Hendrik Egbert Vos was born in Holland in 1946, and moved to South Africa at the age of two. Vos created humorous cartoons for The Star newspaper in 1968 and 1969. He has also worked as a commercial artist.
With his keen attention to detail, Vos is most famous for his wildlife paintings. He has displayed this work all over the world, including exhibitions in New York, Holland, and Zimbabwe. His painting of elephants entitled “Survival of the Giants” became the symbol for African campaigns to save the elephants, and his epic “Painting of the Century” depicts the Durban July horse race. He was honored to exhibit his work at the World Wilderness Congress in 1977.