Stopforth studied at the Johannesburg School of Art and was awarded British Council Scholarship to attend the Royal College of Art in London; he and his wife Carol made the decision to leave South Africa in 1988, perhaps the bleakest year of the state of emergency period. Over the course of his career, he has held numerous one-person exhibitions both in South Africa and in the U.S.A. and has been the recipient of numerous awards and residencies. Public collections holding his works include the Harvard Film Archive, the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Tufts University Gallery, the National Gallery, Cape Town, the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Durban Art Museum, the Pretoria Art Gallery, and University of the Witwatersrand Art Galleries. Stopforth is especially noted for an important series of drawings based on the death of the Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko. He taught in the Visual and Environmental Studies Department at Harvard for 10 years and at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Currently he works full time in his studio, teaching and speaking seasonally at Provincetown’s Fine Arts Work Center.