Cyril Coetzee has a Masters degree in Fine Art, a BA Honors degree in English (distinction). To further his research into color theory he has also studied at the Tobias School of Art in Sussex, and at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. He has served as a Fine Art lecturer at Port Elizabeth Technikon and as an Art History lecturer at University of the Witwatersrand. He has been a full-time artist since 1990.

Coetzee has exhibited internationally and was invited to hold solo retrospective exhibitions at the University of South Africa Gallery, Pretoria, and the Getrude Posel Gallery at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (1993).

Coetzee has curated or part-curated a number of exhibitions for the Standard Bank Gallery including: "Water: The Delicate Thread of Life", 2011, "Exact Imagination: 300 Years of Botanically Inspired Art in South Africa", 2014 and "Air: Inspiration-Expiration".

Coetzee has also written a monograph on the work of Harold Voigt ("The Poetry of Sight", 2006). Cyril offers regular workshops and master classes in painting