Muller Ballot is an art historian, art consultant and author. He obtained his PhD in 1969 after studying at the University of Pretoria and the University of Ghent, Belgium.
He has published books on South African artists: Christo Coetzee (1999), Bettie Cilliers-Barnard (1996 and 2006) and Maggie Laubser (2015 and 2016). For the last two mentioned publications the author received a grant from the National Department of Higher Education and Training which enables him to visit Belgium for advanced research in 2018.
Among the positions he held are Professor and Head of the Department of Art History, North West University, Potchefstroom (1965-91); Director of the University Museum (comprising the Sasol Art Museum and U.S. Art Gallery), Stellenbosch University (1991-2000); and Cultural Attaché, South African Embassy, Bonn, Federal Republic of Germany (1981-85).
From 1978 to 1981 he held office as the elected National President of die S.A. Association of Arts.
The Stals Prize for Art History was awarded to him by the South African Academy of Science and Arts in1997.
In his spare time he builds ceramic works by hand and has exhibited these since 2006