Born in 1958, ZAPIRO (aka Jonathan Shapiro) went through school in Cape Town, architecture at UCT, conscription, activism, detention and a Fulbright Scholarship to New York before establishing himself as South Africa’s best-known and most-awarded cartoonist.
He has worked continuously for Mail & Guardian since 1994, Sunday Times since 1998 and The Times since 2009. Previously he was also editorial cartoonist for Sowetan and Independent Newspapers. He has published 18 best-selling annuals as well as The Mandela Files,VuvuzelaNation (a collection of his sporting cartoons) and Democrazy (a collection of his cartoons spanning the 20 years of SA’s democracy).
He has won numerous South African and International. In 2011 the magazineJeune Afrique voted him one of the 50 most influential people in Africa.