectionist and is extremely detail-oriented, but at the same time he also enjoys being a bit more expressive in his work.

Over the years Clive has also travelled to leading automotive manufacturing countries such as the USA, Germany, Italy, France and England, which further fuelled his passion for cars and for motoring.   He has had the opportunity to visit numerous motoring showrooms, motoring museums and racetracks, where he test drove some of the world’s most iconic supercars, such as Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren and Corvette, to name a few.

In 2016, he was accepted as a full member of the prestigious British Guild of Motoring Artists.  This is a great honour and he is extremely proud to represent South Africa on this distinguished platform.


The Guild of Motoring Artists

The Guild of Motoring Artists (GMA) is a prestigious worldwide group of artists, designers and engineers who share a common interest in automotive art and whose work shows a strong commitment to motoring subjects. 

The GMA first started in 1986 and, over the years, has attracted some of the best automotive artists through its worldwide membership, including members from North and South America, Australasia and across Europe.  In order to maintain a high standard, admission to the Guild is subject to a rigorous selection process.  The membership is currently just over 60 artists.


News & Media Features

The Cartist has been featured in various news publications.  Click the links below to view the articles on the respective media websites.    

PressReader  Published in the Print Media (PDF)