Photo of Mandla Mabila

Mandla Mabila

b. Barberton, Mpumalanga, 1969. d. 2012

Mandla Mabila’s allegorical self-portraits drew from childhood experiences and memories raising issues around disability.

Arts Education

1993-1997 BA Fine Art, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Exhibitions (solo)

2008 Mentors of excellence, Disability Lifestyle Expo, Nasrec, Johannesburg
2001 From where I’m sitting, Standard Bank Art Gallery, Johannesburg
2000 Brushstrokes, Bill Ainslie Gallery, Johannesburg

Exhibitions (group)

2007 Soul of Africa, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Johannesburg
2006 Turn the table, ArtSpace, Fairland, Johannesburg. Traditional values – Innovative ideas, Rand Merchant Bank, Johannesburg. Artists in conversation, Wits Art Galleries, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
2005 Artists in conversation, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria
2002 Beyond barriers, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg. Perceptions, ArtSpace, Fairland, Johannesburg
2001 Friends of the Standard Bank, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg
2000 Weft & Warp, Johannesburg Civic Art Gallery, Civic Theatre, Johannesburg. Artichoke, Sandton Civic Gallery, Sandton, Johannesburg. Mnemosyne, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Disability Renaissance, (with Tommy Motswai and Elvis Ntombela) BAT Centre, Durban
1999 Art and Soul Festival, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, USA. Visions of the future – World’s largest canvas interactive exhibition participation, Johannesburg Civic Art Gallery, Johannesburg. Transgressing normalcy, Bela Bela Township, Warmbaths
1998 Bringing up baby: artists survey the reproductive body, Standard Bank National Arts Festival, Grahamstown; Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town. Family ties, Sandton Civic Gallery, Sandton, Johannesburg
1997 Fifty stories, Carlton Centre, Johannesburg. Martinessen Prize, Gertrude Posel Gallery, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
1996 Martinessen Prize, Gertrude Posel Gallery, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
1991 Student show, State theatre, Pretoria

Publications (illustrations)

2009 Kobus Moolman (ed.), Tilling the Hard Soil, University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, Durban

Publications (reviews & exhibition catalogues

2008 Sabine Marschall, Transforming symbolic identity: Wall art and the South African identity, African Arts, Summer, p. 21
2001:Shelley Barry, Politicising disability through arts and culture: an interview with Mandla Mabila, Disabilty World, Issue no. 9, July-August. Michael Coulson, Financial Mail, September 7
2001Kathryn Smith,Art Bio:Mandla Mabila, Artthrob, September
1998 Terry Kurgan, Bringing up baby: artists survey the reproductive body, Bringing Up Baby Project, Cape Town


2008 Mentors of Excellence Award, Nasrec, Johannesburg. South African Disabled Musicians Association Award, Diepkloof Hall, Soweto
2005 Nominated for Brett Kebble Awards.
2000 National winner, UBS Art Award, Camouflage Art, Parkwood, Johannesburg
1998-1999 Postgraduate Merit Award, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
1997 Top Achievers Award for disabled students, Coca Cola-Wits Foundation, Johannesburg


Gauteng Legislature


2008-2011 Standard generating bodies and national qualification framework specialist, MAPPP-SETA, Johannesburg
2007 Acting skills planning and Projects manager, MAPPP-SETA, Johannesburg
2005 Implementation coordiantor, MAPPP-SETA, Johannesburg
2004 Regional Coordinator, MAPPP-SETA, Johannesburg
2002-2003 Information and disability coordinator, Create South Africa, Johannesburg
2002 Painting tutor, Fine Art Department, Wits School of Arts, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
2001 Assistant graphic design, Computer and Network Services, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
1998 Drawing research assistant, Rock Art Research Unit, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
1997 Research assistant, Disabled Student Programme; People awareness of disability issues, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Assistant designer, International Association of Art Critics, Johannesburg
1996 Student assistant, Central Admissions Office, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Mandla MabiliaBringing up Baby: Artists survey the reproductive body. Terry Kurgan. 1998