abrizio Caforio,
or "Fuz" as he prefers to be called, was born from Italian parentage in Johannesburg, South Africa. From his home in Africa, close to the creatures of nature that grace his art, he can trace his creative roots to Florence, Italy, where his Great Grandfather was a sculptor.

Recognizing his artistic gift from a young age, Fuz has been painting for more than half of his life.

Fuz has devoted the last two decades of his career to the study of large cats, refining technique and style to capture these magnificent felines on canvas.


"Fuz Caforio has been involved with De Wildt since 1993 and has been a wonderful and loyal supporter and friend. His art, more than any other artist I know, captures the spirit of the animals he paints. His cheetah works speak of the trust, vulnerability and beauty of this charismatic cat. Fuz paints what I feel in my heart – love and admiration for the animal".
Ann van Dyk
Founder: De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust

The exquisite detail and life-like quality of his art comes from painstaking research. Much time is spent in the wild bush and at breeding research stations collecting all the necessary reference material before he goes into the studio to paint.

Fuz Caforio's style can be described as painterly realism; the medium being acrylic on canvas. His early design career was highlighted by his emergence as a consummate illustrator and this is when the desire to paint was born. He trained for three years as under-study to the late Proffessore Pagi, who taught him the finer skills of painterly application. He has refined his skill and technique over the years to a point where fur patterns and textures are vividly and authentically reproduced.
Fuz's paintings have become highly sought after. In recent years, he has immersed himself in commissioned works, painting for exclusive game lodges, corporate and private collectors.

Support for Conservation:

Through his work, Fuz has helped to raise funds for many non-governmental conservation organisations. These include: The WWF, The Endangered Wildlife Trust, The Honorary Rangers of South Africa, Birdlife South Africa, DeWildt Cheetah Research, Dr. Jane Goodall, The Endangered Species Protection Unit, the Born Free Foundation, The Wildlife College and the Nedbank Green Trust.


In 1995, Fuz was honoured to present his painting of an African Wild Dog to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh on board the Royal Yacht "Britannia".

Special Achievements:

  • 2011 - Leopard Conservation Project
    Launch of exclusive Leopards of Africa Calendar
  • 2010 - Brookfield Zoo of Chicago
    Donation of polar bear painting titled “Northern White” to fundraising auction for the new Great Bear Wilderness Exhibit
  • 2009 - Japan Wildlife Center
    Group exhibition at Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Tokyo
  • 2006 - 2006 Wildscape Wildlife Artist of the Year
    UK Wildscape magazine
  • 2006 - Eagle Award
    Birdlife South Africa's annual award for contributions to conservation
  • 2005 - Bronze Medallion
    The Wildlife Artist's Society International Exhibition
  • 2005 - Highly Commended
    NEWA National Exhibition of Wildlife Art- England
  • 2004 - Silver Medallion
    The Wildlife Artist's Society International Exhibition
  • 2002 - Shamwari
    Commission to paint the raptors of the Eastern Cape for the exclusive Eagle’s Crag Lodge
  • 2001 - First Place ribbon at the Florida Wildlife Expo. (Miniatures)
  • 2000 - Cheetah Award- Endangered Wildlife Trust
    In recognition of contribution to the Trust
  • 1995 - Presentation to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh