Herbert Diener

Titel: Cloudy Afternoon
Medium: Aquarell
Size: 17,5 x 28 cm

Titel: Distant Mountains
Medium: Aquarell
Size: 18,5 x 23,5 cm

Titel: Spitzkoppe
Medium: Aquarell
Size: 30 x 46 cm

About the Artist

Herbert Diener

1914 – Grootfontein 1983 – Windhoek

Worked in watercolor; subject matters: landscapes and wildlife


Although born in Grootfontein, his family moved to Windhoek early and Herbert Diener grew up in the capital – His father resided in Namibia as a bookkeeper for the vast possessions of August Stauch to Namibia. When the German banks had to adjust their operations and new companies were established in Windhoek, the family moved to Windhoek. In 1920 he attended the Kaiserliche Realschule in Windoek. He graduated in 1932.

Herbert Diener studied on the request of his father 1932 law at the University of Cape Town before he went overseas and studied in 1937 dentistry in Heidelberg, Germany. While visiting SWA / Namibia he has been arrested and sent to Andalusia, South Africa. In Andalusia, he devoted himself to painting. He always loved to paint, but had no formal education.

1947 Herbert Diener settled in Windhoek, where he worked as an auditor for “South West Agencies “ later known as “ Shell “. Shell reproduced also three of his paintings ( Waterberg, Omatako & Naukluft )as high quality prints.

He traveled extensively through the country, where he took photography’s and made sketches. Only in 1969 he started his career as a fulltime artist in his own studio. He was also known as keen art collector.

He died in 1983 at the consequences of a second heart attack.


1972 Art Association Windhoek

Public Collection:

Standard Bank – Namibia, Art Association Heritage Trust, Windhoek