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Manfred Zylla

b. Augsburg, Germany, 1939. Lives between Munich & Cape Town

Manfred Zylla uses drawing, painting and printmaking to produce biting commentaries on global politics, economy and ecology.

Work created for various Handicap International campaigns

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Art Education

1959-1960: Mostly self taught, student with Prof. Butz at the Art Academy in Augsburg, Germany
1957-1960: Apprenticeship as a lithographer in Augsburg, Germany.

Exhibitions (solo)

2014 Prints & Drawings 1960 - 1990, Lanz 7 Gallery, Munich, Germany
2014 I want to Swim a Thousand Miles, ErdmannContemporary, South Africa
2013 120 Days of Sodom, Munich, Germany
2012 In Retrospect; Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa
2012 In Retrospect; William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberly, South Africa
2012 In Retrospect; Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth
2010 Future Memories; Centro Luigi Di Sarro, Rome, Italy
2010: Again and Again, Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town. Future Memories, Centre Luigi Di Sarro, Rome.
2008: New Paintings, Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town. Faces of Saron, Suidoosterfees, Artscape. Portraits, Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, Oudtshoorn, South Africa.
2007: Faces of Vredendal, Artscape, Cape Town.2004: Gallery Momo, Johannesburg.
2005: Work on Paper, Erdmann contemporary, Cape Town.
2003: Interim, Munich. Obz Cafe, CapeTown.
1993: Dritte Welt Cafe, Munich. Ecke Gallery Kneipe, Augsburg.
1992: Glokenbachwerkstatt, Munich.
1991: Art des Foyer, Munich.
1990: Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town.
1986: Amnesty International, Munich.1980: South African Association of Art, Cape Town.1978: Kleine Schlossgalerie, Munich.
1975: Space, Cape Town.
1966: Ecke Stuben, Augsburg, Germany.
1965: Obere Stube, Ulm, Germany.

Group Exhibitions (South Africa)

2020  Cafe Ganesh, Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa
2016  Beyond Binaries. Essence Festival, Durban
2015  ‘Co-Existence part II – Manfred Zylla, Garth Erasmus and Antonin Mares’, Erdmann Contemporary (Click here for opening remarks)
2015  Co-Existence II, group exhibition, Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town
2015  Beijing Biennale, Beijing, China
2015  Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa
2015  Breaking Surface, Galerie NOKO, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
2015  The Industrial Karoo - Fear and Loss, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria
2014  The Industrial Karoo - Fear and Loss, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein
2014  The Trouble With Memory, Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town
2014  The Secret Garden, Museo di Villa Vecchia, Rome, Italy
2014  Twenty: Contemporary South African Art, The Appalachian State University, North Carolina, USA
2013  Crossing the Divide, ErdmannContemporary, Cape Town, South Africa
2013  Zylla & Erasmus, EineWeltHaus, Munich, Germany
2013  Re-Drawn Conclusion, ErdmannContemporary, Cape Town
2010  (with Garth Erusmas, Rod Sauls and Niklas Zimmer) As Is, Breytenbachsentrum, Wellington, South Africa.
2008  Painful Earth, Gallery Momo, Johannesburg.
2007  Artseasons, Franchhoek. (With Garth Erasmus & Roderick Sauls) Riempie Vasmaak, Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town.
1985  Art for Peace, Baxter Theatre Gallery (organised by End Conscription Campaign).
1984  (With Paul Grendon), South African Association of Art, Cape Town.
1980  Biennale, Cape Town.

Group Exhibitions (International)

2009: (with Garth Erasmus) Fernwarme Kapstadt, BBK Ulm, Germany. Havanna Biennale, Cuba.
1997-2000: Various exhibitions with Handicap International in Munich, Berlin and Augsburg. Designed the Handicap Bus Exhibitions with Sans Papiers.
1993: Art Against Racism, Dritte Welt Cafe, Munich.
1989: South African Anti-Apartheid Festival, Amsterdam.
1987: South African Conference on Literature, Bad Boll, Germany.
1986: 120 Hours Action, Kunstakademie, Munich.
1983: Krieg und Frieden, Bremen, Germany.
1982: Culture and Resistance, Gaberone, Botswana.
1965: Anti-Vietnam War, travelling exhibition through Germany (organised by Workers Union).
1964: Socialistic Realism (from West and East Germany), Augsburg, Germany.
1961: Junge Westen, Recklinghausen, Germany.
1960-1962: Spring and Autumn Exhibition, Artists’ Union, Augsburg, Germany.


2002: (With Charles Bhebe) Mural at Eine Welt Haus, Muenchen. Revised in 2009 (with Garth Erasmus).Numerous performances as a musician.
2002: Voices in Transit, drawings of refugees at Cape Town train station for Cape Town Festival.
1992: Stand Up For Tolerance, billboard action paintings, Muenchen.
1991: Ozone, billboard action paintings, Muenchen.
1990: Puzzle Action (organised by South African Scholarship Fund), Tuebingen, Germany.
1982: Interaction, CAP, Cape Town.Other experience
1961-€“1970: Worked as a lithographer in various parts of Germany, landscape painter and print maker, mainly in the medium of wood.
1974 -1985: Worked as a lithographer and educator at Hirt and Carter in Cape Town.
1981- 1986: Teacher and organizer at the Community Arts Project, Cape Town.
1981- 1984 Taught photographic image in print making at Michaelis School of Fine Art.

Publications (Books, newspapers, journals)

2009: Manfred Zylla, Interaction, Critical Interventions: Journal of African art history and visual culture, numbers 3/4 Spring: pp. 206-222.
1989: Sue Williamson, Resistance Art in South Africa, David Philip: Claremont.
1988: G Ogilvie, The Dictionary of South african Painters and Sculptors, Everard Read: Johannesburg. Staffrider, Contrast, Cape Times, Weekly Mail, ADA, Varsity, Vula, Tendenzen, Zeitschrift fuer Kulturaustauch Dritte Welt (IKA), Anti-Imperialistic Bulletin (Germany).The Guardian (New York), Tri-Quarterly (USA).CollectionsIziko SANG, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Bredasdorp Municipal Collection, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Archiv, Augsburg, Germany; University of Botswana, Botswana.

Private Collections

England, Switzerland, Germany, America, South Africa.