Hannetjie De Clerq was born in 1958. Her career started at the age of 18 in Pretoria, where she exhibited her work successfully for the first time. With no formal art training Hannetjie has perfected the art of combing a medieval iconography interconnected with 20th century. Her timeless emotions that she captures in her artworks, has also become a distinct trademark of her work.
Her preferred media that she works in is tempera, watercolor and oil on canvas and the inspiration for the special techniques she uses in painting, comes from frescoes and icons from the middle ages, especially Giottos work.
Hannetjie de Clercq has been acknowledged as one of South Africas top artists by SASOL where her work forms part of the impressive SASOL ART COLLECTION where she shares this honor with other famous South African artists like Walter Battis, Gregiore Boonzaier, Frans Claerhout, Robert Hodgins, Gordon Vorster and Louis Jansen van Vuuren, amongst others.
Her paintings can be found in many places, corporate and private collections all over South Africa as well as in private collections in London, Paris, Amsterdam and New York.
She now lives in a quiet countryside village, Riebeek-Kasteel in the Western Cape, South Africa.