Madrid - South African artist William Kentridge has been awarded one of the annual Princess of Asturias prizes, with organisers describing his work as Africa's most outstanding contribution to international contemporary art.
Kentridge, 62, was born in Johannesburg. His cartoons, or "hand-drawn films," engravings and sculptures have been recognised internationally with exhibitions in the Louvre in Paris and the MOMA in New York.
Describing him as "a meticulous and profound creator," prize organisers said on Thursday that Kentridge used drawings to express "emotions and metaphors related to South African history and its socio-political reality".
The €50 000 ($54 600) award is one of eight Asturias prizes handed out yearly by a foundation named for Crown Princess Leonor.
Other categories include social sciences, sport and scientific research. They are presented annually.