Anthony Stidolph (STIDY) was born in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe) and grew up on a remote farm in the Nyanga District.

He was educated at Umtali Boys High School and then went on to obtain a BA Degree at the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg.

STIDY emigrated to South Africa in 1984 and worked at 'SCOPE' magazine as a Features Editor/Illustrator until 1988. After a short stint at Laughing Stock magazine he was appointed Political Cartoonist at the Natal Witness (becoming the first person to be employed full-time in this job in the paper's 163-year history), a position he has now held for the last twenty-years.

Besides his work at the Witness, STIDY has contributed numerous cartoons and humourous illustrations to a wide variety of publications and illustrated more than 20 books, a sideline that has given him a national audience beyond the regional boundaries of the paper’s circulation.

STIDY has also brought out two collections of his own work (“Riding the Rainbow: The Best of Stidy’s Cartoons 1991-1995” and “Over the Rainbow: The First 10-Years of South Africa’s Democracy in Cartoons”, published in 2003) and held three exhibitions of his work: a solo exhibition at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg in 1995, a joint, EU-sponsored, exhibition with fellow cartoonists Jonathan Shapiro (Zapiro) and the creators of Madam & Eve at the Tatham in Pietermaritzburg and the Museum of Africa in 2004 and an exhibition with his two sisters, artists Sally Scott and Nicola Rosselli, at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2008.

In 2009 his work was included in a collection of South Africa's best political cartooning of the year, entitled 'DON'T JOKE! The Year in Cartoons' and again in 2010 in 'JUST FOR KICKS!'.

That same year Stidy won the prestigious Vodacom 2010 Cartoonist of the Year award.[read story]

In the following video clip Stidy chats to Stephen Coan about his career as the cartoonist for South Africa's longest-running newspaper, and writes about it [HERE]

Cartoons by Stidy

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