Coral Fourie (neé Knobel) was born in Mahikeng in 1937. She spent a large part of her formative years in the Kalahari and Botswana where she befriended and built steady friendships with the Bakwena tribe of Batswana, Bakgalagadi, G/hana, G/wii and Khua San peoples. The impressions which impacted most on her psyche, however, were doing traditional wall paintings with mud and cow dung with her playmates’ mothers and watching Bushmen doing etchings on ostrich eggshells.
She has lived with her husband, Jan, and four children in Lichtenburg, Pietersburg, Thabazimbi, Tsolo in the Transkei, Lebowa, and Hartswater (teaching in Taung). She presently resides in Parys in the Free State.