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Themba Shibase

b. Port Shepstone, 1980. Lives in Durban

Shibase’s work is anchored in questions of identity and authenticity, negotiating the seemingly disparate practices of ancestral heritage and urban culture.

Arts Education

2009 MTech in Fine Art, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa
2004 BTech in Fine Art, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa
2003 National Diploma in Fine Art, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa

Exhibitions (solo)

2009 Hybrid Culture II, Durban University of Technology Gallery, Durban.
2008 Rush hour (Multi-media installation), Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg.
2008 Umhlaba Kabani/ Whose Land?, Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town.
2008 The Skeptic, KZNSA Gallery, Durban
2005 D’Urban Critique, KZNSA, Durban

Exhibitions (group)

2010 Harbouring Histories, DUT Gallery, Durban
2009 Johannesburg Art Fair, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg.
2009 New Connections (DUT staff exhibition), KZNSA, Durban
2009 Living in KZN, artSPACE, Berlin, Germany
2008 MTN New Contemporaries, University of Johannesburg Gallery, Johannesburg
2008 The New Spell, David Krut Fine Art, New York.
2008 Home is my Castle, Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town
2007 About the surface, KZNSA Gallery, Durban2007 From Here to There, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town
2007 Spier Contemporary 2007, Cape Town
2007 Art seasons, Franschoek, Cape Town
2006 Form amd Substance, Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town.
2006 New Painting, KZNSA, Durban
2006 UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria
2006 Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg
2005 Graduate Show, DUT Art gallery, Durban
2005 Surface, Franchise Gallery, Johannesburg
2005 Red Eye (Video installation), Durban Art Gallery, Durban
2005 Being Here, KZNSA Gallery, Durban
2004 The legacy of Trevor Makhoba, BAT Centre, Durban
2004 Black, KZNSA, Durban
2004 Summer Show, African Arts Centre, Durban.
2003 Crimes of passion, Bean Bag Bohemia Arts Cafe, Durban
2003 Summer Show, BAT Centre, Durban2003 Margate Open, Margate Art Gallery, Durban

Workshops & Residencies

2004 Art for humanity, Amsterdam, Holland
2004 Building leadership through creative process, Caversham Centre Creative Arts and Writers, Balgowan, KwaZulu-Natal


Durban Art Gallery
UNISA Art Gallery


2009 Sean O’Toole, Zuma takes the bisciut, Financial Mail, February 13
2009 Estelle Sinkins, Creative young artists, The Witness, October 15
2008 Peter Machen, The art cowboy, South African Art Times, October, p. 10
2005 Alexander Sudheim, Exultant expressionism, Art South Africa, vol. 04, issue 02, Bell Roberts Publishing, Cape Town
2005 Amanda Alexander (eds), Problematising Resistance, Centre for Civil Society, Research Reports, vol. 2, UKZN Press, Durban


2008 Nominated for MTN New Contemporaries (one of the four finalists)
2007 Nominated for Spier Contemporary


2008 Mentor, KZNSA-Nivea Art Award, DurbanAcquisition Committee member, Durban Art GalleryCouncil member, African Art Centre, Durban. Online Newsletter editor, Art for humanity
2004-2005 Curator, Durban University of Technology gallery, Durban
2003-2005 Art teacher, HIVAN-UKZN, Durban
2002-2005 Part-time art teacher, Africa Art Centre, Durban
2003 Part-time art teacher, Natal Arts and Craft School for the Disabled, Durban
2002 Part-time art teacher, Eddington Primary School, Durban