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Avhashoni Mainganye

b. Venda, Limpopo, South Africa, 1957.

Avhashoni Mainganye is an artist, art educator,  cultural activist and poet. An alumni of the Rorke’s Drift Art & Craft Centre, Mainganye has been instrumental in promoting artistic and cultural activity in Limpopo province. Initially producing art with strong social and political overtones, his work has become increasingly abstract,  with questions of African culture interfacing with broader humanist concerns. 



Phillipa Hobbs, Messages and Meaning: The MTN Art Collection, (David Krut Publishing, Johannesburg, 2006), 147)



Brett Kebble Awards 2004, (Marulelo Communications: Cape Town, 2004), 146-147)



Art education

1981-82 Rorke's Drift Art & Craft Centre, Kwa-Zulu Natal
1985-89 Funda Art Centre, Soweto, Johannesburg

Selected Exhibitions

2016 Johannesburg Art Fair, Johannesburg
2015 Art Santa Fe 2015, Sante Fe Convention Center, New Mexico, USA
2015 Opening the Drawers: A Limited Edition Print Pop Up Shop, David Krut Projects, Johannesburg
2015 Venda Tsonga Craft Art Exhibition, Madi a Thavha Lodge, Limpopo
2014 Work on Paper, Trent Gallery, Pretoria
2011 Collages, African Studies Centre, Leiden, Netherlands
2010 Journey, solo exhibition, iZArte, Zutphen, Netherlands
2008 Journey, solo exhibition, Association for the Visual Arts, Cape Town
2007 30 Years of Soweto Printmaking, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg
2006 Avashoni Mainganye and Sandile Zulu – New Works, David Krut Projects, Parkwood
2004 - 5 Soul Of Africa: Art as a Cornerstone for Development, The Development Bank of Southern Africa, Midrand
2000 Solo exhibition, Coker College, North Carolina, USA
1995 Spring Time in Chile, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago, Chile
1995 Africa95, Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom
1994 Artists for Peace, Geneva, Switzerland
1992 Solo exhibition, Polokwane Art Museum, Polokwane
1989  Women, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg
1988 VhaVenda / Shangaan Wood Sculptures, South African Association of Arts, Pretoria
1987 National Museum & Gallery, Gaborone, Botswana
1985 BMW Tributaries, Africana Museum in progress, Johannesburg
1985 Artimo (Art in Motion), Market Gallery, Johannesburg

Workshops & Residencies

2016 Transvisions in Wood, Karoo
2008 International AIDS Conference, Polokwane Art Gallery, Polokwane
2007 Triangle workshop, Isle of Tanera Mhor, Scotland
2006 Greatmore Studios residency, Cape Town
2005 Venda Land of Legends, Venda & Tsonga wood carving workshop, Netherlands
1999 Craft/Art, Joint wood carving workshop with Graham Jones, Grahamstown Arts Festival, Grahamstown
1995 Spring in Chile cultural exchange programme, Chile
1994 Koma, collaboration with Stefano Kofmehl of Locarno, Switzerland
1990  Soweto Action, Art Residency, France & Switzerland
1986 - 2006 Thupelo Art Workshops, Cape Town


2016 MEC Achievers Award, Limpopo Department of Arts and Culture, Polokwane
2008 Top five, Sasol Wax Art Awards, University of Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg
2007 Top ten, Sasol Wax Art Awards, University of Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg
2005 Achievers Award, Limpopo Mapungubwe Arts Festival, Polokwane
2004 Finalist, Brett Kebble Awards
1994 Participant, FNB Vita Awards


2014 Hosted the Ubuntu Trust, Thohoyandou Arts & Culture Centre, Thohoyandou
2009 Department of Arts and Culture's Arts & Craft Awards selecting panel
2004 - 5 Soul of Africa exhibition selecting panel, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Johannesburg
2001 Art teacher, printing, Feniks International 20th Anniversary, Belgium
2000 Art teacher, painting and printing at Coker College, United States
1999 Arts facilitator, Thohoyandou Arts and Culture Centre, Thohoyandou
1985 - 2006 United States - South Africa Leader Exchange Program (USSALEP)

Public collections

IBM South Africa, Cape Town
MTN, Johannesburg
Anglovalal Mining Company, Johannesburg
Fur Volkerkunde Museum, Hamburg, Germany
Totem Meneghelli Gallery, Johannesburg
Polokwane Art Museum, Polokwane
University of Zululand, Richards Bay
University Limpopo, Mankweng
University of Venda, Thohoyandou
The Ghandi Foundation, London, United Kingdom