Conrad Hicks was born in Cape Town in 1966. He studied Art and Design at The Cape Technikon and graduated with a distinction in 1986. Conrad specializes in hand-forged metalwork and uses this technique in his sculptures as well as in his architectural and interior design projects.
His forge is housed in The Bijou, an old Art Deco cinema in Observatory, which he bought and began restoring in 1998. Conrad’s designs are influenced by the time he spends at the forge developing his own methods, ”My best products come directly from a personal exploration of the materials and process”. He remains true to the craft, avoiding welding as valueless, with no symbolic meaning. Conrad works on a broad variety of commissions which range from architectural projects to sculptures for private collections.