Gordon Vorster was born in Warrenton, near Kimberley, on the 17th of September 1924.
Being a diamond digger, his father led a nomadic life and, through accompanying him on his trips, Gordon got to know the Kalahari and Griqualand at an early stage of his life. He was educated at the Diamantveld Hoërskool in Kimberley and originally intended to become an accountant. During the war he joined the S.A. Air Force and saw service in North Africa and Italy. His experiences in Italy fostered an interest in art which resulted in his decision to study instead, and he did so at the University of the Witwatersrand.
In 1950 he joined the Killarney Film Studios as Art Director where he was involved with many documentary and feature films as a writer, producer and director. He kept to this until 1963 when he decided to stop full-time filming in order to devote all his attention to his paintings. He started exhibiting in 1964 and the enthusiasm of the critics and art collectors encouraged him to take this step.
He built himself a house at the confluence of the Crocodile and Juskei rivers and concentrated on painting . His works now hang in South African art museums and in corporate and private collections in South Africa and overseas.
He was an accomplished actor, and was awarded the 'Oscar' of the Motion Picture Producer's Association for his performance in the film 'Pappa Lap'. He also won two Star Tonight Awards for 'The Story of an African Farm' and 'The Pain'.
Gordon 's first novel, 'The Textures of Silence', won the prestigious Golden Cape prize.