Johannes ´Outa Lappies´ Schoeman (born 1929) is a living legend in the South African desolate scenery, Karoo. Schoeman´s art is a visual document of his life: The nomad who wandered the valleys and flatlands of South Africa, picking up rubbish and pulling his rickshaw made from flattened tin cans, weathered wood, wire and broken coloured glass. He calls himself Outa Lappies, and his work revolves around lanterns and patchwork made of material picked up during the travels. Since childhood he has kept a visual journal of his life in hundreds of embroidered chapters on cloth. "This is the book of my life," he says. Johannes Schoeman´s work has been shown at major exhibitions by galleries in Belgium, Germany, England, Australia and the United States. He is also represented in The Fransie Pienaar Museum in Prince Albert, South Africa, and in 2000 he was chosen to be the ”Western cape personality of the year”.
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