hugo maritz was born in windhoek in 1975. after matriculating at linden high school in johannesburg in 1993, hugo obtained a ba (philosophy and psychology) degree at the rand afrikaans university. although he never studied art, he started drawing at a very young age. in 1993 well-known arts critic and lecturer nico van rensburg took him under his wing and taught him more about composition and painting.
as a child, hugo, spent a most of his time drawing comic strip characters, which is where he developed his sense of proportion. as his ability grew, his style developed towards realism, which laid an important foundation for his future work. he has since moved towards a more abstract and cubist style in his paintings.
hugo has done eleven solo exhibitions and he exhibited his work for the first time at the age of 15. he has an enthusiastic following in south africa and abroad, with works in private and corporate collections worldwide.
hugo’s paintings consist of a many layered approach that start with acrylics and end with oils. he begins with sharp contrasts in black and white and then refines the composition to different scales of colour from dark to light, revealing the final work by modulating the strength of contrasts to create a dance of focal points that gives aesthetic pleasure to the eye.