Nyakallo Maleke

b.1993 Johannesburg, South Africa; lives in Johannesburg.

Nyakallo Maleke is a Johannesburg-based interdisciplinary artist and writer. Currently, she works primarily with large scale, mixed-media drawing processes, often using pastel, sewn thread and charcoal in textured explorations of space, surface, and colour. 

Not Every Flower Blooms Under Harsh Light

2018. Performance in Italy.


you may need to fit into the team, the team may not fit into you – Lehae

2017. one part of two channel video, 15:00.

you may need to fit into the team, the team may not fit into you – Hae

2017. one part of two channel video, 15:07.


2019: Master of Arts HES-SO/ MA (Art in Public Spheres), école de design et haute école d’art du Valais, Sierre, Switzerland.
2016: Asiko International Art School Alumni, Addis Ababa edition, Ethiopia.
2015: Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts (Honours), The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Solo Exhibitions

2023: Making Sense of the Same Story, Bag Factory Artists' Studios, Johannesburg.
2016: Leaning Towards an Edge that Does Not Leak, John Muafangejo Art Centre Art Season, Namibia, (City Centre and Katutura) Windhoek.

Group Exhibitions (International)

2019: AfroLuso Residency Exhibition, Modzi Arts Gallery, Lusaka, Zambia.
2019: Masters Graduation Exhibition, USEGO, Sierre, Switzerland.
2018: Live Works Vol 6, Performance Act Award, Centrale Fies: Drodesera Festival, Dro, Italy.
2018: Group Exhibition, MAXX Space, Sierre, Switzerland.
2018: The Dog Done Gone Deaf: The Sonic Cosmologies of Halim El Dabh, 13th Dak’art Biennale, Musee IFAN, Dakar, Senegal.
2016: Here and Here, Asni Art Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Group Exhibitions (South Africa)

2021: A Cloud, Studio Nxumalo/Gallery 2, Johannesburg.
2021: The Problem with Contemporary African Art is...? Studio Nxumalo/Meta Foundation Gallery, August House, Johannesburg
2021: The Cultural Life of Spaces, Association of Visual Artists Gallery, Cape Town.
2021: Territories Between Us, Iziko Museums, Cape Town.
2021: Handle With Care, Javett Art Centre, University of Pretoria, Pretoria.
2021: Emergence, Forms Gallery, Online.
2021: Monotypes...A Monotypebabe Experience, Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, Johannesburg.
2020: An Exhibition In Several Acts/ A Lexigram Of Ideas, August House Gallery, Johannesburg.
2019: FSTOP CLUB Zine and Self-Publishing: Edition Three, Market Photo Workshop. Johannesburg.
2017: Untitled, [Mural Project], Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg
2017: The New Parthenon, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town
2016: Sorry, Please Try Again, Cape Town.
2016: HERE WE, by Dorothee Kreutzfeldt, ROOM Gallery & Projects NPC, Johannesburg.
2016: Nothing Gets Organised (NGO), Nothing Gets Organised, Johannesburg.
2015: RAMP, Stevenson Gallery, Woodstock Cape Town
2015: Even Younger Than, Assemblage, Johannesburg.
2015: Newwork15, Graduate Show, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg.
2014: Thirteen Fourteen, Substation Gallery, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
2014: Ideally, Substation Gallery, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
2014: One thousand Nine Hundred and Thirty, Hotel Bannister Basement, Johannesburg.


2018: Not Every Flower Blooms Under harsh light, Drodesera Festival, Dro, Italy
2018: Performing Scores, 13th Dak’art Biennale, Dakar, Senegal.


2020: Foundation Opale Residency, Sydney, Australia.
2019: AfroLuso Modzi Residency, Lusaka, Zambia.
2018: Centrale Fies: Live Works Vol.6, Performance ACT Award Residency, Trento, Italy.
2016: Àsíko International Art Programme, CCA Lagos, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


2019: The Excellency Prize of HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland
2014: Recipient of the Martienssen Prize (currently known as The Wits Young Artist), Wits School of Arts, Johannesburg, South Africa


2020: When Drawing has to Move, [a drawing class], in_herit Festival, Iziko Museums, online. 

Reviews & Articles


Nyakallo Maleke's website.
Nyakallo Maleke's page on the FORMS Gallery website.