During his career as the lead singer of Springbok Nude Girls, and subsequently as a bilingual solo artist; with recordings in both English and Afrikaans; Arno has released multiple albums, spawned a string of successful singles & received numerous awards including Best Rock Album, Best Alternative Album & Song of the Year. Arno has headlined every major South African music festival, performed at the Isle of Wight Festival, Glastonbury, V Festival, T in the Park & Hard Rock Calling and toured with The Rolling Stones, U2, REM, INXS, Bryan Ferry, Simple Minds, Ultravox, Paulo Nutini and The Police. Arno also features as lead vocalist and co-writer on three tracks on the Mike & The Mechanics 2011 album The Road.
He’s been called “The godfather of South African Rock” by Mail & Guardian & Sunday Times have hailed him as “One of the most prolific songwriters & performers of our time”
Arno is also a celebrated fine artist who paints in oils or acrylic on canvas and draws with charcoal on paper. He has collaborated with Beezy Bailey and the late Bared de Wet. His work can be viewed and purchased online at www.arnocarstensfineart.com or in person via appointment in Simonstown, Cape Town at his home based studio and gallery.