Ronald Martin West was born in Stellenbosch in 1974. From childhood Ronald had a keen interest in art. His formal art training only started in high school, when he joined the PJ Olivier Art Centre with sculpture as his main subject.
Ronald matriculated from Paul Roos Gymnasium in 1992, moving on to study graphic design. Ronald was soon confronted by the linear and analytical side of the Graphic Design course and realized that a diploma in Graphic Design would mean he would be restricted to a desk. He only finished his first year and also his 8 years absence from art.
Ronald worked for a very well known office automation company for several years until his wife, Jolene, bought him his first art easel. Ronald painted at every chance he was given. One night in November 2002 Ronald was awakened by such a vivid dream that he knew he could not go on with his life as a salesman. He had to pursue his hearts desire, ART. On that Monday he resigned and took up his brushes and paint and has never looked back since.
Ronald's paintings were used to create the wine label series 'Fat Ladies'.Ronald has also represented SA at the Saffafair fest, London 2004.