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Thami Jali

b. Lamontville, Durban, South Africa, 1955.

Thami Jali is a painter and ceramicist. As an alumni of the Rorke’s Drift Art & Craft Centre he helped re-establish the ceramic studio when the centre re-opened in 2004. He is a multi-faceted artist whose art is at once forbidding and optimistic, giving voice to the man on the street and celebrating the diversity of South African cultures and languages.


Art education


1983-84 Ceramics, Natal Technikon, KwaZulu-Natal
1981-82 Rorke's Drift Art & Craft Centre, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Selected Exhibitions


2014 Restless Spirt, solo exhibition, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2014 Retroactive, KZNSA, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2011 Three Parts More Harmony, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2011 Amandla, Menzi Mchunu & Democratic Gallery, BAT Centre, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2010 Amandla, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2009 A Known Heritage,  Kizo Art Gallery at Gateway, Umhlanga,  Kwa-zulu Natal
2007 Transformation, solo exhibition, Menzi Mchunu Gallery, BAT Centre, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2004 InniBos Kunstefees, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga
1998 Ungqofo Ulalele, solo exhibition, Menzi Mchunu Gallery, BAT Centre, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
1997 New Dehli Triennale, Lalit Kala Akademi, India
1995 Africus Johannesburg Biennale ’95, Johannesburg
1995 38 Essex Road, NSA Gallery, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
1994 National Arts Trust Exhibition, BAT Centre, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
1993 ART OMI, International Artists Workshop, New York, USA
1991 & 1992 Thupelo Workshop Exhibition, Fuba Gallery, Johannesburg
1990 Vulamehlo – Open Eye,  Durban Art Gallery, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
1990 Art from South African Townships, Institute for Contemporary Arts, London, England
1989 Five Friends, NSA Gallery, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal (Paul Sibisi, Mpolokeng Ramphomane, Sifiso kaMkame, Gordon Gabashane and Thami Jali)
1989 Objects of Utility, Fuba Gallery, Johannesburg
1988 Friends of Freedom, Fuba Gallery, Johannesburg
1983 Art Communication, Indingilizi Gallery, Mbabane, Swaziland
1980 - 1982 Festival of African Art, University of Zululand, Richards Bay, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Workshops & Residencies


1997 Artist in Residence, Edgewood College, Wisconsin, USA
1990 Zabalaza Festival, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK

Awards


1982 First Prize in Sculpture, Festival of African Arts, University of Zululand, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Other


2017 Judge, PPC Imaginarium Awards
2004 Re-established the ceramics studio, Rorke's Drift Art & Craft Centre, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2000 Ceramic tile project, Matsulu Art Centre, Mpumalanga 
1991 Trustee, Community Mural Projects, Cultural Trust, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
1987 Taught pottery and sculpture, Mofolo Art Centre, Soweto, Johannesburg
1983-84 Founder of Art Communications, Natal Technikon, KwaZulu-Natal

Public collections


Campbell Collections, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Durban Art Gallery
South African National Gallery
Tatham Art Gallery
The Constitutional Court
University of Zululand