Born - 1983, Pretoria, Johannesburg
Wilko draws his inspiration from his immediate surroundings, the people and especially the children in Paternoster, reflected in colours that are unique to his own style. Wilko Jacques Christiaan Roon, the youngest of three sons, was born in 1983 in Pretoria. Wilko performed well at school and like his two older brothers, was a top art student. After school hours his interest was cycling and he performed exceptionally well in down hill and cross country racing. On his way home, after a training session when he was in Grade 9, a car crossed the road and caused a devastating accident. After 2 months in a coma, partially being paralysed, with brain injuries, double vision, apraxia and bone fractures, Wilko started a long process of rehabilitation. Resulting from this rehabilitation he renewed his interest in art. In 2003 he moved with his parents to Paternoster in the Western Cape and there in 2006 started painting for the first time. A well known artist, Jan Visser, influenced him a great deal and combined with continuous encouragement and comments from his father, Wilko started to establish his own style. Since 2007 Wilko has been exhibiting and selling his work in Paternoster.