Andries Gouws was born in Johannesburg in 1952. He studied Fine Arts in Cape Town (Michaelis School of Art, UCT), 'sHertogenbosch (Netherlands), Venice (Emilio Vedova), Düsseldorf (State Art Academy), and Amsterdam (Rijksakademie). In 1971 he worked under Corneille and Peter Kramer at the Salzburg International Summer Academy, where he was awarded the Academy's Rome Prize for that year.
He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy (Utrecht, Netherlands) and for many years taught philosophy at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, having previously taught in Rotterdam and Stellenbosch (Philosophy and Fine Arts Departments). As a philosopher his most widely known text is the satire "The Post-Modernist's Progress, or: Bluff Your Way in Post-Modernism".
Since moving to Stellenbosch in 2012, Gouws has painted full-time, punctuated by teaching art workshops, the most recent of which was hosted by the National Art School in Sydney, Australia.
Vertoef/Linger is Gouws’ fifth one man show at the KZNSA. Before Durban it went to the Pretoria Art Museum, and after Durban it will go to the Irma Stern Museum in Cape Town. He previously had one man shows in Chicago, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Johannesburg, Kimberley, Cape Town, Grahamstown, Oudtshoorn, Potchefstroom and Stellenbosch.