Eksteen was born in Zastron in the Free State. He studied Fine Art at the University of Pretoria and at the University of South Africa then spent several years working in related fields, from digital design to interior decorating. Since 1996 he works as a Visual Artist in Durban.
His work relies on both figurative and abstract painting traditions in the creation of pieces that represent the physical appearance of his sitters and explores their inner state of mind.
“The works attempt to visually dissect and deconstruct the subject matter in the pursuit of an understanding of the dynamics and transient nature of the 21st century psyche,” he says.