Born in 1976, Stephen Rautenbach’s creative quality probably started when he was about a year old – building towers with blocks and knocking them down when they weren’t perfect, tearing the page up when he went over a line when colouring in. It carried on when he was fortunate enough to attend Lawson Brown High in Port Elizabeth and was able to do a full-on art matric – ceramics, graphic design, textile design and painting.The real grounding came when studying sculpture and drawing at, what is now, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University under the tutelage of David Jones and Anton Momberg. As resident artist at the PACE in Port Shepstone he was able to broaden his thinking while working with talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Moving on, he honed his technical skills working as a fettler in a bronze foundry in Stellenbosch.
This was followed with a stint as guest lecturer at Stellenbosch University and a bit more than four years teaching sculpture and drawing at Somerset College. Currently, Stephen has his own gallery and studios in Stellenbosch. Full time sculpting has caused a burst of energy reflected in a wide range of bronze sculptures being created.