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Velile Soha

b. Cape Town, 1957

Working mostly as a printmaker Soha’s works often address the convergence of the lives and worlds of township residents with those of rural communities.

Art Education

1981-1983: ELC Art and Craft Centre, Rorkes Drift, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Workshop & Residencies

2010-1999: Greatmore Studios, Cape Town.
2006 Thupelo International Workshop, Rorkes Drift, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
2004 Renaissance Printmaking Workshop, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town. Thupelo Regional Workshop, Lwazi Centre, Langa , Cape Town.
2003 Caversham Press, KwaZulu-Natal. Thupelo International Workshop, Malmesbury, South Africa.
1999 Tulipamwe International Artists Workshop, Windhoek, Namibia.
1998 Thupelo Regional Workshop, Annexe, Iziko SA National Gallery, Cape Town.
1994 Thupelo Regional Workshop, CAP, Woodstock, Cape Town.
1993 Thupelo Workshop, Johannesburg. Thupelo Workshop, Pretoria.

Exhibitions (solo)

1998: Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town.

Exhibitions (group)

2011 Thupelo Printmaking Workshop, Greatmore Studios, Woodstock, Cape Town.
2010 These Four Walls Fine Art (with Leboana Lefuma), Observatory, Cape Town. Creative Block: 150 artists, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town. Embassy of Spain, Bishopscourt, Cape Town. Winter 2010, Irma Stern Museum, UCT, Cape Town. Gill Alderman Gallery (with Sophie Peters, Donovan Ward, Selvin November, Dathini Mzayiya), Kenilworth, Cape Town.
2006 Art in Business, Artscape, Cape Town. Keep Time (with Sipho Hlati and Madi Phala), Cape Gallery, Cape Town. Botaki 4, Old Mutual Asset Managers, Pinelands, Cape Town.
2005 A Sense of Place, Masibambisane High School, Salt River, Cape Town. Encompass, Cape Gallery, Cape Town. Botaki 2, OMAM, Cape Town.
2004 The ID of South African Artists, Fortis Circustheatre, Scheveningen, Netherlands. Memorias de un Mexicano: Homage to Francisco Mora, Beacon Street Gallery and Theatre, Chicago; Elgin Community College, Illinois, USA.
2002 Art Kites Project, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
2001 Homecoming, Guga S’Thebe, Langa, Cape Town.
1999 From Pisces into Aquarius, Idasa Gallery, Cape Town.
1996 Galerie Gabriel, Amsterdam, Holland.
1994 University of Brighton Gallery, Brighton, UK.
1993 Manyano, Museo Etnografico Azul, Argentina. British Council, Sybrand Park, Cape Town.
1992 Shell House, Cape Town.
1991 The Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch. Chelsea Gallery, Wynberg, Cape Town.
1990 Baxter Gallery, Cape Town. The Conservatoire of Music, Windhoek, Namibia.
1989 The Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Eli Marsh Gallery, New York.
1988 Mousun Turn, Frankfurt, Germany.
1987 American Centre, Cape Town.
1986 Good Hope Centre, Cape Town.
1985 Bhekuzulu Hall, University of Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


Iziko SA National Gallery; Western Cape Provincial Government; Coeo Blocks; Truworths. Numerous private collections.


Illustrations for 8 books, including for Oxford University Press. Also for calendars by Engen, Caltex and Truworths. Part of group commissions from Department of Health (aids Education mural, Guguletu) and the Cape Town City Council (Nyanga Junction as well as ceramic murals for Gugs S’Thebe, Langa)


2006 Mario Pissarra, Botaki Exhibition 4: Conversations with Tyrone Appollis, Old Mutual Asset Managers (exhibition catalogue), Cape Town.
2005 Mario Pissarra, Botaki Exhibition 2: Conversations with Sophie Peters, OMAM (exhibition catalogue), Cape Town.
2004 T Van den Ende & S Khan (eds), Identity: The ID of South African Artists, Stichting Art & Theatre, Amsterdam.
2003 P Hobbs & E Rankin, Rorkes Drift: Empowering Prints-Twenty Years of Printmaking in South Africa, Juta Publishing, Cape Town.
1997 P Hobbs & E Rankin, Printmaking in a transforming South Africa, David Philip, Cape Town & Johannesburg.
1988 Gavin Younge, Art of the South African Townships, Thames and Hudson, London.


Was associated with the Nyanga Art Centre (late 1970s) and taught at the Community Arts Project (1994, and 2001-2004).