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Gretha Helberg

Nickname: 'Annas'

Full time professional artist

Currently resides in: Western Cape, South Africa

Born in Chinhoyi Zimbabwe

After obtaining my degree in Graphic Design and History of Art at the PU for CHE (now North West University) in 2008, I started working for advertising agencies between 1998 and 2000, gaining valuable experience in the print and advertising industry in South Africa.

In March, 2000 I founded Gradico Visual Marketing Consultants CC in Kameeldrift West, Gauteng and managed this business for 8 years, doing corporate branding and photography for corporate clients such as Mercedes Benz Commercial Vehicles Centurion, Freightliner Truck Centre, LEAR Corporation SA (situated in Rosslyn) and Purion Networx.

In 2008 we moved to Jacobsbaai in the West Coast of South Africa and I became a stay-at-home freelance photographer and graphic designer, servicing clients in the tourism industry in the West Coast.

From February 2013 I became a full time artist in my home-based studio, Gretha Helberg Art Studio. I am currently preparing for my first solo exhibition "The Sea", that will be part of KKNK 2014.

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Business Address

Hopefield, Hopefield, South Africa, 7355

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Current Position(s)

Freelance Graphic Designer and Photographer | Gradico
Hopefield, South Africa | January 2013 - present

Online Media, Internet and E-Commerce

Doing freelance graphic design, e-mailing proofs, etc

Professional Artist | Gretha Helberg Art Studio
Hopefield, South Africa | January 2013 - present

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Printmaking, painting oil paintings, specialising in atmospheric seascapes.

Previous Position(s)

Art Gallery Owner and Curator | Pêrels & Pampoene Art Gallery
Hopefield, South Africa | March 2012 - December 2012

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Curating art gallery, working closely with artist from all over South Africa, especially West Coast and Swartland artists.

Serving coffee and "beskuit" to tourists visiting the art gallery.

Selling paintings, photographs, etchings, gifts and ceramics to tourists and visitors.

Marketing the gallery on a daily basis through Social Media networks.

Full time Artist / Freelance Graphic Designer | Art / Graphic Design | Sonvanger Studio / Gradico
Hopefield, South Africa | May 2008 - February 2012

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Doing printmaking in my studio.
Painting in my studio.
Meeting with clients and discussing their branding needs, giving them advice, taking photographs, preparing graphic design proofs, e-mailing proofs, etc.
Laision with Cape Town printers to complete printing projects for clients.

Owner | Gradico Visual Marketing Consultants CC
Schoemansville, South Africa | March 2001 - May 2008

Consulting and Project Management

Briefing clients regarding their branding needs.
Sending out quotes and samples to clients.
Doing photography and graphic design work for clients.
Sending out proofs and collecting signed proofs.
Managing the printing / branding projects in close co-operation with different printers in Gauteng.
Doing quality control to make sure printed goods are of excellent quality.
Managing the delivery of printed / branded goods to the clients.

Educational history


Hoërskool Hartbeespoort, Schoemansville, South Africa (1994)


Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education

Potchefstroom, South Africa | January 1995 - December 1997

Baccalaureus Artium (Art Direction) - Graphic Design and History of Art



Best Graphic Design of the month in the Minuteman Press group. | 1999

Vader Claerhout Book Prize | 1994

For the best achievement in Art in Matric 1994.

Madie Burger Trophy | 1994

For the most zealous art student in Matric.

Shortlist and nomination

Marketing Manager for SBTO | 2013

I have been on the shortlist for the post as Marketing Manager for Saldanha Bay Tourism Organisation.

media exposure

Lééf Magazine | 2012

Lééf interviewed me last year at my gallery, Pêrels & Pampoene Art Gallery, in Hopefield and they basically did an article about Hopefield where they also used photos of the gallery.

Academic Achievements

ATKV Certificate for Distinction in Afrikaans in Matric | 1994

Award for the best performance in Mathematics in Standard Grade, Matric. | 1994

Shared book prize for English St. 7 | 1991

Other Achievements

Certificate from De Wijk Kunsateljee for completing Printmaking Processes | 1993

The successful completion of a 1 year course in all the printmaking processes, such as etchings, tilographies, collographies, etc.

Secretary for the Art Committee of Hartbeespoort High School | 1993



Gereformeerde Kerk Saldanha en Vredenburg

Deacon, 2012 - present

Phoning and visiting members of our church and helping and supporting them emotionally and financially.

Other Activities

Cement Art and sculpturing

Manufacturer / Artist, 2012 - present

Unique and handmade, light-weight cement hearts. Weather resistant.
Either metal embossed, engraved or painted.


Recommendation from Reinet van Zyl and Li Nepgen

"Reinet van Zyl wrote: "Gretha is a very creative, energetic and talented person. She is warm and friendly and makes an effort to understand what her client want. She is a person of integrity and I enjoyed working with her."

Li Nepgen wrote: "Gretha is a fabulous gallery curator as she goes all out at promoting the works of artists work in her gallery."
" - 2012

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