Marlene Dumas is a South African artist. She lives and works in Amsterdam since 1977. In the past Dumas has produced paintings, collages, drawings, prints and installations. Today she works mainly with the techniques oil on canvas and ink or watercolour on paper. Almost all of Marlene Dumas' works are based on a photographic template that she has taken herself or taken from the media.
Dumas studied visual arts at the University of Cape Town and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1976. Afterwards she emigrated to the Netherlands. During her art studies in Cape Town, Dumas worked with drawings, collages, painting and occasionally sculpture. Her main motif, the human figure, was already clearly expressed during this experimental period.