Agness Ng’ambi Yombwe

b. 1966, Lusaka, Zambia; lives in Livingstone.

As founder and co-director of the WayiWayi Art Studio and Gallery in Livingstone, since 2004, Yombwe has balanced a professional visual art career with ongoing involvement as an educator. Her work, amongst a wide array of topics, deals with social taboo, and challenges accepted norms around gender, sex and sexuality in contemporary Zambian life.

Education and Training

2018: Certificate, Corporate Governance, two-day training course, Fairview Hotel, Lusaka, Zambia.
2011: The Business Skills for Artists Training, Barn Motel, Lusaka.
2006: Certificate, Cutting and Design, Tabitha Training Centre, Botswana.
1992: Certificate, Paper-Based Technology (APT), Ministry of Community Development and Social Affairs, Mpapa Gallery, Lusaka.
1989: Art Teachers Diploma, Evelyn Hone College, Lusaka.

Solo Exhibitions (Zambia)

2019: Ni Mzilo – It is Taboo, Exhibition and book launch, National Art Gallery, Livingstone.
2015: Dialogue, 37d Gallery, Lusaka.
2012: Social Issues, Livingstone Museum, Livingstone.
1994: Wisdom in the Dance, Henry Tayali Visual Arts Centre, Lusaka.

Solo Exhibitions (International)

2002: Exhibition, Deborah Hoover`s house, Boston, Massachusets.
1995: Agness Yombwe, Edvard Munch Studio, Ekely, Norway.

Group Exhibitions (Zambia)

2019: New perspectives, Lusaka organized by African Inspirations
2019: Turning in: other ways of seeing National Art Gallery, Livingstone.
2018: Exhuming Histories National Art Gallery, Livingstone.
2018: Yombwe Family Affair Art Exhibition, Lusaka.
2018: The Affordable Art Exhibition, Woodlands, Livingstone.
2018: The Journey Art Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Livingstone.
2017: Kuboneshango II, Lusaka National Museum, Lusaka.
2017: KonseKonse, Henry Tayali Gallery, Lusaka.
2016: The Affordable Art Fair, 37d Gallery, Lusaka.
2016: Patterns of Life, Red Dot Gallery, Lusaka.
2015: Exhibition, Wayi Wayi Art Studio and Gallery, Livingstone.
2015: A Celebration of Today, Kalumbila Mine, North Western Province.
2014: National Art Exhibition, Livingstone Gallery, Livingstone.
2013: Women in Art – Art by Women, Choma Museum, Choma.
2012: Lechwe Trust Exhibition, Royal Livingstone Hotel, Livingstone.
2012: The 2012 X-Mass Exhibition of Arts and Crafts of the Southern Province of Zambia, The Choma Museum, Choma.
2012: Exploring the Patterns of Life, Red Dot Gallery, Lusaka
2010: Original Prints Group Exhibition, Alliance Franchise, Lusaka.
2008: Woman’s Art Exhibition, River Gallery at the Whistle Stop, Victoria Falls, Livingstone.
2008: Agness Buya Yombwe, Lawrence Yombwe, River Gallery, Livingstone.
2007: Artists in Southern Province, Henry Tayali Visual Arts Centre, Lusaka.
2005: The Paired Visionaries, Twaya Art Gallery, Lusaka.
2005: Franco COMESA Club Art Exhibition, Lusaka.
1999: Artists across the Zambezi, 5 Zambian Artists Working in Botswana, Henry Tayali Visual Arts Centre, Lusaka.
1996: Two-person show, Brooks Residence, European Union Delegation, Lusaka.
1989: Zambian Artists, Mpapa Gallery, Lusaka.
1989: Art Teacher's Exhibition, American Information Centre, Lusaka.
1989: National Art Exhibition, Evelyn Hone College, Lusaka.
1988: Zambian Arts and Crafts Exhibition, Department of Cultural Services, Pamodzi Hotel, Lusaka.

Group Exhibitions (International)

2020: FNB Art Joburg (with Modzi Gallery's 'Ba Zambia Ndi Bantu'), online.
2020: Will the sun rise and shine again post COVID-19, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, online.
2019: On Balance, The women, wine and words festival, Theatre in the Park, Harare.
2019: FNB Art Fair (with Modzi Gallery), Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg.
2018: Southern African Exhibition, Tobin Ohashi Gallery, Minato City, Tokyo.
2016: DIALOGUE, Kunstabanken Hedmark Kunstsenterin, Hamar, Norway.
2015: FETAFRIK, A Multi-Artistic Festival, Republic of Seychelles.
2008: Recycling, Kunstabanken Hedmark Kunstsenterin, Hamar.
2005: Threads, Botswana’s Foremost Female Artists, Frame Gallery, Gaborone.
2003: Artists in Botswana, Botswana National Museum, Gaborone.
2002: Artists at McColl, McColl Centre for Visual Artists, Charlotte, North Carolina.
1999: Zambian Female Artists Exhibition, Kunstabanken Hedmark Kunstsenter, Hamar.
1999: Artists in Botswana, Botswana National Museum, Gaborone
1997: Art for the Heart, a Celebration of Contemporary Zambian Art, Africa Centre Gallery, London.
1995: Contemporary Art of the Non-Aligned Countries, Art Gallery at Department of Education and Culture, Jakarta, Indonesia.
1994: Ethnic Art in a Multicultural World, Oslo.
1994: Zambian Cultural Festival, Bonn, Germany.


The National Art Collection, Lusaka National Museum, Lusaka.
Chaminuka Village Art Collection, Lusaka.
Thapong Collection, Thapong Visual Arts Centre, Gaborone.
Tulipamwe Collection, National Art Gallery, Windhoek.
McColl Center for the Arts, Charlotte.
Matero Boys Secondary School, Lusaka.
Barclays Bank.
Standard Chartered Bank, Lusaka.
Lechwe Trust Art Collection, Lusaka.

The artist's work is also held in numerous private collections in Norway, Germany, the United States of America, Australia, Japan and South Africa.

Awards and Achievements

2017: Certificate Finalist, CEO Global's Most Influential Women in Business and Government, Arts and Culture, Pretoria.
2005: First Prize (Prints), Franco COMESA Club Art Exhibition, Lusaka.
2004: Third Prize (Fabrics), Northern Art Teachers Association, National Museum, Gaborone.
2003: First Prize (Prints/Graphics), Artist in Botswana Art Exhibition, National Museum, Gaborone.
2000: The Julia Malunga Award (Best Female Artist), National Arts Council of Zambia Ngoma Awards, Lusaka.
1996: Best Female Artist Award, Zambia National Visual Arts Council, Lusaka.
1994: First Prize (Painting), Zambian-Italian Cultural Centre, Lusaka.
1992: Most Outstanding Artwork Prize (with Dickson Nyendwa), Sculpture workshop conducted by Vincent Woropay, sponsored by British Council and Mpapa Gallery, Lusaka.
1989: First Prize (Handicrafts), German Zambian Friendship Association, Evelyn Hone College, Lusaka.

Residencies and Workshops

2008: First African Regional Summit and Exhibition on Visual Arts, International Conference Centre, Abuja.
2002: International Residency, McColl Center for the Visual Art, Charlotte, North Carolina.
2001: Women’s Arts Painting Techniques Workshop, Henry Tayali Visual Arts Centre, Lusaka.
2000: Tulipamwe International Art Workshop, Kansimba Guest Lodge, Namibia.
1999: Thapong International Artists’ Workshop, Kanamo Center, Mahalapye, Botswana.
1995: Artist in Residence, Edvard Munch Studio, Ekely, Norway.
1994: Mbile International Artists Workshop, Siavonga, Lusaka.
1993: Art and Design Cultural Visit Program, Wimbledon School of Art, London.

Arts Teaching, Workshops, and Seminars

2019 - 2020: Creative Directors (as Wayi Wayi), Livingstone Public Art Development, engaged by Private Enterprise Programme, Zambia.
2020: Staff Enterprise Preparedness in Empowered World View - Transforming Hearts, Minds & Pockets, Field trip at Wayi Wayi Art Studio, Livingstone. 
2019: Pottery/ Ceramic workshop (supported by Public Enterprise Programme), Zambia, with facilitators from Mzilikazi Arts Center in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. 
2018: Capacity Building Workshop for Creative Industries (supported by Zambian Breweries and Ministry of Tourism and Arts Livingstone), Zambia.
2017: Consultant and coordinator, National Women`s Workshop on Financial Inclusion (sponsored by Zambian Financial Sector Deepening limited - FSDZ), Wayi Wayi Art Studio and Gallery, Livingstone.
2016: Instructor, Handicraft Design, Production, and Enhancement Workshop, Mongu, Zambia.
2014: Instructor, Handicraft Design, Production and Enhancement Workshop, Ndola/ Copper Belt, Chipata/ Eastern, Mpika/ Muchinga, Ikelenge/ Northwestern, and Choma/ Southern Provinces, Zambia.
2013: Coordinator, Girls’ Art Workshop and Livingstone Anglican Children’s Project, Wayi Wayi Art Studio and Gallery, Livingstone.
2009: Coordinator, Children’s Expressive Art Exhibition, Livingstone Museum, Livingstone.
2008: Printmaking Workshop, sponsored by Lechwe Trust in partnership with Wayi Wayi Art Studio and Gallery, Livingstone.
2004 - 2006: Art Teacher, Donga Junior Secondary School, Forms 1–3, Francistown, Botswana.
1997 – 2004: Art Teacher, Bonnington Junior Secondary School, Forms 1–3, Gaborone.
1996: Coordinator, Workshop for Women Artists, (organized by Zambia National Visual Arts Council), Henry Tayali Visual Arts Centre, Lusaka.
1995 – 1996: National Treasurer, Zambia National Visual Arts Council, Lusaka.
1991 – 1996: Art Teacher, Matero Boys Secondary School, Lusaka (created a student art gallery during this time).
1993: Coordinator, Workshop for Women Artists, Henry Tayali Visual Arts Centre, Lusaka.
1992 – 1993: Committee Member, Zambia Visual Arts Council, Lusaka.
1990: Art Teacher, Libala Secondary School, Junior and Senior Grades 8-12, Lusaka.

Arts Leadership

2016 – ongoing: Trustee, Museum of Women’s History, Lusaka.
2017 – 2019: Board Member, National Arts Council of Zambia, Lusaka.
2016: Concept and Site Coordinator, Zambian National Women’s Workshop on Financial Inclusion, sponsored by Financial Sector Deepening Zambia - FSDZ.
2012: Facilitator, Art and Crafts Workshop/ Product Improvement and Development, (organized by National Arts Council), Choma.
2012 – 2013: Liaison, Global Sojourns Giving Circle, (Monitored project in Livingstone at Tusa Munyandi Pre-school, and arranged guests’ visits), Livingstone. 
2002: Treasurer, Botswana National Art Fair.
2002: Chairperson, South Central Art Teachers Art Association (SCATA).
2002: Art Coordinator and Proposal Writer, Micro-project funding, Bonnington Art Club, Gaborone.
2000: Facilitator, Women’s Art Workshop, John Muafangejo Art Centre, Windhoek.
1989: First Secretary, Zambia National Visual Arts Council, (while a student at Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce), Lusaka.


1995: The Role of Tradition in my Art, Art Academy, Oslo, Norway.
1991: The Role of Women Artists in Zambia, South African Development Cooperation Conference, Arusha, Tanzania.


author of:

2019: Agness Buya Yombwe, Ni Mzilo (It is Taboo), Wayi Wayi Art Studio and Gallery: Livingstone.
2015: Agness Buya Yombwe, Kudumbisiana (Dialogue): She is Not an Artist, (catalogue), Wayi Wayi Art Studio and Gallery: Livingstone.

featured in:

2014: Zambia: Implosion for Explosion, Contemporary Artists from Zambia, Imago Mundi, Luciano Benetton Collection, Italy.
2009: The Art Collection Catalogue, Lechwe Trust, Lusaka.

Press Coverage

2020: Andrew Mulenga, 'Elephant in the room', The Mast, Wednesday February 5 2020.
2019: Elliot Ngosa, 'The expanding vision of Wayi Wayi Studio and Art gallery', The Mast, Saturday May 11 2019.
2019: Austin Kaluba, 'Meet the artistic Yombwe family', Times of Zambia, Friday May 10 2019.
2019: Andrew Mulenga, 'Ni Mzilo – It is taboo', The Mast, Tuesday May 14 2019. 
2019: Elliot Ngosa, 'The expanding vision of Wayi Wayi Studio and Art Gallery', The Lusaka Sun, Saturday March 2 2019.
2019: Ndangwa Mwittah and Lucy Lumbe, 'I found my wife at Evelyn Hone College', SUNDAY MAIL, 17 February 2019.
2018: Andrea Capranico, 'Art is Family Family is Art', December 2018. 
2018: 'Yombwe Family Affairs', Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC).
2017: Profile: Agness Buya Yombwe, Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC).
2016: Andrew Mulenga, 'Kudumbisiana (Dialogue): ‘She is not an Artist’', The Post, 2 February 2016.
2013: ZNBC Television appearance featuring Yombwe and youth from Wayi Wayi Art Studio
2012: 'Agness, Lawrence exploring patterns of Life', Zambia National Daily Mail, 24 August 2012.
2012: 'Meet the Yombwes. Is this the most creative family in Zambia?', Bulletin & Record, July 2012.
2011: MUVI Television showcasing Agness and Lawrence Yombwe's exhibition at Red Dot Gallery, Lusaka.
2005: Andrew Mulenga, 'The Yombwes are in town', Weekend Post, 2 September 2005. 
2000: Zoe Titus, 'A woman in Art', The Namibian Weekender, 8 September 2000. 
2000: Khadija Woods, 'Exploring Root/ Routes', Botswana Gazette, 24 May 2000. 
2000: Deborah A. Hoover, 'Revealing the Mbusa as Art: Women Artists in Zambia', African Arts (UCLA): Autumn 2000, Vol. XXXIII.
1996: David Simpson, 'Agnes Buya Ng'ambi Yombwe', Profit Magazine
1996: Mujuda Samson, 'Yombwe scoops Aquila Simpasa Award for '96', The Post, 20 December 1996.
1995: Tembo Maurice, 'Mbusa Art Makes an Impact in Norway', Zambia Daily Mail, 17 November 1995.
1995: Tembo Maurice, 'Tradition and Gender Equality', Zambia Daily Mail, 23 June 1995.
1994: Tembo Maurice, 'Meet Yombwe the Talented Female Artist of Zambia', Zambia Daily Mail, 24 September 1994.
1993: Billy Nkunika, 'Agness Ng'ambi Yombwe: Woman Artist of Zambia', Southern African Art, Vol.2(3).
1993: Anthony Kunda, 'Agnes Yombwe: Artist with an African Touch', The Weekly Post, 22-28 January 1993.


Craig Masters

b. 1963, Cape Town, lives in Cape Town.
Craig Masters, an artist and graphic designer from Cape Town, was involved with the Cape Flats Art Group, and has been making work since the 1980s. He believes that “imagination is the true powerhouse of the mind” and this certainly comes through in his paintings, which are stylistically unique within South Africa’s art scene. Masters depicts people and social scenes embedded in landscapes, sometimes urban and rural, and sometimes dreamlike and otherworldly.


1995: Graphic Design Training Course, Qurack Express, Lads Freehand and Photoshop, Hirt and Carter, Cape Town.
1995: Diploma, Practical Animation, Kaleidoscope Studio, Cape Town.
1984: Diploma, Fine Art and Graphic Design, Battswood Training College, Cape Town.

Group Exhibitions (South Africa)

1998: Parliament’s Opening Exhibition, Houses of Parliament, Cape Town.
Year: The Legacy of Steve Biko, (with Cape Flats Art Group), District Six Museum.
1996: Mural Project, District Six Museum, Cape Town (visited by United States Vice President Al Gore).
1992: Art in Publishing Exhibition, Town Square, Cape Town.

Group Exhibitions (International)

2000: Art Afri, Cultura Group, Bern.


2003: Billboard design, Joseph Stone Auditorium Play, Cape Town.
2000s: Painting, Iziko Slave Lodge, Cape Town.


2010: First Prize for animation, The Lion and the Elephant, One Minute Awards, Amsterdam.
1993: Runner up, Upbeat Story Group Comic Competition, South Africa.


1995: Thupelo Workshop, Cape Town.
1992: Charcoal Animation workshop with William Kentridge, Iziko National Gallery, Cape Town.


1988: Gavin Younge, Art of the South African Townships, Random House Incorporated, Michigan.
2011: Mario Pissarra (ed), A Visual Century, South African Art in Context, Volume 3: 1973–1992, Wits University Press, Johannesburg.


Current: Freelance fine artist and graphic designer
Current: Visual Arts Teacher, Build a Better Society (BABS), Cape Town.
2006 – 2010: Report Writer, South African Film and Publication Board, Cape Town
(work also included publication examination for age restriction recommendations, commercial storyboard production, and collaboration with Paradox Animation for FPB Awareness Clip.)
2001 – 2007: E-learning course design for companies, Laragh Courseware, Cape Town.
1995: Storybook and Textbook illustrator, Hirt and Carter, Cape Town.
1995: Storyboard artist, Network Agency, Cape Town.
1995: Mural painter, Artwork co-ordinator for al Gore 1995 visit, District Six Museum, Cape Town.
1995: Visual Arts Teacher, Build a Better Society (BABS), Cape Town.
1994: Film Technician, Nautilus Film Studio, Cape Town.
1994: Temp Cartoonist, South Newspaper, Cape Town.
1994: Storyboards and Rendering, Berry Bush, Cape Town
1985 – 1994: Assistant Make-up, Display Forms, Cape Town.

Other Involvement

2010: Produced The Lion and the Elephant 01:00 animation, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town.
1992: Member, South African Publishers’ Association, Cape Town.
1991: Volunteer Visual Arts Teacher, Blackheath Primary School, Cape Town.
1988: Judge, Tygerberg Eistedfod, Cape Town.

Judy Jordan

Judy Jordan

b.1950, Harare, Zimbabwe; lives in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Judy Jordan paints images of the land, often scarred by human activity such as mining, pollution, and wars. Conversely, she is inspired by the generative qualities of nature, as symbolic of life, nourishment, renewal, and transformation. Judy Jordan was the first curator of the Carnegie Museum, Newcastle, a position she held for many years. Jordan has also been active as an art teacher as well as in cultural tourism, craft development and job creation programmes in KZN.


1997: Honours History of Art (cum laude)

1984: Bachelor of Fine Arts

Solo exhibitions

2015: Carnegie Art Gallery, Newcastle, South Africa.

1990: Karren McKerron Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa (opened by Dr Marion Arnold).

1985: Café Geneve, Durban, South Africa (opened by Andries Botha).

Group exhibitions

2010: Jabulisa 2010, The Art & Craft of KwaZulu-Natal, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

2009: Contemporary Reflections: New Art from Old, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.

2006: Jabulisa 2006, Natal Arts Trust, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.

1998: (With Brendon Bell), Bayside Gallery, Durban and Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg (opened by Andrew Verster).

1996: Jabulisa The Art of KwaZulu Natal, Natal Arts Trust, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.

1995: Artists invite Artists Exhibition, Durban Art Gallery, South Africa.

1995: Women’s Image of Men, KZNSA Gallery, Durban.

1993: (With Janet Purcell), NSA Gallery, Durban (opened by Prof. Terry King).

1993: Momentum Life Exhibition, Pretoria Art Museum, South Africa.

1992: Flowers and Things Exhibition, NSA Gallery, Durban.

1992: Natal Route Exhibition, Lorna Ferguson Gallery, Johannesburg.

1991: Biennale 4, Natal Arts Trust.

1989: Natal Arts Trust Exhibition – Merit Award.

1988: Human Rights 40th Anniversary Exhibition, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.

1988: (With Lola Frost), NSA Gallery, Durban (opened by Prof. Terry King).

1987: Natal Arts Trust Exhibition.

1987: Contemporary landscape Exhibition, NSA Gallery Durban; and Jack Heath Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.

1986: Paper Exhibition, NSA Gallery, Durban.


1991-2015: First Curator of Carnegie Art Gallery, Newcastle, South Africa. Expanded the Municipal art collection from 20 to 380 pieces. Established various art museum policies and established a Board of Trustees. Fundraised for collection, workshops and outreach programmes. Motivated and raised funds for extensions to the existing Gallery. Funds utilized for architectural drawings of a new Art Gallery building. Co-ordinated and curated numerous temporary exhibitions and community events.

2000-2002: Craft mentorship programme with Embocraft.

1985-1991: Private Art School & taught Matric syllabus to St Dominics’ pupils.

1981-1985: Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, Accountant.

1975-1981: National Museums & Monuments Council – Secretary & Research Assistant.

1972-1975: Financial Assistant, UDC.

1969-1972: Working holiday in Europe.


1986 – present: Board Member of Natal Arts Trust.

2000 – 2015: Member of Amajuba Tourism Forum.

1996 – 1999:  Member of National Arts Council.

1986 – 1991: Member Arts Council.

1983 – 1987: Chairperson of Newcastle Art Society.


Durban Art Gallery.

Empangeni Art & Cultural Museum.

KwaZulu Natal Provincial Administration.

KwaZulu Natal Museum services.

Margate Art Museum.

Museum de Stadshof, Zwolle, Netherlands.

Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.

Carnegie Art Gallery, Newcastle.

Other activities

Organised and coordinated more than 60 workshops for unemployed people.

Initiated “Isiphethu” an empowerment group of women who today sell work nationally and internationally.

Represented local craft at two International Trade Fairs at the invitation of Dept. Trade & Industry.

Co-ordinated and curated numerous temporary exhibitions and community events.

Researched and initiated local township cultural tours.

Developed teachers’ workshops to assist with the Art & Culture curriculum.

Presented papers at various SAMA regional conferences.


Tersia Gopi, 'Judy Jordan opens up her art studio to Newcastle', Northern Natal News, 22 March 2017. 





Judy Seidman

b. Connecticut, USA, 1951. Lives in Johannesburg. 
Judy Ann Seidman’s art flows from the twinned beliefs that “culture is a weapon of struggle”, and that “the personal is political” – an approach to culture born in Africa’s liberation struggles. Her paintings, drawings and graphics explore personal and collective experience, emotion, belief and vision; speaking of and to people’s movements, from national liberation and worker struggles to feminism and HIV activism.


1973: Master of Arts, Fine Art (Painting), University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin, USA
1971: Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin.

Solo Exhibitions (South Africa)

2019: Drawn Lines, Museum Africa, Johannesburg.

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2005: Na Cidade, Jazz, Luanda, Angola.
1984: Botswana National Museum and Art Gallery, Gaborone, Botswana.
1980: Judy Ann Seidman and Pitika Ntuli, Pentonville Gallery, London.
1980: Judy Ann Seidman and Pitika Ntuli, Institute of Education Gallery, University of London, London.
1976: Hemingway Art Gallery, New York.
1976: Botswana National Museum and Art Gallery, Gaborone.
1975: Exhibition of paintings and drawings, British Council, Lusaka, Zambia
1974: Exhibition of paintings and drawings, National Library, Lusaka.
1973: Masters of Fine Art exhibition, University of Wisconsin Art Gallery, Wisconsin.

Workshops, Arts Facilitation & Policy

2016 - present: Facilitator, Feminist Women's Art Network, One in Nine campaign, South Africa.
2008 - 2012: Facilitator, One in Nine advocacy media and Naledi Ya Meso art-making and gender workshops, CDP Trust, Johannesburg.
2007 - present: Facilitator, Khulumani Art Healing and Heritage Workshops, South Africa.
1996 - 1997: Member, Curriculum 2005 Arts and Culture Learning Area Committee, Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, South Africa.
1996: Consultant, “Respect for Cultural Diversity” curriculum, South African National Defence Force civic education programme, South Africa.
1995 - 1996: Member, Arts Education Policy Task Team, Gauteng Ministry of Education, South Africa.
1994 - 1995: Sub-committee member, Visual Arts of National Education and Training Forum curriculum development, South Africa.
1994 - 1995: Chairperson, Strategic Management Team, Gauteng Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts, Culture, South Africa.
1993: Curriculum development, Dakawa Arts and Crafts school, Grahamstown.
1991 - 2001: Consultant, Curriculum Development Project for the Creative Arts, Johannesburg.
1988 - 1990: Cultural Studies curriculum development, Foundation for Education with Production, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
1985 - 1989: Graphics editor and training supervisor, Mmegi wa Dikgang, Botswana.
1978 - 1983: Teacher, Thokoza School, Mbabane, Swaziland
1978 - 1983: Teacher, Maru-a-Pula Secondary School, Gaborone.


2017: Drawn Lines, an autobiography of Judy Ann Seidman, Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, California.
2013: Justice, redress and restitution: Voices of the widows of the Marikana Massacre, Khulumani Support Group, Johannesburg.
2011: Naledi Ya Meso Handbook, Curriculum Development Project Trust, Johannesburg.
2011: Art as Advocacy Handbook, Curriculum Development Project Trust, Johannesburg.
2010: One Woman, Sketches/diaries, letters/notes: Fragments from Anita Parkhurst Willcox, Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, California.
2007: Katorus Stories, South African History Archive, Johannesburg.
2007: Red on Black, the story of the South African Poster Movement, STE Publishers, Johannesburg.
2005: Hlanganani Basebensi: A brief history of COSATU, STE Publishers, Johannesburg.
2005: Every worker a union member, COSATU Collective, Johannesburg.
2002: My Comrade with AIDS is still my Comrade, COSATU Collective, Johannesburg.
2001: The Social Protection handbook, COSATU Collective, Johannesburg.
1993: Fighting AIDS, National Progressive Primary Health Care Network booklet, South Africa.
1991: Images of Defiance: Protest Posters from South Africa 1980 - 1990, Raven Press (Written together with Posterbook Collective), Johannesburg.
1990: In Our Own Image, (textbook for  secondary school level Cultural Studies for Southern Africa), FEP, Gaborone.
1979: Bayezwa: Paintings and drawings of Southern Africa, South End Press, Boston.


2016: National liberation is necessarily an act of culture: Visual arts of the armed struggle in Southern Africa, paper given at Conference Politics of the Armed Struggle in Southern Africa
2013: Khulumani! Talking to the concept, structure and outcomes of Khulumani Support Group’s Art, Healing and Heritage Workshops, paper by Judy Seidman and Nomarussia Bonasa for Khulumani Support Group at Dance for Life conference.
2010: The Art of National Liberation; Thami Mnyele and Medu Art Ensemble retrospective, Thami + Medu exhibition catalogue, Johannesburg Art Gallery and Jacana Press, Johannesburg.
2010: Education for liberation, Chimurenga magazine, Cape Town.
2006: Drawn Lines: Belief, Emotion, and Aesthetic in the South African Poster Movement in Phillippa Hobbs, ed. "Messages and Meaning: the MTN art collection", MTN, Johannesburg.
2004: South African Art Historians, with Jillian Carman, paper on South African Poster Movement, Durban.
1997: Imagery and AIDS in South Africa, paper presented to Images and Empire conference in Yale University, Connecticut.
1992 - 1994: Africa South and East, Johannesburg.
1986 - 1989: Medu Art Ensemble Newsletter, Gaborone.


2006 - 2008: Curator, Poster Collection, South African History Archive, Johannesburg.
2004: Specialist advisor, Images of Defiance, MuseumAfrica, Johannesburg.
1995 - 1997: Executive member, Arts and Culture Alliance, Gauteng.
1994 - 1995: Executive member, Arts Educators Association, Gauteng.
1981 - 1985: Member, Medu Art Ensemble, Gaborone.


Botswana National Museum and Gallery, Gaborone, Botswana
Mayibuye Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
MTN collection, Johannesburg, South Africa
Museum of Revolutionary Art, Leningrad, Soviet Union
Museum of Modern Art, New York
South African History Archive, Johannesburg, South Africa

Nkoali Nawa

b. 1965, Goldfields, South Africa. Lives in Gugulethu, Cape Town
Nkoali Nawa started out as a gold mineworker, before moving into art-making. In doing so, he obtained a diploma and degree in fine art from Technikon Free State. His drawing and painting works depict the daily struggles of impoverished South African communities, the harsh working conditions of miners, as well as the intergenerational distress caused by the colonial structure of migrant labour systems. 

Art Education

2001: National Diploma, Fine Arts and B. Tech, Technikon Free State, Bloemfontein.

Solo Exhibitions (South Africa)

2008: Space, Association for Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town.
2002: Close-Up, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town

Group Exhibitions (South Africa)

2020: Latitudes Art Fair Online, The Creative Block by Spuer Arts Trust, online.
2018: Rituals, Association for Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town; Bashu Uhuru Freedom Festival, Johannesburg.
2007: Group Exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg.
2006: Group Exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg
2004: Heike Davies, Nkoali Nawa and Committee Work, Association for Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town.
2004: Exhibition, Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg
2003: The Brett Kabbel Art Awards, Cape Town International Convention Centre
2003: Members' Exhibition, Association for Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town
2003: Group Exhibition, SA National Gallery Annexe, Cape Town.
2002: South African International Trade Exhibition (SAITEX), Johannesburg.
2002: Group Exhibition, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg.
2002: Outdoor gallery (Billboard), Johannesburg.
2002: Group Exhitbition, Fordsburg artists studios, Johannesburg.
2001: Group Exhibition, DC art gallery, Cape Town.
2001: Group Exhibition, Spaza art gallery, Johannesburg.
1998: Annual student art exhibition, Central university of technology, Bloemfontein.
1995: Annual student art exhibition, Central university of technology, Bloemfontein.

Group Exhibitions (international)

2013: Our Daily Work/ Our Daily Lives, Michigan State University Museum (MSUM), East Lansing.
2006: L’atelier, Renault Show Room, Paris.
2004: The ID of South African Artists, Fortis Circus Theater, Scheveningen.

Artist Residency

2018: Nando's Creative Exchange, Cape Town.
2002: Bag Factory Visiting Artist, Johannesburg, & Greatmore Art Studios, Cape Town.


2003: National Finalist, The Brett Kebble Awards, Cape Town.


Murals: Mineworker Development Agency; National Union of Mineworkers South Africa (NUMSA); Coca-Cola South Africa.
Book illustrations and covers: Human Rights Media Centre; Keels Publisher.
Report Covers: Labour Research Service; Ditikini Investment Company annual&nbsp.
Artwork: Community House, Salt River.

Other Work

1996 – 2003: Art Lecturer and teacher, various schools and institutions, South Africa.


Mpumelelo Melane

b. 1962, New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Mpumelelo Melane is a sculptor, who carved wooden figures in his spare time while working in posts as a labourer. After receiving chisels and some career advice from a man called Tom Ungerer in the 1980s, Melane joined Imvaba Association, and later went to Cape Town, where he trained at the Community Arts Project (CAP). Melane’s sculptures are largely portraits and figurative representations of people.


1990: Training Art Course for cultural workers, Community Arts Project, Cape Town.
1988: Imvaba Arts Association.
1980s: Fine Arts, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth (incomplete)

Group Exhibitions (South Africa)

1992: Visual Arts Group travelling exhibition, Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town, Cape Town.
1992: Grahamstown Arts Festival, Grahamstown.

Group Exhibitions (International)

1990: Touring exhibition, United Kingdom and Denmark.


2003 - 2005: Art Facilitator, Siyaya Centre for Young Arts
1990: Delegate, Zabalaza Festival, London [Created mural at the Institute of Contemporary Arts with other South African delegates (among them Thami Jali, Sophie Peters, Louise Almon, Helen Sebidi).]


Thami Jali

b. 1955, Lamontville, Durban.
Thami Jali is a painter, ceramicist and printmaker. As an alumni of the Rorke’s Drift Art & Craft Centre, he helped to re-establish the ceramics studio for their 2004 re-opening. Jali’s subject matter is as broad as his skill set, engaging areas from political life, dreams and the surreal, to forms from nature. 


1983 - 1984: Ceramics, Natal Technikon, KwaZulu-Natal.
1981 - 1982: Rorke's Drift Art & Craft Centre, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Solo Exhibitions (South Africa)

2014: Restless Spirt, Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
2007: Transformation, BAT Centre - Menzi Mchunu Gallery, Durban.
1998: Ungqofo Ulalele, BAT Centre - Menzi Mchunu Gallery, Durban.

Group Exhibitions (South Africa)

2014: Retroactive, KwaZulu-Natal Society of Art (KZNSA) Gallery, Durban.
2011: Three Parts More Harmony, Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
2011: Amandla, BAT Centre - Menzi Mchunu and Democratic Galleries, Durban.
2010: Amandla, Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
2009: A Known Heritage, Kizo Art Gallery, Umhlanga.
2004: InniBos Kunstefees, Nelspruit.
1995: Africus: Johannesburg Biennale ’95, Johannesburg
1995: 38 Essex Road, NSA Gallery, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
1994: National Arts Trust Exhibition, BAT Centre, Durban.
1992: Thupelo Workshop Exhibition, Federated Union of Black Artists (FUBA) Gallery, Johannesburg.
1991: Thupelo Workshop Exhibition, Federated Union of Black Artists (FUBA) Gallery, Johannesburg.
1990: Vulamehlo – Open Eye,  Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
1989: Five Friends, (Paul Sibisi, Mpolokeng Ramphomane, Sifiso kaMkame, Gordon Gabashane and Thami Jali), fka Natal Society of Art (NSA) Gallery, Durban.
1989: Objects of Utility, Federated Union of Black Artists (FUBA) Gallery, Johannesburg.
1988: Friends of Freedom, Federated Union of Black Artists (FUBA) Gallery, Johannesburg.
1980 - 1982: Festival of African Art, University of Zululand, Richards Bay.

Group Exhibitions (International)

1997: New Dehli Triennale, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Dehli.
1993: ART OMI, International Artists Workshop, New York.
1990: Art from South African Townships, Institute for Contemporary Arts, London.
1983: Art Communication, Indingilizi Gallery, Mbabane.

Workshops & Residencies

1997: Artist in Residence, Edgewood College, Wisconsin.
1990: Zabalaza Festival, Institute of Contemporary Art, London.


1982: First Prize - Sculpture, Festival of African Arts, University of Zululand, Richard's Bay.


2017: Judge, PPC Imaginarium Awards, South Africa.
2004: Re-established the ceramics studio, Rorke's Drift Art & Craft Centre, Kwa-Zulu Natal.
2000: Ceramic tile project, Matsulu Art Centre, Mpumalanga. 
1991: Trustee, Community Mural Projects, Cultural Trust, Durban.
1987: Pottery and sculpture teacher, Mofolo Art Centre, Soweto.
1983 - 1984: Founder, Art Communications, Natal Technikon (now Durban University of Technology).

Public collections

Campbell Collection, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.
Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.
The Constitutional Court, Johannesburg.
University of Zululand, Richard's Bay.

Sithembiso Sangweni, Thami Jali, artist on a mission, (ASAI, 2018).
Thami Jali, Recalling Community Mural Projects, (ASAI, 2018).
Jenny Stretton, Thami Jali: Restless Spirit, (ASAI, 2018; originally published in 2014 by Durban Art Gallery).
Jenny Stretton, Thami Jali talks to curator Jenny Stretton about his vision for the future, (ASAI, 2018; originally published in 2014 by Durban Art Gallery).
Bren Brophy, Terry-Anne Stevenson reflects on an artistic life shared with Thami Jali, (ASAI, 2018; originally published in 2014 by Durban Art Gallery).
Witty Nyide, Directions to find Thami Jali (ASAI, 2018; originally published in 2014 by Durban Art Gallery).

Michael Barry

b. Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 1954.
Michael Barry is an artist and educator. He studied fine art at the University of Cape Town and is currently pursuing a PHD at Nelson Mandela University where he heads up the Department of Arts and Culture. Barry was an active member of the Imvaba Arts Association. He continues to be involved in numerous cultural development projects around Port Elizabeth. 

Art Education

2012: Masters, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth.
1981: Bachelor of Art, Fine Art, Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town.
1985: Higher Degree, Education, University of Cape Town, Cape Town.

Group Exhibitions (South Africa)

2017: Just Painting, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth.
2016: #TheVoices, National Arts Festival, Albany Museum, Grahamstown.
2015: Art State, Gallery NOKO, Port Elizabeth.
2014: Redefinition of the status quo – collector’s edition, Gallery NOKO, Port Elizabeth.
2013: Collective 2013, artSPACE Gallery, Durban.
2012: A4 Ideas, Boomtown, Port Elizabeth.
1981: Young South African Photographers, South African National Gallery, Cape Town.

Public Commissions

Route 67, Nelson Mandela Bay Arts Journey, Port Elizabeth.
2013: Kite boy and Skipping girls, Helenvale Urban Renewal Programme, Thusong Centre, Port Elizabeth.
The Sunday Times 100 year celebration public art work, Queenstown.


Zamani Makhanya

b. 1959. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Zamani Romeo Makhanya is an artist and educator. He studied fine art at the University of Fort Hare before embarking on a teaching career at the Ntuzuma College of Education. Makhanya’s works give poetic form to ideas that relate to African culture, spirituality and aesthetics.

Sophie Perryer, 10 years, 100 artists – Art in a Democratic South Africa, (Bell Roberts, Cape Town, 2004), 218-221


  Hayden Proud, ReVisions: Expanding the Narrative of South African Art, (UNISA Press Pretoria, 2006), 328-329


Art education

1985: Honours degree in Fine Art and Higher diploma in Education, University of Fort Hare, Alice

Solo Exhibitions (South Africa)

2004: Alliance Francaise, Johannesburg.
2003: The unfolding spirit, African Art Centre, Durban.

Solo Exhibitions (International)

2004: Ibuya, Maison De L’Outre-Mer, Nantes, France.

Group Exhibitions (South Africa)

2017: Sea Level, Artspace, Durban.
2017: Rainbow Exhibition, Duotone Gallery, Cape Town.
2015: Duotone, Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town.
2013: Inkunzi Emanxeba: The legacy continues…, Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
2011: “DON’T/PANIC", Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
2005: The 5 M's Exhibition, The African Art Centre, Durban.
2004: Ties That Bind, Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
2003: Thwasa, 3rd Eye Vision collective, KwaZulu-Natal Society of Art Gallery, Durban.
2002: Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town.
2001: Untold tales of magic: Abelumbi, Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
2001: Masked/Unmasked, 37 Craft Avenue, Durban.

Workshops & Residencies

2006: Thupelo Regional Workshop, Durban Cultural and Documentation Centre, Durban.


2018: Judge, KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA) Members' Exhibition, Durban.
1986 - 1999: Art Teacher, Ntuzuma College of Education, KwaZulu Natal.


Krishna Luchoomun

b. 1962, Mauritius.

Krishna Luchoomun is an artist, art lecturer and organiser from Mauritius. He is the co-founder of pARTage, an artist led art organisation working for the promotion of contemporary art in Mauritius.


Because of its colonial past, Mauritius is an island where different cultural groups pretend to live together. Since my early childhood, I have been exposed to different customs and traditions and this has helped shape my awareness of the world, of what it means to be human and of the innate need that most of us have to connect – physically, emotionally and spiritually – with other human beings and with the natural world. This sensitivity is at the heart of my practice. I use clothing not only as a basic material, but essentially as a means of artistic expression to revisit both slavery and indentureship to explore issues pertaining to Identity, multiculturalism and nationhood. And linking these to the reality of today’s world in relation to life, culture, economy and politics of Mauritian society.

Art Education

Currently Senior Lecturer at M.G.I. School of Fine Arts
1990 M.A. in fine arts, Academy of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, former USSR
Part-time lecturer, Visual Arts Department, Mauritius Institute of Education
Part-time lecturer, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Mauritius
Part-time lecturer, IVTB School of design, Mauritius

Solo Exhibitions

2015 My Soviet years, French Cultural centre, Mauritius
2010 Doors, Imaaya gallery, Mauritius
2006 KULER RUZ&lt, gallery, Mauritius
2004 Charles Gounod Gallery, Reunion
2000 Plantage Dookland, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2000 Alliance Française, Mauritius
1991 Eureka House, Mauritius
1990 House of Friendship, Leningrad, Russia

Group Exhibitions

2017 pARTage International Artists Workshop, French Cultural centre
2017 Artistes des Iles de L`ocean Indien, La Region, Reunion
2017 Third Dot, Long Beach Hotel, Mauritius
2017 PORLWI by Nature, Mauritius
2017 Geumgang Nature Art Center, South Korea
2016 Mother Earth, Father Sky, Tsukuba Art Centre, Japan
2016 Borderline, Granary, Mauritius
2016 WE- Architecture, Korean Cultural centre Delhi, India
2016 METAFORM; Rogers House, Mauritius
2016 PORLWI by People, Mauritius
2015 First Mauritius Pavilion 56th Venice Biennale, Italy
2014 ARTchipelago, IFM, Mauritius
2013 IKARU, Pretoria Art Museum, South Africa
2013 Offline, Portugal
2012 Thupelo, Johannesburg, South Africa
2012 Triangle 30 years, New York, USA
2011 CBK Zuidoost gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2010 International workshop, AIFACS, India
2009 SADC meeting, Botswana
2008 Beijing 3rd Biennale, China
2007 insulART international exhibition, MGI, Mauritius
2006 Open Studios, Gasworks, London, UK
2006 Britto, Bangladesh
2005 2nd Biennale Beijing, China
2005 2nd East African Biennale, Tanzania
2004 pARTage International Artists Workshop, Mauritius
2003 Staedlijk Museum of Zwolle, The Netherlands
2003 Nicole Chabot and Krishna, Alliance Francaise, Mauritius
2003 Abiko Open Air exhibition, Abiko, Japan
2003 Latitude 2003, Municipality of Paris, France
2003 Karte postale, St Pierre, Reunion
2003 Modern Arts Museum, Windhoek, Namibia
2002 1st Triennial, Mauritius
2001 Slip Way Art Gallery, Dar-Es-Salam, Tanzania
1999 International artists` workshop, Nida, Lithuania
1999 World Print Triennial, Chamalieres, France
1999 MOBAA Millenium exhibition, Mauritius
1999 Escale International Exhibition, Eureka, Mauritius
1999 MOBBA Sequences, Le Caudan, Mauritius
1999 African contemporary Art, Beijing, China
1997 9th Triennial, India
1995 Africus, Johannesburg Biennial, South Africa
1995 Uecker Class, Dusseldorf, Germany
1994 World Prints Triennial, Chamalieres, France
1994 Werkhof gallery, Germany
1993 Bothnia Seascape, Oulu, Finland
1993 Salon d’Automne, Paris, France
1992 Biennial of Seychelles

Residencies & Workshops

1993 Seascape Symposium, Finland
1995 Uecker Workshop, Dusseldorf, Germany
1995 International Creole Festival, Reunion
1997 Gandhi Residential Artists Workshop, India
1998 Printmaking Workshop with H. Di. Rosa, French Cultural Centre
1999 Residential Workshop, Nida, Lithuania
2000 Printmaking Workshop, Reunion
2000 SADC Art and Crafts workshop, Namibia
2001 Thami Mnyele, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2001 Raffiki International Artists` workshop, Tanzania
2003 Abiko Residential workshop, Japan
2004 pARTage Residential workshop, Mauritius
2005 2nd Beijing Biennale workshop, China
2006 Two Months residency at Gas works studios, London
2007 insulART workshop, Mauritius
2007 ESCALE 10 years later, Mauritius
2008 Britto international workshop, Bangladesh
2008 Beijing Biennale, China
2009 Indian diaspora workshop, Mauritius

Art Positions Held

2017 Head of International Jury, Seychelles Biennale
2016 International Jury Barclays, L`Atelier, Johannesburg
2011 International Jury Video Brazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2003 Co-founder of pARTage (association of Mauritian artists), Mauritius
Art organiser, Mauritius Examinations Syndicate, Mauritius
Art examiner, Mauritius Examinations Syndicate, Mauritius
Member of Arts Panel at Curriculum Research Center, Mauritius


Museum of U.S.S.R Academy of Fine Arts, Russia
State House of Republic of Mauritius, Mauritius
Prime Minister`s Office, Mauritius
Municipality of Port-Louis, Mauritius
Airport of Mauritius, Mauritius
The British Council, Mauritius
Bothnia Seascape Fund, Finland
The municipality of Salazie, Reunion
Bank National of Paris, Mauritius
Lalit Kala Academy Fund, India
Mauritius Offshore Banking Activities Authority, Mauritius
Bibliotheque Nationale de Paris, France
Thami Mnyele Foundation, The Netherlands
Rafiki Foundation, Tanzania
Munich Re- Insurance (German Offshore), Mauritius
Avalon Golf Estate, Mauritius
Office of the president of India, India
International Financial Services, Mauritius
Mauritius Commercial Bank
Central Bank of Mauritius
Private Collections in France, Reunion, England, Russia, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, India, The Netherlands, South Africa, Namibia, Belgium

Published Works & Critical Reviews

Salon d’Automne, France
Biennial of Seychelles, Seychelles
World Printstriennial, Chamalieres, France
World of Ex-Libris, Switzerland
Made in Mauritius, Germany
9th Trienniale, India
MOBAA, Mauritius
Artists of the World – Save the Children, Mauritius
MOBAA Millenium exhibition, Mauritius
Abiko 2003, Japan
Latitude 2003, Paris, France
pARTage workshop 2004, Mauritius
2nd Biennale, China
Art in Mauritius, Mauritius
Springerin, Austria
3rd Biennale, China
Ties, Mauritius
Venice Biennial

Kristin NG-Yang

Kristin NG-Yang

b. 1970 Shandong, China. Lives in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Kristin NG-Yang draws on her dual Chinese and South African identity to reflect on questions of migration, nature, agency and identity.

Art Education

Present: PhD, University of KwaZulu- Natal, KwaZulu-Natal.
2004: Master of Fine Art, University of KwaZulu-Natal, KwaZulu-Natal.
1991: Central Academy of Fine Arts (majoring in oil paint painting), Beijing. 

Solo Exhibitions

2017: Perceptions & Prejudices, The Other Room, Durban.
2016: Bird/Fish Solo Exhibition, Noeli Galley, Shanghai.
2016: Bird/Fish Solo Exhibition,National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa. 
2016: Bird/Fish Solo Exhibition, Durban Art Gallery & Rivertown Contemporary, Durban. 
2015: Kristin’s Solo Exhibition, Tamasa Gallery, Durban.
2014: Diary in South Africa, Noeli Galley, Shanghai.
2013: Living in South Africa, Noeli Galley, Shanghai.
2012: Interpretation, Alliance Francaise, Durban.
2008: Art works by Kristin Hua Yang, Fogolino Art Gallery, Trento, Italy.
2008: Art works by Kristin Hua Yang, Cassa Rurale di Pergine, Pergine, Italy.
2007: Nordic Forest, KZNSA Gallery, Durban.
2004: Submerged Mindscape, Tamasa Gallery, Durban.
2003: MAFA exhibition, Jack Heath Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. 
2001: Drawing and oil paintings, Jack Heath Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.

Group exhibitions

2017: Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg. 
2017: Bird/Fish studio I (with Rory Klopper), Bird/Fish Studio, Beijing.
2016: Zhishang - Kongjian, Bird Nest Art Center, Beijing, China
2016: Zhishang - Wanwei, Ban Space, Shanghai, China
2016: Zhishang - Zhishang, National Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China
2015: Zhongshan Art Fair, Zhongshan, Guangdong, China
2015: Female Art Exhibition, Naked Eye Gallery, Beijing, China
2014: LiRenWeiMei, ShangShang Art Gallery, Beijing, China
2014: Chufu, Yixing Art Space, Beijing, China
2014: ChongGouYiXiang 1, Yi Space, Beijing, China
2014: Exhale, Art Space Durban
2013: Sound From Africa, East Gallery, Guanlan, China
2013: The 2nd Chinese Young Artist selected Prints Exhibition, 798 Art Zone, Beijing & Qingdao art Gallery, Shenzhen, China
2013: What Lies Beneath, KZNSA Gallery, Durban
2013: Consider China, Art Space Durban, South Africa.
2013: Chun Guang Za Xian, Yi Gallery, Beijing, China.
2012: Across the parallel lines (with Diane Victor), East Galley, Guanlan, China
2012: Lady of the Forest, Inky cuttlefish Studio, London, UK
2012: Art on Paper, Nairobi National Museum, Kenya
2011: Emerging Artist from South Africa, Pangyongjie Studio, Beijing, China
2010: 10 Years, 10 Artists, Tamasa Gallery, Durban
2010: Art exhibition, St Paul secondary school, London, U.K.
2010: Red Eye, Durban Art Gallery, Durban
2010: Woman's Day, Durban Art Gallery, Durban
2010: Jabulisa 2001, Tatham Art Gallery, Travelled to Durban, Margate, Empangeni, Eshowe Museum and Newcastle
2009: Cultural Landscapes, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg
2008: CVA exhibition of staff and graduate students, Jack Heath Gallery, Pietermaritzburg
2008: Annual members exhibition, KZNSA Gallery, Durban
2007: Pure and Simple, duet exhibition at ArtSpace, Durban
2007: Intel Exhibition of Art Works, Johannesburg and Cape Town
2007: Woman's Day, Durban Art Gallery, Durban
2007: A4 from Durban, ArtSpace Berlin, Germany
2007: Annual members exhibition, KZNSA Gallery, Durban
2006: Renault Artists: Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg; Renault exhibition hall, Port Elizabeth & Renault exhibition hall, Paris, France


2002: Top 45 Postgraduate Student Scholarship, University of KwaZulu-Natal
2010-2012: Rita Strong Scholarship
2001-2003: Rita Strong Scholarship

Avhashoni Mainganye

Avhashoni Mainganye

b. Venda, Limpopo, South Africa, 1957. Lives in Thohoyandou.

Avhashoni Mainganye is an artist, art educator, cultural activist and poet, and has been instrumental in promoting artistic activity in Limpopo. Initially producing art with strong socio-political overtones, his work has become increasingly abstract,  with questions of African culture interfacing with broader humanist concerns. 



Phillipa Hobbs, Messages and Meaning: The MTN Art Collection, (David Krut Publishing, Johannesburg, 2006), 147)




Brett Kebble Awards 2004, (Marulelo Communications: Cape Town, 2004), 146-147)




Art education

1981-82: Rorke's Drift Art & Craft Centre, Kwa-Zulu Natal.
1985-89: Funda Art Centre, Soweto, Johannesburg.

Solo Exhibitions

2010: Journey, iZArte, Zutphen, Netherlands.
2008: Journey, Association for the Visual Arts, Cape Town.
2000: Coker College, North Carolina, USA.
1992:  Polokwane Art Museum, Polokwane.

Group Exhibitions

2019: The Mahlakasela collection, Henry Ponder Gallery, South Carolina.
2016: FNB Joburg Art Fair, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg.
2015: Art Santa Fe 2015, Sante Fe Convention Center, New Mexico.
2015: Opening the Drawers: A Limited Edition Print Pop Up Shop, David Krut Projects, Johannesburg.
2015: Venda Tsonga Craft Art Exhibition, Madi a Thavha Lodge, Limpopo.
2014: Work on Paper, Trent Gallery, Pretoria.
2011: Collages, African Studies Centre, Leiden, Netherlands.
2007: 30 Years of Soweto Printmaking, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg.
2006: Avashoni Mainganye and Sandile Zulu – New Works, David Krut Projects, Johannesburg.
2004 - 5: Soul Of Africa: Art as a Cornerstone for Development, The Development Bank of Southern Africa, Johannesburg.
2001: Golelanwali, Alliance Francais, Johannesburg. 
1995: Spring Time in Chile, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago, Chile.
1995: Africa95, Royal Academy of Arts, London.
1994: Artists for Peace, Geneva.
1989: Women, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg.
1988: VhaVenda / Shangaan Wood Sculptures, South African Association of Arts, Pretoria.
1987: National Museum & Gallery, Gaborone.
1985: BMW Tributaries, Africana Museum in progress, Johannesburg.
1985: Artimo (Art in Motion), Market Gallery, Johannesburg.

Workshops & Residencies

2016: Transvisions in Wood, Karoo.
2008: International AIDS Conference, Polokwane Art Gallery, Polokwane.
2007: Triangle workshop, Isle of Tanera Mhor, Scotland.
2006: Greatmore Studios residency, Cape Town.
2005: Venda Land of Legends, Venda & Tsonga wood carving workshop, Netherlands.
1999: Craft/Art, Joint wood carving workshop with Graham Jones, Grahamstown Arts Festival, Grahamstown.
1995: Spring in Chile cultural exchange programme, Chile.
1994: Koma, collaboration with Stefano Kofmehl of Locarno, Switzerland.
1990: Soweto Action, Art Residency, France & Switzerland.
1986 - 2006: Thupelo Art Workshops, Cape Town.


2020: ACT Lifetime Achievement award for Visual Arts.
2016: MEC Achievers Award, Limpopo Department of Arts and Culture, Polokwane.
2008: Top five, Sasol Wax Art Awards, University of Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg
2007: Top ten, Sasol Wax Art Awards, University of Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg.
2005: Achievers Award, Limpopo Mapungubwe Arts Festival, Polokwane.
2004: Finalist, Brett Kebble Awards.
1994: Participant, FNB Vita Awards.
1985: Solomon Reuben and Ann Winer Bursary.


2014: Host, the Ubuntu Trust, Thohoyandou Arts & Culture Centre, Thohoyandou.
2009: Selection panel, Department of Arts and Culture's Arts & Craft Awards.
2004 - 5: Selection panel, Soul of Africa exhibition, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Johannesburg.
2001: Art teacher, printing, Feniks International 20th Anniversary, Belgium.
2000: Art teacher, painting and printing at Coker College, North Carolina
1999: Arts facilitator, Thohoyandou Arts and Culture Centre, Thohoyandou.
1985 - 2006: United States - South Africa Leader Exchange Program (USSALEP)

Public collections

IBM South Africa, Cape Town.
MTN, Johannesburg.
Anglovalal Mining Company, Johannesburg.
Fur Volkerkunde Museum, Hamburg, Germany.
Totem Meneghelli Gallery, Johannesburg.
Polokwane Art Museum, Polokwane.
University of Zululand, Richards Bay.
University Limpopo, Mankweng.
University of Venda, Thohoyandou.
The Ghandi Foundation, London.


Dolla Sapeta

Dolla Sapeta

b. New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 1967.

Mxolisi Dolla Sapeta is a painter and writer. Dolla Sapeta explores issues of alienation and dehumanisation in the contemporary urban environment.


Art Education

2016: Master of Arts in Creative Writing, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.
1999: Drawing Certificate, University of South Africa.
1999: Fine Arts National Diploma, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth.
1998: Foundation Art Studies, Intec College. 

Solo Exhibitions

2013: Bloodline v Deadline, Storefront Art Space, Pittsfield, USA.
2013 - 2014: Midlife Colour, Atheneum Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth. 
2009: New World Other, Bell-Roberts Contemporary Art Gallery, Cape Town.
2007: Detached, Bell-Roberts Contemporary Art Gallery, Cape Town.
2005: Shifting Centers, Green Gallery, Grahamstown.
2000: Makwerekwere, The Nativ Kollektive Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth.
1998: Fragile Society, Cuyler Street Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth.

Group Exhibitions - International

2019: Nando’s and Spier Trust, 1-54 Contemporary Art Fair, London.
2014: Imago Mundi: The Art of Humanity, Treviso, Italy.
2015: Imago Mundi: The Art of Humanity, Rome.
2015: Map of the New Art, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice. 
2016: The Art of Humanity, The Pratt Institute, New York.
2014: Liminal Reclamation, Old School, New York.
2008: Frolunda Culturhus, Goteborg, Sweden.
2008: Netherlands Art Fair, Amsterdam.
2002: 4th Pan-Africanist Circle of Artists (PACA) Biennale, Lagos.

Group Exhibitions - South Africa

2018: Collective Ink, GFI Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth. 
2017: Collector’s Edition II, Gallerie Noko, Port Elizabeth.
2017: The Spier Creative Block, GFI Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth. 
2016: The Circus and the Zoo, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town.
2015: Dialogue, William Humphrey Art Gallery, Kimberley.
2014: Here Be The Dragon, Underculture Contemporary Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth.
2014: Art Action with Ian von Mementry in Aid of St Francis Hospice, GIF Contemporary Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth.
2014: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Biennial Exhibition, The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth.
2014: A Shade of Pink, Gallerie Noko, Port Elizabeth.
2014: Xpressions: 2014 Biannual Fine Art Exhibition, ART Gallery, Port Elizabeth.
2014: 4:40, ART Gallery, Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown National Festival, Grahamstown.
2014: Food for thought, ART gallery, Port Elizabeth.
2013: ART Gallery, Port Elizabeth.
2012: National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.
2007: Bell-Roberts Contemporary Art Gallery, Cape Town.
2007: Surface Tension, Heidi Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town.
2003: "Window-dress puppet master versus institution chicken boy", Cuyler Street Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth.
2001: Pty. L.T.D., EPSAC Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth.

Workshops & Residencies

2015: “Singaphi” Environmental Public Art Community Project”, New Brighton, Port Elizabeth.
2013: IS183 Berkshire Residency Program, Massachusetts.
2012: Spoken Word and Music Mamela Festival, poetry participant, The Port Elizabeth Opera House, Port Elizabeth.
2011: Storefront Projects Art Residency, Massachusetts.
2011: Art Omi international Residency program, New York.
2008: KV Konstskola, facilitated workshop, Göteborg, Sweden.
2008: Magisterelever Konst Hogskolan,  Valand Academy, Göteborg, Sweden.
2008: Bell-Roberts Contemporary Art Gallery, facilitated workshop, Cape Town.
1994-95: Gerard Sekoto annual children’s day workshop, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth.
1991-1993: NACOSA Aids Awareness workshop, Port Elizabeth.


2013: Judge, ABSA L’atelier National Arts Competition, Johannesburg.
2010: Public sculpture, Donkin Reserve, Port Elizabeth.
2006: Public mosoaic, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality commission, New Brighton Township, Port Elizabeth. 
2006: The Tower, a public collaboration of mosaic design between Ayanda Mji and Mxolisi Dolla Sapeta, eMbizweni Public Square, Port Elizabeth.
2003: Judge, ABSA L’atelier National Arts Competition, Johannesburg.
2002: Co-Curator, Changing Attitudes, PACA Biennale, Pendulum Art Gallery, Lagos; University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.
2001: Commissioned by the Department of Road Safety to execute murals in Port Elizabeth, Graaf Reinet and Uitenhage.
1999: Co-executed a monumental wall at the Grand Hotel, Port Elizabeth.
1996: Commissioned by the Department of Health, Aids Awareness mural, Brista House building, Port Elizabeth.


Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth.
Pan African Circle of Artists (PACA), Enugu, Nigeria.
Omi International Art Centre, New York, USA.



Louise Almon

b. 1958, Port St. Johns, South Africa; lives in Kalk Bay.
Louise Almon is a painter who studied art at Rhodes University and the University of Cape Town. She was a founder member of the Imvaba Arts Association and worked from the Lilian Road Studios in Johannesburg for fifteen years. Her paintings are figurative with expressive qualities.


1977 – 1980: Bachelor of Arts, University of Cape Town, Cape Town.
1975 – 1976: School of Fine Art, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

Solo Exhibitions (South Africa)

2017: Present in Absence, Candice Berman Gallery, Cape Town.

Group Exhibitions (South Africa)

2017: Turbine Art Fair, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg.
2016: Turbine Art Fair, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg.
2016: That Art Fair, The Palms, Cape Town.
2016: KKNK Arts Festival, Candice Berman Gallery,  Oudtshoorn
2015: Turbine Art Fair, Candice Berman Gallery, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg.
2015: Cache III, In Toto Gallery, Johannesburg.
2014: Turbine Art Fair, Candice Berman Gallery, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg.
2014: Hodgins House, Johannesburg.
2012: In Toto Gallery, Johannesburg
2010: Decade, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg.
2009: Lilian Road Studios, Johannesburg.
2009: Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg.
2008: Cuyler Street Gallery, Port Elizabeth.
2007: Stewart Gallery, Johannesburg.
2006: Stewart Gallery, Johannesburg.
2005: Generations, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg.
2002: Facets, Carol Lee Fine Art, Upstairs @ Bamboo, Johannesburg.
2002: Allsorts, Carol Lee Fine Art, Upstairs @ Bamboo, Johannesburg.
2002: Canvas and Clay, Admiralty Gallery, Port Elizabeth.
1998: King George VI Art Gallery, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth.
1997: Pro Arte exhibition, Robertson.
1989: Imvaba Arts Exhibition, Korsten Trade Union Offices, Port Elizabeth.

Group Exhibitions (International)

2016: START Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, London.
2002: Contemporary South African Art, London.
2010: Myerson Art, London.
1990: Zabalaza Arts Festival, London.
1990: Art from South Africa,  Museum of Modern Art, Oxford.


2012: Cite International des Arts, Paris.

Public Works

1994 – 1996: Aids murals, commissioned in Port Elizabeth
1991: The Worker and Yellow CraneNelson Mandela Metropolitan University permanent collection, Port Elizabeth.
1991: Memories of 1985, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University permanent collection, Port Elizabeth.
1985: Mural for Metal and Allied Workers Union (MAWU).
1985: COSATU emblem.
1985 – 1994: Various murals and banners as part of the  Imvaba Arts Mural Grouper. (These are now part of the Mayibuye Collection of the University of the Western Cape, housed at the Robben Island Museum.)

Ennri Kums

Ennri Kums (Henry Coombes)

b. Mauritius 1948. Lives in Port Louis, Mauritius.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ennri Kums (aka Henry Koombes/ Coombes) is an artist and illustrator. A self-taught artist, Ennri Kums deals directly with themes of sexuality and death in his works, with a strong homo-erotic focus. He is the creator of the Adventures of Tikulu, a series of books aimed at children. 

Art Education



2018: D’Éros Et d’Épines, Artelier, Port-Louis, Mauritius.
2015: Eros Thanatos, Imaaya Art Gallery, Mauritius.
2010: Sensored, Imaaya Art Gallery, Mauritius.
2000: Millennium Exhibition, Mauritius.
1998: Sequences 3, MOBAA Caudan Waterfront, Mauritius.
1998: Art in the world, Paris.
1998: Seychelles Biennale, Seychelles Islands.
1998: L’Art Dans Le Monde, Beaux-Arts Magazine, Paris.
1997: New Delhi Triennial, India.
1997: Suites Africaines, Couvent des Cordeliers, Paris.
1996: Un incomparable de Kums, La Fabriks, Marseille.
1996: Novante Nova Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
1996: L’Etoile Noire, Salle Clément Ader, Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius.
1993: Art Contemporain en Francophonie, Port-Louis, Mauritius.
1993: Centre Wallonie, Bruxelle, Belgium and Paris.
1992: Esta Novo Gallery, Tokyo. 
1992: Maison Créole d’Eureka, Mauritius.
1992: The Group of Nine, Port Louis, Mauritius Hill, Mauritius.
1989: Maison Créole d’Eureka, Mauritius. 
1988: Black Bull Gallery Fulham Road, London.
1986: Hélène de Senneville Gallery, Mauritius.
1985: Cadre Noir, Reunion.
1984: Cultural Center Charles Baudelaire, Rose-Hill, Mauritius


1995: Concours de Beats (with Dominic Larrivaz), Merlan Theater, Marseille, France
1995: Musical comedy Mokko, Whiting Theater, Marseille, France
1994: Musical comedy Mokko (sets, costume, actor), Port Louis Theater, Mauritius


1997: La Fabriks, Marseille, France.
1996: Rotterdam, Netherlands.
1995: Marseille, France.

Childrens books

1998-present: Creator and illustrator a series of children’s books entitled The Adventures of Tikulu


Sultana Haukim

b. 1974, Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius.

Sultana Haukim’s paintings and installations focus on issues affecting women in society such as female identity, sexual abuse and the dowry system.

Art Education

2003: Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Fine Art with Education, Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Mauritius.
1998: Teacher’s Diploma, Visual Arts, Mauritius Institute of Education, Mauritius.

Artist Statement

For the past few years my works have been focused on issues related to the life of women in our modern society. Being a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother, I have experienced the inequalities and prejudices towards woman and have better understood the situation of woman in the world. My status as a female artist gives me the possibilities to express and explore this closer universe of women.

My work also addresses the social and psychological dimensions of women's experience in contemporary societies. Issues about female identity, femininity, concepts of beauty, female genital mutilation, oppression, sexual abuse, abortion and the dowry system, are among the different issues that I have been analyzing in my artwork.

I use mannequins as a metaphor of the female body, being seen as an object to please. From lifeless and dumb, my intervention on them opens doors to various interpretations; colour, matter, out-cuts, assemblage, optical play are some of the ingredients which give the mannequins an alternative look to keep the eye alert and the mind awakened so as to create meaningful change for the future of women.

Solo Exhibitions (Mauritius)

2011: Le Suffren Hotel, Port Louis.
2005: L’Alliance Francaise, Port Louis.

Solo Exhibitions (International)

2013: WG Punt Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Group Exhibitions (Mauritius)

2017: State House, Mauritius.
2016: Porlwi by people Festival.
2016: Metaform.
2015: Porlwi by light Festival.
2015: Bridge, Eco/ art Festival.
2014: Exhibition to commemorate the arrival of Indians in Mauritius, theme Glory of Bihar.
2012: Performance night, Institut Francais de Maurice.
2011: Renaissance, Institut Francais de Maurice.
2010: Festival L’Univert, Institut Francais de Maurice.
2009: Dodo Project , pARTage Gallery.
2007 & 2011: Salon d’ete, SSR Art gallery, Port Louis.
2006: All African Rotary Summit exhibition, Sugar Beach hotel.
2005: Second Triennial of Contemporary Art of the Indian Ocean.
2003 - 2017: Participation in the yearly Salon de Mai, Mahatma Gandhi Institute.
2002: First Triennial of Contemporary Art of the Indian Ocean.

Group Exhibitions (International)

2015: Mauritius Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, Italy.
2013: Expoesie, Saint Malo, France.
2012: Thupelo International artists’ exhibition, Greatmore Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
2011: International artists exhibition, AIFACS, New Delhi, India.
2010: 4th International Biennale of Beijing, China.
2009: African Artist’s Network Exhibition, Kenya.
2008: International Artists exhibition, Theertha Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
2007: East African Biennale , Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.


2017: International workshop, Migration, identity and belonging, pARTage, Mauritius.
2014: International workshop, ARTchipelago, pARTage, Mauritius.
2012: Thupelo Wellington 2012, Wellington, South Africa.
2011: International workshop, AIFACS, New Delhi, India.
2011: International Workshop,Art in the Forest, pARTage, Mauritius.
2008: International Artist Workshop, Theertha Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
2006: Printmaking Workshop by Grete Marstein (Norway), Mauritius.
2006: ARTerre’ Workshop, pARTage, Mauritius.
2005: Second International Triennial of Contemporary Art, Mauritius.


2016: Tsukuba Artist in Residency, Father Sky, Mother Nature, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.
2013: Thami Mynele Foundation Studio, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
2012: Residency/workshop with the French artist Veronique Bigo.


2007: First prize, Painting competition, Municipality of Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius.
1996: Silver prize, Salon des Jeunes Talents Prometteur, L’institute pour le developpement des Arts de l’Ocean Indien, Port Louis, Mauritius.


2017: Migration, Identity and Belongings, pARTage.
2015:  56th Biennale of Venice, Italy.
2015: Pavilion of Mauritius, From One Citizen You Gather an idea, 56th Biennale of Venice.
2014: ARTchipelogo.
2012: Renaissance Exhibition.
2010: Commemoration of the Battle of Vieux Grand-Port.
2010: 4th International Biennale of Beijing, China.
2007: 1st Salon D'été.
2007: East Africa Art 2007 Biennale.
2006: Salon de Mai.
2006: ARTerre, Landscape Workshop, Mauritius.
Art for APRIM, (Parents’ association for the rehabilitation of mentally handicapped children).
1996: Salon des Talents Prometteurs 96.

Paul Sibisi

b. 1948, Umkhumbane, Durban.
A former student at Rorke’s Drift, long-serving art teacher and seasoned political and cultural activist, Paul Sibisi has been an influential figure in Durban’s art scene for decades. His paintings and prints provide cutting commentary on social injustice, with an emphasis on the affirmation of dignity of ordinary people. His aesthetic is both expressive and graphic, realist and poetic.

Gavin Younge, Art of the South African Townships, (Thames & Hudson London, 1988 ), 18-25, 72-75


E.J De Jager, Images of Man: Contemporary SA Black Art & Artists, (Ciskei: Fort Hare University Press in association with Fort Hare Foundation, 1992 ), 26-33


Hayden Proud, ReVisions: Expanding the Narrative of South African Art, (UNISA Press Pretoria, 2006), 250-251


Education and Training

1987: Art Education and Graphic Techniques, Fircraft College, Birmingham.
1973 - 74: ELC Art and Craft Centre, Rorke’s Drift, KwaZulu-Natal.
1968: Ndaleni Art School, KwaZulu-Natal.

Solo Exhibitions (South Africa)

2003: Revisiting Myself, African Art Centre, Durban.
1981: Exhibition, African Art Centre, Durban.
1973: Exhibition, Bojo Gallery, Durban.

Solo Exhibitions (International)

1987: My People are Our People, Anderson O'Day Gallery, London.

Group Exhibitions (South Africa)

2016: Beyond Binaries, Durban Art Gallery and KZNSA Gallery, Durban.
2006: ReVisions, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
2002: Abelumbi: Untold tales of magic, Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
1990 - 19991: Art from South Africa South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
1989: Five Friends (Paul Sibisi, Mpolokeng Ramphomane, Sifiso kaMkame, Gordon Gabashane and Thami Jali), fka Natal Society of Arts (NSA), Durban.
1987: Exhibition, Paul Mikula and Associates, Durban.
1986: Contemporary African Art: Selected works from the Pelmama Permanent Art Collection, Gallery 21, Johannesburg.
1985: Tributaries, Africana Museum in Progress, Johannesburg.
1984: Weddings — members exhibition, fka Natal Society of Arts (NSA), Durban.
1984: African Arts Festival, University of Zululand, Kwadlangezwa.
1983: African Arts Festival University of Zululand, Kwadlangezwa.
1982: African Arts Festival University of Zululand, Kwadlangezwa.
1982: My environment — members exhibition, fka Natal Society of Arts (NSA), Durban.
1981: Members exhibition, fka Natal Society of Arts (NSA), Durban.
1981: Exhibition of Black Art as Represented in the Campbell Collections of the University of Natal, Durban.
1981: African Arts Festival, University of Zululand, Kwadlangezwa.
1981: Haenggi Foundation National Art Competition Exhibition, Gallery 21, Johannesburg.
1980: African Arts Festival University of Zululand, Kwadlangezwa.
1980: Members exhibition, fka Natal Society of Arts (NSA), Durban.
1976: Urban African Art, Norman Dunn Gallery, Hilton.
1974: Annual Exhibition, University of Fort Hare, Alice.
1974: Exhibition (with Vuminkosi Zulu), fka Natal Society of Arts (NSA), Durban.
1973: Art SA Today, Durban Art Museum, Durban.
1973: Black Expo, African Art Centre, Durban.
1970: Annual Exhibition, University of Fort Hare.
1968: Exhibition, Metropolitan Church Hall, Pietermaritzburg.

Group Exhibitions (International)

1990 - 19991: Art from South Africa, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford.
1982: International Print Biennale, Bradford.
1984: International Print Biennale, Bradford.
1982: Art Toward Social Development: An Exhibition of SA Art, National Museum and Art Gallery, Gaborone.

Awards, Fellowships and Grants

1987: Fellowship, British council.
1984: Grant, Operation Crossroads Africa.
1981: First Prize, Art on the Mole '81 Competition.
1981: Fourth Prize, Haenggi Foundation National Art Competition.
1980: Third Prize, Art on the Mole '80 Competition.
1973: Graphic art award, Black Expo '73.
1973 - 1974: Bursary, South African Institute of Race Relations, (for study at ELC Art and Craft Centre, Rorke’s Drift).
1970: Award, University of Fort Hare Art Exhibition.
1968: Bursary, Department of Bantu Education, (for study at Ndaleni Art School).


1975 - 77: Art Teacher, Kwathambo Combined School, Amanzimtoti & Mzuvele High School, KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal.
1969 - 71: Art Teacher, Applebosch Training College, Oswatini, KwaZulu-Natal.


1986: Portfolio for Natal Performing Arts Council (NAPAC) - now The Playhouse Company.


Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
Killie Campbell Collection, Durban.
Norval Foundation, Cape Town.
Pelmama Art Collection
University of Fort Hare, Alice.
University of Zululand, Richards Bay.

Brenton Maart, Paul Sibisi and the Art of Protest, (ASAI, 2018).
Kolodi Senong, The visual narratives of Paul Sibisi,(ASAI, 2018).

Jill Trappler

Jill Trappler

Jb. 1957 Benoni, South Africa. Lives in Cape Town.

Jill Trappler has been a consistent exponent of non-representational art since the 1980s, as an artist and teacher. A stalwart of the Thupelo Project and Greatmore Artists Studios, Jill Trappler has been an influential presence in the South African art world and the Triangle Network. Jill established the Philani weaving project and the Intle cooperative project in Site B and Philippi, Cape Town. 

Art Education

1975- 1979: Johannesburg Art Foundation, Johannesburg.
1975- 1978: Bachelor of Arts, UNISA, South Africa.


2020: Canvas Workshop Residency with Jill Trappler, Lionel Davis and Garth Erasmus, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town.
2015: Triangle Workshop, New York.
1997-2014: Thupelo, various regional and local workshops.
1996: Thupelo, Johannesburg [participant].
1981-84: Community Arts Project (CAP), Cape Town.

Solo Exhibitions

2019: Reverberations, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town.
2019: Stoep, Gallery South, Muizenberg.
2016: Cape Town Art Fair, Seippel Gallery, Cape Town.
2016: That Art Fair, Cape Town.
2016: Gallery Mojo, Dubai.
2016: Kim Sack Gallery, Johannesburg.
2016: Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town.
2016: Irma Stern Gallery, Cape Town.
2015: The Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town.
2015: Canteen Gallery, Arts on Main, Johannesburg.
2012: Knysna Fine Arts Gallery, Knysna, Western Cape.
2010: Casa Labia Gallery, Muizenberg.
2009: Irma Stern Gallery, Cape Town.
2008: The Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town.
2008: Joe's Choice, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town.
2007: Bag Factory gallery, Johannesburg.
2007: Studio exhibition, Orange Street Studios, Cape Town.
2006: The Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town.
2006: Kwa-Zulu Natal Association of Arts gallery, Durban.
2003: Bellville Art, Cape Town.
2003: The Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town.
2002: Bag Factory, Johannesburg.
2001: The Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town.
2000: Tatham Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, KZN.
1999: The Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town.
1997: The Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town.
1995: Prime Art Gallery, Cape Town.
1995: The Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town.
1990: Gallery International, Cape Town.
1990: The Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town.

Group Exhibitions (Local)

2019: Nel gallery, Cape Town.
2018: The Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town.
2018: Greatmore Street Gallery, Cape Town.
2018: Africa Nova.
2018: Artvark.
2017: TAG: Celebrating Greatmore and Thupelo.
2016: Cape Town Art Fair.
2016: Bag Factory, Johannesburg.
2016: Turbine art fair, Johannesburg.
2016: The Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town.
2015: Artvark gallery, Cape Town.
2015: An Awareness of trees, Art Sauce, Cape Town.
2015: Thupelo workshop exhibitions.
2014: Casa Labia Gallery, Cape Town.
2013: Imibala Gallery, Somerset West, Western Cape.
2013: Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town.
2013: Johannesburg Art Fair, Seippel Gallery, Johannesburg.
2012: Cape Town, Casa Labia Gallery.
2012: Vulnerable Landscape, Prince Albert Festival, Western Cape.
2012: Johannesburg Art Fair, Seippel Gallery.
2011: Johannesburg Art Fair, Seippel Gallery.
2010: Divisions: Aspects of South African Art 1948 – 2010, SMAC, Stellenbosch.
2010: Waters/Vasia, Cape Town; Durban Art space Gallery; Bag Factory.
2010: End Conscription Campaign, Stellenbosch, Spier Gallery.
2010: These four walls, Cape Town.
2010: Greatmore Street Gallery, Cape Town.
2008: Abstract South African Art from the Isolation Years: Part 3, SMAC, Stellenbosch.
2008: Seippel Gallery, Johannesburg.
2007: Thupelo workshop exhibitions.
2005: Thupelo workshop exhibitions.
2004: Strangers,Cape Town.
2004: Time, Memory, Desire, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg.
2002: The Mythic Image, ART B, Cape Town.
2001: Brain storm, The Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town.
2001: 3/3, The Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town.
2001: Spirit of the place, The Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town.
1996: Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town.
1991: Newtown Gallery, Johannesburg.
1990: Thupelo workshop exhibitions.
1988: FUBA Gallery, Newtown, Johannesburg.

Group Exhibitions (International)

2015: Salem, New York.
2011: Waters/Vasia, Finland.
2009: Lessedra Contemporary Art Projects, Bulgaria.
2009: 7th British International Mini Print exhibition, England.
2008: Lessedra Contemporary Art Projects, Bulgaria.
2008: Busan Biennale, Korea.
2007: Lessedra Contemporary Art Projects, Bulgaria.
2004: Strangers, New Zealand.
2004: Strangers, Canada.
2002: Spirit of the place, Wales.
1999: Workshop exhibition, Kampala.
1998: Munich Book Fair, Munich.

Teaching and Lecturing

2015: Summer School, University of Cape Town, Cape Town.
2009: ArtSauce Studios.
2014: Summer School, University of Cape Town, Cape Town.
2013: Part-time lecturer Michaelis Art School, University of Cape Town, Cape Town.
2012: Summer School, University of Cape Town, Cape Town.
2011: Philani employment project.
2010: Drawing project, Ruth Prowse School of Art, Cape Town.
2010: Summer School, University of Cape Town, Cape Town.
2009: Summer School, University of Cape Town, Cape Town.
2008: Orange street open studios, Cape Town.
2006: Occupational Therapy Department, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town.
2003: Orange street open studios, Cape Town.
2005: Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
2000 to 2004: Summer School, University of Cape Town, Cape Town.
2000: Zurich Workshop for Peace movement, Zurich.
2000: Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
1998: Tatham Gallery Workshop for local artists, Pietermaritzburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal.
1981 to 1984: Private studio and Community Art Project, Cape Town.
1977-1976: The Federated Union for Black artists.
1977-1976: Johannesburg Art Foundation, Johannesburg.
1977-1976: Johannesburg School for Autism, Johannesburg.
1977- 1976: Johannesburg, Newtown Indian primary school.


2015: Thupelo Visual Art Workshop Exhibition Auction, Cape Town.
2015: An Awareness of Trees, Art Sauce, Cape Town.
2014-2015: Thupelo Art Projects, Cape Town.
2010-2012: Group Exhibition, the Spanish Ambassadors’ Residence, Cape Town.
2007: Triangle Africa Arts Trust conference, Cape Town.
1998: Trans figurative, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town.
1995: Launch, Greatmore street Studios project, Cape Town.
1986: Thupelo International Art Workshop Project, Cape Town.
1980: Co-founder, Thupelo Cape Town workshops, Cape Town.


2015-2016: The Assembly, a Thupelo initiative for the Triangle network in Cape Town.
2014-2015: Re looking, Echo shelter project, Cape Town.
2010: Philani employment project, Cape Town.
2009-2010: Echo shelter project. Cape Town.
2009: Coral, crocheting project.
2009: Real stories gallery website; HIV in the SADAC region.
1997: Switzerland for Pro Helvetia; studio exchange programs.
1991: Cape Town Exhibition coordinator, Valkenburg hospital at UCT.


2007: Appointed to attend a donors meeting in Amsterdam, Arts Collaboratory.
2007: Research and interviews for book about Bill Ainslie.
2006: Documentary video on GMS and Thupelo.
2005: Research and interviews for book about Bill Ainslie.

Studio Employment

2008: Philani nutrition clinic, Greatmore Street Studios, Cape Town.
1998: Philani nutrition clinic, Greatmore Street Studios, Cape Town.
1996: Facilitator, De Lorentz Clinic, Cape Town.
1995: Facilitator, De Lorentz Clinic, Cape Town.
1995: Established art studios at Valkenburg hospital, Cape Town.
1987: Printmaking Employment project, Crossroads, Cape Town.
1981: Hannes Hares, Weaving Studio, Cape Town.
1981: Philani Nutrition Clinic, Crossroads and Khayelitsha, Cape Town.
1980: Established the Intle weaving co-operative, Crossroads, Cape Town.
1980: Facilitator, The Care Village, London.
1976: Professional weaver for Peter Solaris and Helen de Lieu.
1975: Professional weaver for Peter Solaris and Helen de Lieu.
1978: Occupational Therapy, Baragwanath hospital, Soweto.
1977: Occupational Therapy, Baragwanath hospital, Soweto.
1976: Occupational Therapy, Baragwanath hospital, Soweto..


2007-2014: Board member, Bag Factory Studios, Johannesburg.
2009: Chair, Africa region Commonwealth Foundation awards.
2007: Selection panel, Commonwealth foundation awards.
2002: Board Member, the National Arts Council.
1996-2009: Trustee and founder member, Greatmore Street Studios, Cape Town.
1996- 2007: Association for Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town.
1988-on going: Coordinator, the Thupelo workshops, Cape Town.


South African National Gallery (SANG)
University of Cape Town
Spier Foundation
Creative blocks


2014: Polly Savage, Robert Loder, John Picton and Anthony Caro (eds.), Making art in Africa 1960–2010, Lund Humphries, London.


Ann Gollifer

Ann Gollifer

b. 1960, Guyana, Lives in Gaborone, Botswana. 

Ann Gollifer is a contemporary artist from Botswana, a painter, printmaker, photographer and writer.  Gollifer draws on her South American, British and Botswana heritage, and their shared histories of conquest and colonialism. The complex entanglements of history, place, identity and belonging are are central to Gollifer’s practice.


1983: Master of Art, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh.

Exhibitions (solo)

2015: OMANG? – Who are you?, Sophie Lalonde Art, Gaborone.
2012: Branded, The Frame Gallery, Gaborone.
2011: Living on an Horizon: A tribute to Bessie Head, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg.
2010: What am I doing here? Ke Dirang Ha?, Bicha Gallery, London.
2009: Goddesses and Super Heroes, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg.
2006: Linhas De Sangue, Territories of the Heart, Museu Nacional de Arte, Maputo.

Exhibitions (group)

2020: Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Guns & Rain, Cape Town. 
2020: Difficult Women, Gaborone Museum, Gaborone. 
2019: Love Is …, The BKhz Gallery, Johannesburg.
2018: Also Known As Africa (AKAA), Guns & Rain, Paris.
2018: Cape Town Art Fair, Guns & Rain, Cape Town.
2017: All Your Secrets, Guns & Rain, Johannesburg.
2017: Omang, AVA Gallery, Cape Town.
2017: Art Africa Fair, Cape Town.
2016: Turbine Art Fair, LL Editions and Guns & Rain, Johannesburg.
2015: Under an African Sun, with Leo Hassaris, London.
2015: Turbine Art Fair, LL Editions and Guns & Rain, Johannesburg.
2015: Turbine Art Fair, LL Editions and Guns & Rain, Johannesburg.
2008: Word, The Monument, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.
2008: Dumbo,Open Studio, Triangle Workshop, New York.
2005: Bienal 05 TDM, Museu Nacional de Arte, Maputo.
2003: Abale, Lusaka, Zambia.
2003: Womanifesto, Procreation-Postcreation, Bangkok, Thailand.
2003: 9th Le Donne Ridono, Biennale a cura del Centro Docementazione Donna di Ferrara, Italy.
2002: Monomotapa, The Bag Factory Artist Studios , Johannesburg.
2001-2002: Hoche Koche (multimedia event, coproduced with Steve Dyer), HIFA, Harare; The Dance Festival, Avignon, France; The Grahamstown festival; and Dance Umbrella, Wits Theatre, Johannesburg.
2001: Thapong International Artists Workshop exhibition, Gaborone, Botswana.
2001: Thupelo International Artists' Workshop exhibition, Cape Town, South Africa.
2000: Three Women Perspectives, Alliance Francaise, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Windhoek and Gaborone.
1997: Botswana Live, The Commonwealth Institute, London; and Stockholm.
1995: Botswana Live, The Commonwealth Institute, London; Chicago; and Washington.
1995: The Mbile International Artists Workshop exhibition, Lusaka, Zambia.
1993: 5th Le Donne Ridono, Biennale a cura del Centro Docementazione Donna di Ferrara, Italy.
1993: Thapong International Artists Workshop exhibitions, Gaborone, Botswana.
1993: Botswana Live, The Commonwealth Institute, London.
1991: 4th Le Donne Ridono, Biennale a cura del Centro Docementazione Donna di Ferrara, Italy.
1991: Thapong International Artists Workshop exhibition, Gaborone, Botswana.

Residencies & Workshops

2018: IASPIS Residency, Stockholm.
2008: Triangle, New York.
2002: The Bag Factory Artists Studios, Johannesburg.
2001: Thapong, Botswana
2000: Thupelo, South Africa.
1998: MBILE, Zambia
1993: Thapong, Botswana
1991: Thapong, Botswana

Public collections

The Sainsbury Africa Galleries, The British Museum, London.
The Triangle International Art Workshops, New York.
The Alliance Francaise, Johannesburg.
The National Museum, Gaborone.
The Thapong International Art Workshop, Gaborone.
The Mbile Art Collection, Lusaka.
Botswana Life Insurance Limited.
Penrich Insurance Brokers, Gaborone.
The Bank of Botswana Fine Art Collection, Gaborone.
The Michaelis Art Library, Johannesburg.

Publications by Ann Gollifer

2012: Gollifer, Ann (ed.), Concept: A forum for creativity.

2011: Gollifer, Ann adn Egner, Jenny (ed.), I don't know why I was created. DADA, Coex'Ae Qgam, Eggson Books, Gaborone, 2011. 

2009: Gollifer, Ann (ed.), Urban Camouflage, Street safaris, Africa e Mediterraneo, Vol. 3-4. Numner 09.

2005:  Gollifer, Ann (ed.), Transitions catalogue for the exhibition presented by The Africa Centre from the collection of Robert Loder of the Triangle Arts Trust

2004:  Gollifer, Ann (ed.), The Nata Baobab, Botsalano Press, Gaborone. 

Publications on Ann Gollifer

2014: Polly Savage (ed) Making Art in Africa


Khumo Sebambo, Ann Gollifer: Seeking pathways to home, (ASAI, 2020). 



b. 1979, Cape Town. Lives in Los Angeles, USA. Faith XLVII (previously Faith47) is a street and studio-based artist who works with a wide range of media.  Her approach is explorative and substrate appropriate – from found and rescued objects, to time-layered and history-textured city walls and their accretions, to studio prepared canvas and wood. Her murals can be found in many cities in Europe, the USA, Africa and Asia.

Solo Exhibitions

2018: Elixir, Fabien Castanier Gallery, Miami.
2015: AQUA REGALIA, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York. 
2014: Aqua Regalia, London, UK
2013: Fragments of a burnt history, David Krut Gallery, Johannesburg.
2009: Epitaph, Mrego, Brussels. 
2008: The Restless Debt Of Third World Beauty, Atm Gallery, Berlin.
2008: The Restless Debt Of Third World Beauty, The Woom Gallery, Birmingham, UK

Group Exhibitions - International

2020: One World, Fabien Castanier Gallery, Miami. 
2020: Unprecedented Times, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Vienna.
2019: 20 Year Anniversary Exhibition, Cory Helford Gallery, Los Angeles.
2019: Together, KP Projects Gallery, Los Angeles.
2019: Conquête Urbaine, Calais Museum of Fine Art, Paris. 
2019: Veni, Vidi, Vinci, Fluctuart, Paris.
2019: Tàpia, B-Murals, Barcelona. 
2019: Capture the Street, River Tales, Germany.
2019: We Rise, Los Angeles, USA.
2019: Beyond the Streets, New York City.
2019: Women in Street Art, Bernard Magrez Foundation, France.
2019: Art Miami, Miami.
2019: Art Basel, Miami. 
2018: One Way Through, Heron Gallery, San Francisco. 
2018: Women in Street Art, The Bernard Magrez Foundation, Paris. 
2018: True Will, Chins Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand.
2018: Moniker Art Fair, New York and London.
2018: Art Miami, Fabien Casteneir Gallery, Miami.
2018: Art Basel Miami, Miami.
2017: Urban Currents, Gallerie Kirk, Denmark.
2017: Magic Cities, Munich, Germany.
2017: the UrbanArt Biennale® , UNESCO Voelklinger Huette World heritage site,  Germany.
2017: Homeless, Void Projects, Miami.
2016: XX: A moment in time, Saatchi Gallery, London.
2016: Freedom as Form, Wunderkameren Gallery, Milan. 
2016: PM10, Urban Nation Museum, Berlin. 
2016: Agitprop, Brooklyn Museum, New York. 
2014: Artscape , Malmoe, Sweden.
2014: Forest for the trees mural festival, Portland.
2014: Rencontres Australes d’Imaitsoanala, Antananaraivo, Madagascar.
2014: A study of Hair, Backwoods Galley, Melbourne.
2014: Redux , Inoperable Gallery, Vienna.
2014: Outdoor Urban art festival, Rome, Italy.
2014: Wywood walls, Art Basel, Miami.
2013: Anniversary Group Show ,White Walls Gallery, San Fransisco.
2013: Memorie Urbane Contemporary Festival, Gaeta, Italy.
2013: Escape the Golden Cage , Vienna, Austria.
2013: XII. Into the Dark, Unit44, The Victoria Tunnel, Newcastle.
2013: Scupltura Viva International Symposium, San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy.
2013: DOS, Toronto.
2013: Women on the walls, Jeffrey Deitch and Wynwood Walls, Miami. 
2013: Beyond Eden, Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles.
2013: Wall Therapy, New York. 
2013: Wooster Collective 10 Year Anniversary Show, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York. 
2013: Nuart Festival, Stavanger, Norway.
2013: Avant-Garde Urbano Festival, Tudela de Navarra, Spain.
2013: Los Muros Hablan, San Juan, Puerto Rico. 
2012: Antenna Garden, Rtist Gallery, Melbourne.
2012: Carbon Event, Melbourne.
2012: Warrington Museum, London.
2012: Herzensbrecher, Strychnin Gallery, Berlin.
2012: Kulturhuset , Stockholm.
2012: Wynood Walls, Miami.
2011: Urban Painting, Milan.
2011: MSA Gallery, Paris.
2011: Urban Mural Project, Greece. 
2011: Gossip Well Told, Second Edition, Warrington Museum, London.
2011: City Leaks Festival, Cologne.
2011: Inner Walls, Milan.
2011: Les murs litinerrance, Paris.
2011: Gossip Well Told, Blackall Studio, London.
2011: Visual Intervention, Rochester.
2011: Archetypes, View Art Gallery, England.
2011: Artmosh, Munich.
2011: Wuppertal Museum, Germany. 
2010: Moniker Art Fair, London.
2010: Stroke03 Art Fair, Berlin.
2010: Escape 2010, Veinna.
2010: Biennial, Sao Paulo.
2010: Urbanus International Mural Project, China.
2010: Focus10, Switzerland.
2010: Le Salon Du Cercle De La Culture A Berlin, Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin.
2010: Design For Humanity, Thinkspace, Los Angeles.
2010: or Those Who Live In It…, Mu Gallery, Eindhoven.
2010: Muao Project, A Coruna, Spain. 
2010: Paint Your Faith, Aayden Gallery, Vancouver.
2010: A Cry For Help, Thinkspace, Los Angeles. 
2009: The Generations, The Showroom Gallery, New York.
2009: Artmosh, Paris.
2009: Artotale International Mural Project, Lueneberg, Germany.
2009: No New Enemies , Mr Ego, Brussels. 
2009: Four, 34 Long Fine Art Gallery , Cape Town.
2008: 1st Internationale Graffiti Bienale, belo Horizonte, Brazil. 
2008: Anything Could Happen, Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles. 
2008: Fatally Yours, Crewest Gallery, Los Angeles.
2007: Crossover, Showroom Gallery, New York.
2007: Be Girl Be, Jntermedia Arts, Minneapolis.
2007: Pick Of The Harvest: Batch Four, Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles.
2005: Subglob, Orebro, Sweden
2005: Go Gallery, Amsterdam

Group Exhibitions - South Africa

2020: Staring Straight to the Future, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town.
2020: PINK, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg. 
2020: Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town. 
2019: On Main Road, Constitution Hill Women’s Jail, Johannesburg, South Africa 
2019: FNB Art Joburg, Johannesburg.
2018: Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town. 
2017: Dislocation, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town.
2017: Invisible Exhibition, The Centre for the Less Good Idea, Johannesburg.
2017: Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town.
2011: Outside, 34 Long Gallery, Cape Town.
2010: Cool Stuff, 34 Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town. 
2010: Nothing Is Everything, Word Of Art Gallery, Cape Town.
2009: Group Soup, Word Of Art Gallery, Cape Town.
2007: The Art Of The Living Dead, Baseline Studios, Johannesburg. 
2006: New Suburbia, Pretoria.
2006: Lines Of Attitude, South Africa and Kenya. 

Murals - International

2020: Y/our Vote, USA. 
2019: Universal Studios Indoor Artwork Commission, Los Angeles. 
2019: Dictator Art Installation, Columbia.
2019: United Labor Organization 100 Year Mural, New York City.
2019: Maya Angelou School Mural Upliftment Project, Los Angeles. 
2019: Mural Arts Large Mural Production, Philadelphia.
2019: Projection Mapping Mural, BLINK, Cincinnati. 
2019: RED, Mural Project for HIV Awareness, Lyon.
2018: Summit LA18, Los Angeles. 
2017: Artscape Festival, Sweden.
2017: Art Republic Mural Project, Jacksonville. 
2017: Art Council Public art intervention, New Orleans.
2017: Art Miami, Juxtapoz Clubhouse installation, Miami. 
2016: Cities of Hope Mural Project, Manchester. 
2016: Inter|urban Mural Project, Cleaveland. 
2016: Wynwood Walls, Art Basel, Miami.
2015: The Psychic Power of Animals Street Intervention, New York. 
2015: Dragon Tiger Mountain Mural Project, Nanachang, China.
2015: Pow Wow Taiwan, Taipei. 
2015: Ono’u Mural Project, Tahiti.
2015: Festival Mural, Montreal, Canada.
2015: Murals for Oceans Expedition Mural Project, Cozumel, Mexico.
2014: 5 Sector Mural Project, Glasgow.
2014: Berlin Wall 25th Anniversary Group Show, Paris.
2014: Djerbahood, Djerba, Tunisia.
2013: Pow Wow Mural Project, Hawaii.
2013: Upfest Mural Project, Bristol.
2013: MAUS Mural Project, Malaga, Spain.
2012: Mural Project, Tel Aviv.
2012: Aarhus International Mural Project, Aarhus, Denmark.
2012: Mural Project, Sion, Switzerland.
2012: Mural Project, Melun, France.
2012: Paris Free Walls, Paris.
2012: Wall Therapy, Mural Project, New York.
2012: World Open Walls, Miami.

Murals - South Africa

2017: Johannesburg Mural, Sandton. 
2016: 1200 - 900 BC, Cape Town, South Africa. 
2016: Unearth, Napier, South Africa. 
2015: Landfill Meditation Street Intervention, Johannesburg.
2015: Feet Don't Fail Me Now, Johannesburg. 
2014: A Study of Warwick Triangle at Rush Hour, Durban.
2015: Una Salus Victus Nullam Sperare Salutem, Johannesburg, 2015.
2014: Harvest, Cape Town. 
2012: The Long Wait, Johannesburg.

Selected Publications & Links

Dave Mann, "CHANT: Faith XLVII’s public practice", Daily Maverick, April 22, 2020.

Ilana Herzig, "The Renegades Making Feminist Art In the Streets", Hyperallergic, October 31, 2019.

Petra Mason, "15 Young local artists that have wowed the world in 2019/", Times Lives, December 15, 2019.

Charu Suri, "Five Women Reinventing the Face of Street Art", Muse, August 8, 2018.

Liz Ohanesian, "This South African Street Artist Moved to L.A. to Explore the Politics of Being Human", LA Mag, April 17, 2018.

Brent Lindeque, "South African graffiti piece tops the worlds best list!', Good Things Guy, January 11, 2018.

Petra Mason, "Re-Mixing History: African Women Artists at Art Basel Miami Beach 2017", Whitehot Magazine, December 2017.

Elizabeth Mccray, “Faith47”, Bliss magazine, April 2014

Ashraf Jamal, “Graffiti art: Faith 47,” Financial mail, April 23, 2014.

Brendon Bell-Roberts; Ashraf Jamal, “100 Good Ideas,” March, 2014.

Lisa van Wyk, “Faith47: Street Artist,” Mail & Guardian. 

Daisy Wyatt, “In search of a female Banksy: Aiko and Faith47 take on a male-dominated street art world,” The Independent, October 15, 2013.

Charlie Finch, “The Savage Street,” Artnet. 

Bsrat Mezghebe, “Faith47, Street Art and South Africa’s Contradictions,” CIMAMAG, October, 2013.

Dal + Faith,” Very Nearly Almost Magazine, March, 2013.

Foadmin, “Faith47: Sea to Sea,” Fair Observer, December 26, 2012.

Andy Davis, “We Close Our Eyes to Stay Blind,” November 21, 2012.

“Interview with Faith47,” Dumbwall.

Matthew Krouse, “Streets ahead in the realm of public art,” Mail & Guardian, October 26, 2012.

“Faith47 (ZA),” Art Bastard.

“Walls & Frames: Fine Art from the Streets,” September, 2011.

Nicholas Ganz, “Graffiti World," 2009.

Kiriakos Iosifidis, “Mural Art,” November, 2008.

Nicholas Ganz, “Graffiti Woman,” 2006.


Jarrett Erasmus

b. 1984, Cape Town. Lives in Johannesburg.

Erasmus works in various media, focusing on current collaboration while thinking about post apartheid realities and its affects on the social dynamics between communities in South Africa as well as the diaspora.


2017  Masters in Fine Art, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
2016  ZHdk Summer School programme, Zurich, Switzerland
2007 - 2010  Bachelor of Fine Arts, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
2005 - 2006  Design and Visual art Certificate, Arts and Media Access Centre (AMAC), Cape Town, South Africa
2003 – 2005  Cape Peninsula University of Technology Graphic Design

Projects and Exhibitions

2019  The Main Complaint, group exhibition, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa
2018  Curatorial Care, Humanising Practices conference, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South
2018  Museum Dialogues conference, Goethe Institut, Windhoek, Namibia
2018  Kewpie, The Daughter of District Six, public art event in collaboration with Gay And Lesbian Memory in Action and District Six Museum, Cape Town, South Africa
2017  Panelist, Any Given Sunday presentation, African Art in Venice Forum, Italy
2016  Re(as)sisting Narratives, group exhibition, District Six Museum, Cape Town, South Africa (Burning Museum)
2016  Foundations and Futures, group exhibition, Bag Factory Arts studios, Johannesburg, South Africa
2016  Festival D’Art Urbain, Antanarivo, Madagascar
2016  Straatpraatjies, Burning Museum performance, Cape Town, South Africa
2016  Poetry Circle Nowhere workshop, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2015  Empty Ghosts, Public Art project, Johannesburg, South Africa
2015  Artificial Facts: Boundary Objects, group exhibition, Kunsthaus Dresden, Germany (Burning Museum)
2015  Objetos Frontera, CA2M, Madrid, Spain (Burning Museum)
2015  Addressing the Headquarters, presentation, Framer Framed, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Burning Museum)
2015  Cover Version, Gallery MoMo, Cape Town, South Africa (Burning Museum)
2015  Fortunes Remixed, group exhibition. Bag Factory Artist’s Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa
2014  Manufractured, Burning Museum performance, Cape Town, South Africa
2014  Ubuntu Artist Exchange, Studio Museum in Harlem, NY
2014  Plakkers, group exhibition, Brundyn Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (Burning Museum)
2014  Do It, Michaelis Gallery, UCT, Cape Town, South Africa (Burning Museum)
2013  TO LET , Centre For African Studies gallery, UCT, Cape Town, South Africa
2013  Co-Curator, Till it Breaks, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa
2013  Currency and Curiosity, Joule City Incubator & Research Studio, Cape Town, South Africa
2012  Material Things, solo exhibition, Nafasi Art Space, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
2012  S A S, group exhibition, Bag Factory, Johannesburg, South Africa
2011  Mural Painting project at Community House, Salt River
2010  Plures Tectonicus (Many Mansions), Graduate solo exhibition, Albany Natural Sciences Museum Shell Gallery, Grahamstown, South Africa
2006  Mural painting, Artscape Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa

Workshops and Residencies

2018  OpenLab: The Art of Making, artists residency, Richmond, South Africa
2014  Thupelo Artist’s Workshop, Cape Town, South Africa
2014  Arts Aweh Ambassadors programme (facilitator), Cape Town, South Africa
2013  Resident artist, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa
2012 Cyan Development Concepts creative development workshops (teacher), Cape Town, South Africa
2012  Visiting Artist Residency, Through the lens: Drawing workshop, NAFASI Art Space, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
2012  Visiting Artist Residency, Bag Factory Artist’s Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa
2012  Artist's workshop, Thupelo, Cape Town, South Africa
2011  Participant and facilitator, Koekenaap artists workshop, Matzikama District, South Africa


Awards and Academic achievements

2013  Business and Arts administrative certificate
2012  David Koloane Award
2011  Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (Painting), Masters Degree Scholarship


2017 - present  Sessional Lecturer, Visual Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
2014  Infecting the City Festival High Schools programme, South Africa
2013 – 2014  Researcher and Digital archivist, Africa South Art Initiative (ASAI), Cape Town, South Africa
2010 – 2012  Facilitator, Cyan Development Concepts community arts and creative development workshops, Cape Town, South Africa
2009 – 2010 Intern, Artb Gallery, Bellville, South Africa

Assistant (N.R.F. internship), Visual Art undergraduate programme, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
Production Assistant, VOLTA Art Fair, Art Basel, Switzerland
Board member, Thupelo Artists Workshop, Cape Town, South Africa

Nirveda Alleck

b. 1975, Mauritius. Currently lives in Mauritius.

Nirveda Alleck is a multi-disciplinary artist who explores the psychology of human social life in public and personal spaces. In her paintings, she works with a combination of staged and studied portraiture, adding elements of fiction, or removing backdrops from otherwise hyperreal representations. In her three dimensional work, which studies a variety of objects and scenes, the centrality of human presence is always implied as a central point of interest.


2012: Cultural Leadership Training, African Arts Institute, South African Centre for the Netherlands and Flanders, Cape Town.
2001: Master of Fine Art (MFA), Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow.
1997: Bachelor of Art in Fine Arts (Hons.), First Class, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, Cape Town.

Solo Exhibitions (Mauritius)

2018: Divine Weapons, Imaaya Art Gallery, Vacoas-Phoenix.
2013: Select Works, Angsana Balaclava, Balaclava.
2012: Art Party, Henessy Park Hotel, Quatre Bornes.
2007: Présent Immobile, La Citadelle, Port Louis.
1998: Zilch And All, Max Boullé Gallery, Beau Bassin-Rose Hill.
2004: Duad, Max Boullé Gallery, Beau Bassin-Rose Hill.

Solo Exhibitions (International)

2019: Car, vois-tu, tu as droit d’être obscur, Cité internationale des arts Paris, Paris.

Group Exhibitions (Mauritius)

2016: Edge Effects, La Citadelle, Port Louis.
2016: Porlwi by Light, Company Garden, Port Louis.
2013: La Belle Peinture II, Phoenix le Halles, Port Louis.
2012: We Have Lost The Way, Port Louis.
2010: The Landing of the Dodos, public, Quatre Bornes.
2010: 200 Years after the Battle of Grand Port, Commemorative Exhibition, Mauritius.
2009: Indian Diaspora International Exhibition, Mauritius.
2008: INTERLACE - Drawing Connections between SA, Finland and Mauritius, IMAAYA Gallery, Vacoas-Phoenix.
2008: Imaaya Group Exhibition, Imaaya Gallery, Vacoas-Phoenix.
2008: Omada, Live video performance.
2007: Liberté D’expression, Right Now! Exhibition, IBL Gallery, Port Louis.
2007: International Women’s Exhibition, Mahatma Ghandi Institute Gallery, Moka.
2005: 2nd Triennale of Contemporary Art, Mauritius.
2005: Salon de Mai, Mahatma Ghandi Institute Gallery, Moka.

Group Exhibitions (international)

2019: Streams of Consciousness, Rencontres de Bamako -  Biennale Africaine de la photographie, National Museum of Mali, Bamako.
2017: Ethics in a World of Strangers: Nirveda Alleck and Eric van Hove, Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York City.
2017: Tous, des sang-meles, Musée d´art contemporain du Val-de-Marne MAC/Val, Paris.
2016: Dakar-Martigny: Hommage À La Biennale D’art Contemporain, Le Manoir, Matrigny.
2016: We the People, Casablanca Intrenational Biennale, Cassablanca.
2014: Des hommes, des mondes, College des Bernardins, Paris.
2014: Where are we now?, Marrakech Biennale Parallel projects, Marrakech.
2013: Origins of a new world tour, Made in India,  Reunion Island.
2013: Still Fighting Ignorance and Intellectual Perfidy, Ben Uri Gallery, London; Malmö Konsthall, Malmö.
2013: Art Warning the World, Klaus Guingand, online.
2012: One Colour Screening, La Cinematheque Quebequoise, Quebec.
2012: Dak'art African Contemporary Art Biennale, La Gare, Dakar.
2011: One Colour, Pfeister Gallery, Bornholm.
2011: To Africanize is to Civilize, Paris Photo OFF, Paris.
2011: Festival Africain d'Images Virtuelles Artistiques (FAIVA) Residency Exhibition, Center Soleil d'Afrique, Bamako.
2011: Migrant-C, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg.
2011: One Minutes Africa Awards, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo.
2011: FOCUS11: Contemporary Art Africa, Art Basel, Basel.
2011: Open Studio, Omi International Art Centre, New York.
2011: One Minutes Video Africa, Bamako.
2010: African Renaissance, World Festival of Black Arts International, Dakar.
2010: La Foire des Mascareignes, Le Port, Reunion Island.
2010: Dak'art African Contemporary Art Biennale, La Gare, Dakar.
2009: The Réunion Island Biennale of Art, Design, Création, Numérique et Immatérielle, Reunion Island.
2009: Vieme Jeux de la Francophonie, Beirut.
2009: African Renaissance: Africa is Back, Pan-African Art Festival, multiple venues, Algiers.
2008: 10th year Anniversary Raffle, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town.
2008: House Games Triennale, Anna Ruth and Juho Jäppinen's apartment, Jyväskylä.
2008: Tulipamwe International Artists Exhibition, Goethe-Institut Namibia, Windhoek.
2007: International Urban Workshop Exhibition, Thupelo, Cape Town.
2006 - 2007: Femlink International Video Collage, shown at venues worldwide, including Cinematic Lab, Bandung; Foundation of Contemporary Art, Montevideo; Cyber Arts Night Vision Festival, Massachusetts; Espace Dialogos, Cachan; Centre Videofemmes, Quebec and many more.
2006: Resident Artists Exhibition, Bag Factory Artists studios, Johannesburg.
2005: The 2nd East Africa Art Biennale (EASTAB), Dar es Salaam.
2005: International Painters Exhibition, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishek Gallery, Bangalore.
2005: Tomorrow Land, 11th Triennale India, New Delhi.
2003: Pond, Cochrane Street, Glasgow.
2001: Diplomatic Immunity, Times Square Gallery, New York City.
1999: Glasgow Art Fair, St Georges Square, Glasgow.
1999: Interim Show, Glasgow School Of Art, Glasgow.
1998: 6th Seychelles Biennial Of Contemporary Art, National Gallery, Victoria.
1997: Graduate Exhibition, Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town.
1997: Preface, Centre For African Studies Gallery, Cape Town; Association for Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery, Cape Town.

Video Works

2011: They spoke different tongues, 2 channel, 15:00.
2011: L’Offrande, 01:00, (nominated for One Minutes Africa Prize).
2011: one color, 03:00.
2011: The return, 02:00, (commissioned by One Minutes Africa).
2009: Ephemeral, 08:00.
2008: Omada, video performance with music and dance, 08:00.
2007: Tragedy of a swing and a chair, 02:00.
2007: Histories, documentary, (commissioned by Right Now! Association, Mauritius).
2006: Power, 20:00.
2006: Perfect Match, video performance.
2005: Ravinal Man, 17:00.
2004: Counter Currents, synchronised video work.
2001: Gist, video with installation.

Collections and Commissions

Porlwi by Light Festival of Contemporary Culture, Mauritus.
Ministry of Arts and Culture, Mauritius.
Azuri Radisson Blue, Mauritius.
Okombahe Community, Namibia.
Lalit Kala Akademi, India.
Reinsurance Consultants, Mauritius & South Africa.
Holcim Cements, Mauritius.
Shields Mural Project, Peugeot Centre, Scotland.
Church House, Bridgeton, Scotland.
UCATT (Workers Union) March Banner, Scotland.
Isle of Arran Distillers, Scotland.
J.D.Weatherspoons Ltd, Glasgow and Edinburgh Branches, Scotland.
Hannibal (historic documentary), Channel 5, Wark Clements Productions, Scotland.
Citigate, Scotland.
McCabe Contemporary Art (Cecily Getty), South Africa.
Independent Outdoor Media, South Africa.


2012: Dak’Art 2012: 10e`me Biennale de l’art africain contemporain, Secretariat general de la biennale des arts, Dakar.
2011: FNB Joburg Art Fair 2011, Cobi Laubuscagne (ed), ArtLogic: Johannesburg.
2011: Migrant C, Nirveda Alleck (curator), Johannesburg.
2011: Fanzines, Focus Contemporary African Art, Basel.
2010: Dak’art 2010: 9ème Biennale De L'art Africain Contemporain, Secrétariat général de la biennale des arts, Dakar.
2009: Biennale Arts Actuels, Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts: Reunion Island.
2009: 2009 Francophonie Games, Beirut.
2009: African Renaissance: Africa is Back, 2nd Pan African Festival, Zéhira Yahi (Arts and Culture Department), Algiers.
2009: Indian Diaspora International, Mahatma Ghandi Institut, University of Mauritus, Moka.
2007: International Urban Workshop Exhibition, Thupelo, Cape Town.
2007: Présent Immobile, La Citadelle, Port Louis.
2007: Art in Mauritius, Hans Ramduth (author), MGI Publication, Moka.
2007: 1st Salon d’Ete, National Art Gallery, Port Louis.
2006: Bag Factory Residents Exhibition, Bag Factory Artist Studios, Johannesburg.
2005: Tomorrow Land, 11th Triennale India, New Delhi.
2005: The 2nd East Africa Art Biennale (EASTAB), Yves Goscinny (author), La Petite Gallerie, Dar es Salaam.
2001: Diplomatic Immunity, UKwithNY Festival, New York City.
1998: 24 Artworks by selected South African Artists, McCabe Gallery Publication, Cape Town.

Awards and Prizes

2012: Emma Award for Arts and Culture, Bank One, Mauritius.
2011: FNB Art Prize Finalist, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg.
2011: 'One Minutes Africa' Nominee, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo.
2011: Francis J Greenburger Fellowship, Omi International Arts Centre, Ghent.
2011: Recipient, International Artist Scheme Grant, Ministry of Arts and Culture, Mauritius.
2010: Soleil d’Afrique Prize, Dak'art African Contemporary Art Biennale, Dakar.
2008: HIVOS Sponsorship, Tulipamwe International Artists Workshop and Exhibition, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek.
2004: Selected for ‘1er Fond D’Aide au Développement du Film’, Mauritius Film Development Corporation, Mauritius. 
1999: Postgraduate Scholarship, Glasgow School of Fine Art, Glasgow.
1998: Most Promising Young Artist Award, 6th Seychelles Biennial of Contemporary Art, National Gallery, Victoria.
1997: Dean’s Merit List, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, Cape Town.
1994: Edward Louis Ladan Bursary used for undergraduate studies in fine art, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, Cape Town.

Residencies and Workshops

2011: Soleil d’Afrique Residency, Centre Soleil d'Afrique, Bamako.
2011: Omi International Artists Residency, Art Omi, Ghent.
2011: One Minutes Africa workshop, Centre Soleil d'Afrique, Bamako.
2009: Biennale Arts Actuels Residency, Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Reunion Island.
2009: Vieme Francophonie Games Painting Workshop, Beirut.
2009: Indian Diaspora International Workshop, Mahatma Ghandi Institut, Moka.
2008: Tulipamwe International Artists Workshop, Goethe Institut Namibia,Windhoek.
2007: Artist in Residence, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town.
2007: Thupelo International Workshop, Ruth Prowse School of Art, Cape Town.
2006: Artist in Residence, Bag Factor Artist Studios, Johannesburg.
2005: International Painters Camp, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishek, Bangalore.
2004: Scriptwriting workshop with Mama Keita, Mauritus Film Development Corporation, Vacoas-Phoenix.
2001 - 2002: Artist in Residence, St Patrick’s Primary School, Glasgow.

Other Projects

Chair, Arterial Network, Mauritius Chapter, Port Louis.
Co-ordinator, The Landing of The Dodos public art project, Quatre Bornes.
Project Leader, Migrant-C: Mauritius Indian Ocean Artists Collective, Mauritus.

Professional Experience

2013: Visiting Lecturer, Experimental Video, Visual Art and Digital Arts, University of Mauritius, Moka.
2012: One Day Create, Outdoor Creative Art Classes, Casela Nature Parks, Black River.
2012: Visiting Lecturer, Critical Issues on Contemporary Art, Mahatma Gandhi Institute, University of Mauritius, Moka.
2011: Arts Consultant, Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site, Port Louis District.
2008 - 2009: Lecturer, Mauritius Institute of Education, Moka.
2006: Visiting Lecturer, Painitng, Mahatma Gandhi Institute, University of Mauritius, Moka.
2004 - 2008: Education Officer, Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Vacoas-Phoenix.
1998-1999: Community Arts Teacher, Coatbrigde Community Centre, Glasgow.

Mzuzile Mduduzi Xakaza

b. 1965, Maphumulo, KwaZulu-Natal; lives in Durban.
Mzuzile Mduduzi Xakaza’s landscapes draw on personal and collective histories of KwaZulu-Natal. The images respond critically to a tradition of colonial landscape painting that is underwritten by connotations of settler ownership and white authority, and thus Black dispossession. Rather than acting as a detached observer of the land, Xakaza portrays it from a position of belonging.



2015: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), History, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town.
2004: Post-Graduate Diploma, Museum and Heritage Studies, Universities of Cape Town, University of the Western Cape and Robben Island Museum, Cape Town.
2002: M.A. Fine Art, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg.
1996: B.A. (Hons) History of Art, University of South Africa, Pretoria.
1992: B.A. Fine Art, University of Fort Hare, Alice.
1992: Higher Diploma in Education, University of Fort Hare, Alice.

Solo Exhibitions (South Africa)

2010: New Landscape paintings and drawings, African Art Centre, Durban.
2007: New Landscape paintings, African Art Centre, Durban.
2005: New Landscape paintings, The NSA Gallery, Durban.
2003: Landscape paintings, African Art Centre, Durban.
2001: Landscape paintings, drawings and graphic prints (MAFA portfolio), Tatham Art Gallery,

Group Exhibitions (South Africa)

2012: View, KwaZulu-Natal Society of Artists (KZNSA) Gallery, Durban.
2012: Barbara Lindop at Home, Barbara Lindop's residence, Johannesburg.
2011: Barbara Lindop at Home, Barbara Lindop's residence, Johannesburg.
2011: Three Parts/ More Harmony, Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
2011: Who Am I….Ngingubani?, Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
2010: What We See: Reconsidering an Anthropometrical Collection from Southern Africa, Iziko Slave Lodge, Cape Town.
2010: The Lie of the Land, Old Town House, Cape Town.
2010: People, Prints and Process: 25 Years at Caversham, Standard Bank Gallery,Johannesburg.
2009: A group exhibition, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg.
2008: 10th Anniversary Celebrations Exhibition, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town.
2007: Intel Promotional Exhibition, Sandton Square, Johannesburg.
2006: Renault Artists, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg.
2005: RENAULT ART & CULTURE, Vehicle Showroom @ Gateway, Umhlanga.
2005: Art @ Home, Residence of Angie Bishop and Sandy Batchelor, Kloof.
2004: Summer, African Art Centre, Durban.
2004: Midlands Biennale, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.
2002-3: Untold Tales of Magic: Abelumbi, Durban Art Gallery, Durban; Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg; Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg; Carnegie Art Gallery, Newcastle; Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein; TEACH Museum, Empangeni; Pretoria Art
Museum,Pretoria; William Humphrey Art Gallery, Kimberley; Margate Art Gallery, Port Shepstone.
2002: KZN Art teachers’ exhibition, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.
2001: Gordon Verhoef & Krause Art in the Park, Alexandra Park, Pietermaritzburg.
2001: Save the Ruth Prowse, Ruth Prowse School of Art, Cape Town.
2001: The Land exhibition, University of South Africa, Pretoria.
2001: University of Natal (Centre for Visual Art) Staff and Post-graduate students' exhibition, Johannes Stegmann Gallery, Bloemfontein.
2000-3: Break the Silence! HIV/AIDS Print Portfolio, Durban Art Gallery, Durban; BAT Centre, Durban; KwaMuhle Museum, Durban; Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg; Iziko South African National Art Gallery, Cape Town; GUS Gallery, Stellenbosch; Gateway Cinema Nouveau Gallery, Durban; MTN, Civic Gallery, Johannesburg.
2000: Natal Arts Trust Biennale 2000, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.
2000: Yivume Wethu: A Visual Celebration of the national heritage, NSA Gallery, Durban.
2000: University of Natal (Centre for Visual Art) Staff and Post-graduate students exhibition, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town.
2000: Break the Silence! HIV/AIDS Billboards around the Durban Metro, Technikon Natal, Durban.
2000-3: Jabulisa 2000: The Art of KwaZulu-Natal, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.
1999: Aspirations: Post-graduate students’ exhibition: Centre for Visual Art, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg.
1999: The Right to Celebrate, Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
1999: Izikhwepha Zethu: Our Strength, Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
1999: Ezamandulo: a Heritage Day exhibition, Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
1999: Izwe Lethu: Our Land, African Art Centre, Durban.
1999: Our Heritage, Our Image, The BAT Centre, Durban.
1999: University of Natal Staff and post-graduate students art exhibition, Karen McKerron Gallery, Johannesburg.
1999: Ngezandla Zethu Art and Crafts Bazaar, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.
1999-2000: Golden Scenario 2000!!! An annual exhibition organised by Golden Scenario Art Projects, The BAT Centre, Durban.
1998: Inhlabamkhosi/ The Clarion Call, The Empangeni Art and Cultural History (TEACH) Museum, Empangeni.
1998: The 1st Annual MACS (Midlands Art and Crafts Society) Art Auction and Exhibition, Midlands.
1998: Young Artists’ exhibition, Harris Fine Art, Cape Town.
1997: Metropolitan Life Art exhibition, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.
1996: Natal Arts Trust 6th Biennale exhibition, Carnegie Art Gallery, Newcastle.
1996: Jabulisa: The Art of KwaZulu-Natal, Standard Bank Annual Arts Festival, Grahamstown.
1994: Northern Natal Artists Exhibition, Carnegie Art Gallery, Newcastle.
1994: A group exhibition, NSA Gallery, Durban.
1994-5: Artists Invite Artists, Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
1993: Zululand Society of Arts: Members’ Exhibition, Eshowe.

Group Exhibitions (international)

2010: What We See: Reconsidering an Anthropometrical Collection from Southern Africa, Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC), Windhoek; Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Basel.
2001-3: Break the Silence! HIV/AIDS Print Portfolio, National Gallery of Botswana, Gaborone; National Art Gallery, Windhoek; UCLA Fowler Museum, Los Angeles; Palais des Nation, Geneva; Lamb Gallery, Dundee; Gracefield Art Centre, Dumfries; Barcelona AIDS 2002 Conference, Barcelona. 


2010: Grahaeme Lindop, Johannesburg.
2008: Prof. Extraordinaire, Hans and Babro Engdahl, University of the Western Cape,
Cape Town.
2008: Anette Hoffmann, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town.
2004: Vittorio Meneghelli, Academy Brushware, Germiston.
2002-3: Illustration of annual reports, Lima Rural Development Foundation, Pietermaritzburg.
2001: A barometer for measuring the levels of financial donations to the chest, Community Chest, Pietermaritzburg.
2000: A portrait of King Dingane kaSenzangakhona kaJama, Ncome Museum and Monuments Complex, Dundee.
2000: A mural project in a children’s waiting room, Pietermaritzburg High Court, Pietermaritzburg.
1999: Umgeni Water-Amanzi, Pietermaritzburg.
1999: Sibongile Mkhize, Pietermaritzburg.
1999: A mural depicting Ruben Tholakele Caluza, an African musician & A new supper room project (executed on behalf of Golden Scenario Art Projects), Pietermaritzburg-Msunduzi City Hall, Pietermaritzburg.
1998: Eleanor Isaacs, Pietermaritzburg


University of Fort Hare, Alice.
KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Administration Museum Services, Pietermaritzburg.
Carnegie Art Gallery, Newcastle.
The Empangeni Art and Cultural History (TEACH) Museum, Empangeni.
KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Parliamentary Building, Pietermaritzburg.
The Caversham Centre for Artists and Writers, Balgowan.
Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.
South African Reserve Bank Collection, Pretoria.
Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG), Cape Town.
Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria.
Quarters of the Consulate General of the United States of America, Durban.
National Arts Council of South Africa, Johannesburg.
United Nations Office, Geneva.
Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, Hluhluwe.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City.
UCLA Fowler Museum, Los Angeles.
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Washington D.C.
Durban University of Technology Gallery, Durban.
Youth Strategy executive, Dumfries and Galloway, Southern Uplands.
AMPATH National Laboratory Services, Durban.
National Gallery, Windhoek.
National Cultural History Museum, Pretoria.
Renault South Africa, Johannesburg.
Offices of the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal province, Pietermaritzburg.
MTN Arts Foundation, Johannesburg.
Greatmore Studios, Cape Town.

Private Collections include those of former president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, former government ministers Mangosuthu Buthelezi and Narend Singh, as well as collectors Barbara Lindop, Walter Lindop, Patrick and Sally Enthoven, Prof Extraordinaire, Hans and Babro Engdahl, and Peter Neal.


2009: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Scholarship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
2006-8: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town.

Presented Papers

2013: Natives and ‘other’ Persons may not own so much!: Power and the construction of the South African landscape before and after 1913, 'Land Divided Conference', Robert Leslie Social Science Building, University of Cape Town (in absentia).
2010: Giving Landscape a voice: Photographic dimensions of ‘framing’ power relations in South Africa, 'Bonani Africa Photographic Festival and Conference', South African Museum, Cape Town.
2009: Power Relations in Santu Mofokeng’s Landscape Photography: A Critical Reflection, 'PSHA 4th War and the Everyday Colloquium', Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town.
2009: Reflections on South African Landscape Photography with particular reference to David Goldblatt, 'Brown Bag Seminar', Interdisciplinary Center for the study of Global Change (ICGC), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
2008: Land and Human Values: Landscape photographs by David Goldblatt. 'PSHA Colloquium', Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town.
2008: South African Photography: History and concept of landscape, 'Post-graduate Seminar', Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town.
2007: Critical Analysis of Landscape photographs by David Goldblatt and Santu Mofokeng, 'Symposium', Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town.
2006: Power Relations in Landscape Photographs by David Goldblatt and Santu Mofokeng, research paper, Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town.
2002: Isizathu nokubaluleka komsebenzi wokwenziwa komfanekiso-ngqo weSilo sikaZulu uCetshwayo kaMpande, promotional talk, BAT Centre, Durban.
2002: The relationship between Culture and Welfare: Some traditional aspects of the concept of Ubuntu, 'Launch of the Culture and Counselling Centre', Siyahlomula High School, Pietermaritzburg.
2002: The significance of a prestigious commission for the portrait of King Cetshwayo kaMpande of the Zulu, 'Heritage Symposium on Arts, Crafts and Culture', Centre for Visual Art, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg. 
2001: Historical Background and significance of the French art (Barbizon Group and Impressionism) in the permanent collection of the Tatham Art Gallery, talk on anniversary of the death of Prince Imperial Louis Napoleon in 1879, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.
2001: Witchcraft Images In the Tatham Art Gallery, 'Regional Conference: KwaZulu-Natal Branch of South African Museums Association (SAMA)', Ascot Inn, Pietermaritzburg.
1999: Vuminkosi Zulu: Social and Biblical Themes In His Sculpture and Graphic Work, 'The 15th Annual Conference of the South African Association of Art Historians (SAAAH)', Centre for Visual Art, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg.
1998: Making a Living: An Overview of the Ngezandla Zethu Art and Crafts Project. 'Regional Conference: KwaZulu-Natal Branch of South African Museums Association (SAMA)', KwaMuhle Museum, Durban.
1997: Teaching Art to a Black (African) Child of the post-Apartheid South Africa: A Radical Approach, Women Teachers’ Wing of Natal African Teachers Union (NATU), Impendle Community Hall, Impendle.
1996: Aspects of Landscape Painting in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, 'The 12th Annual Conference of the South African Association of Art Historians (SAAAH)', Department of Fine Arts and History of Art, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg.

Workshop and Lectures

2011: Guest Speaker, Awards Presentation Ceremony, Department of Fine Arts and Jewellery Design, Durban University of Technology, Durban.
2008: Conductor of official launch, Hands On! Masks Off! workshop series, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.
1996 - 2006: Teacher, weekly art workshops, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.
2004: Exhibition opener, This is Where We Live by Siyabonga Sikhosana, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.
2001: Guest lecturer, Stages of Development in Child Art: A lecture offered to local pre-school educators, Keep Pietermaritzburg Clean Association (KPCA), Pietermaritzburg.
2001: Teacher, basic drawing skills workshops, Senzokuhle Women’s Group, Mpophomeni Township, Howick.
2000: Teacher, weekly art workshops for children, Ntuthukoville community, Pietermaritzburg.
1999 - 2000: Teacher, Umthangala art appreciation classes: A series of visual literacy workshops for Pietermaritzburg and greater iNdlovu Region township and rural crafters, iNlovu Region.
1999: Speaker, Indima emelwe ukudlalwa nguthisha ongum-Afrika wangekhulunyaka lamashumi amabili nanye: Ukudlinza okuyinjulabuchopho, A thanks-giving party in respect of the academic achievement of Xolisile Felicitus Buselaphi Makhaye, Orients Heights, Pietermaritzburg.
1999: Teacher, children’s holiday workshop: Paper collage, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.
1999 - 2000: Teacher, bi-weekly art workshops for children, Ntuthukoville community, Pietermaritzburg.
1999: Facilitator, children's mural project for Ntuthukoville Community Hall, Pietermaritzburg.
1997 - 1998: Teacher, children’s holiday workshops, Georgetown Library, Pietermaritzburg.
1997 - 1998: Teacher, weekly art workshops for children, SOS Children’s Village, Pietermaritzburg.
1996 - 1997: Teacher, weekly art workshops for inmates, New Pietermaritzburg Prison, Pietermaritzburg.


2013: Judging Panel Member, ABSA L’Atelier Art Competition, ArtSpace Gallery, Durban.
2011: Board Member, Artists for Humanity (AFH), Fine Arts Department, Durban University of Technology, Durban.
2011: Award Committee Member, eThekwini Living Legends, Durban.
2008: Selection PanelMember, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Award, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth.
2007 - 2010: Chairperson of Visual Art Advisory Panel, National Arts Council of South Africa.
2007 - 2010: Multi-Disciplinary Advisory Panel Member, National Arts Council of South Africa.
2006 - 2010: Board Member of National Arts Council of South Africa.
1999 - 2006: Board of Trustees Member, Vuminkosi Zulu Family Trust, Pietermaritzburg.
1999 - 2006: Exhibitions Committee Member, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.
2005: Judging Panel Member, Getting KwaZulu-Natal Learning Competition, Department of Education, Pietermaritzburg.
2005: Member, Msunduzi Arts and Culture Council Forum, Pietermaritzburg.
2005 - 2006: Shop Steward, Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU), Msunduzi Municipality, Pietermaritzburg.
2002: Selection Panel Member, Gordon Verhoef & Krause Art in the Park, Pietermaritzburg.
2002: Selection Panel Member, Environmental awareness Children’s Art Competition, Golden Horse Casino, Pietermaritzburg.
2002: Judging Panel Member, KwaZulu-Natal Prisons Visual Art Competition, National Institute for Crime Prevention (NICRO), KwaZulu-Natal.
2002: Judge, Sabalala Nolwazi Youth Project Art Comptetion, Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg.
1999 - 2001: Management Board Member, Jambo Arts Centre, Pietermaritzburg.
1999 - 2001: Executive Committee Chairman, Golden Scenario Art Projects, Pietermaritzburg and KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.
1999 - 2000: Secretary, Pietermaritzburg regional committee of the KwaZulu-Natal Art and Crafts Council, Pietermaritzburg.
1999: Judging Panel Member, Mural Paintings Competition, Sobantu Creche and Pre-school, Pietermaritzburg.
1999: Judging Panel Member, The 50th Anniversary Children’s Competition, SOS Children’s Village, Pietermaritzburg.
1999: Judging Panel Member, Children’s Day Art Competition, Keep Pietermaritzburg Clean Association, Pietermaritzburg.
1998: Judging Panel Member, Crafts Council Fair, Durban Exhibition Centre, Durban.
1997 - 1999: Founder, Member, Projects Co-ordinator, Golden Scenario Art Projects, Pietermaritzburg and KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.
1997 - 1999: Selection Committee Member, Gordon Verhoef & Krause Art in the Park, Pietermaritzburg.
1996 - 1998: Chairman, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands sub-committee of the Craft Council of South Africa, Midlands.
1997: Judge, World Environmental Day Children’s Art Competition, Ambleton Community Primary School, Pietermaritzburg.
1996: Selection Panel Member, Jabulisa: The Art of KwaZulu-Natal Exhibition, Grahamstown.
1994 - 1996: Acquisitions Committee Member, Carnegie Art Gallery, Newcastle.
1991: Treasurer, Fine Arts Society (FASOC), Department of Fine Arts, University of Fort Hare, Alice.

Workshops Attended

2010: Induction Workshop for newly appointed Academic Staff, Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbijlpark.
2002: Dead or alive?, Symposium on heritage in Pietermaritzburg, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg.
2001: Changes in emphasis in UK museums from collection based work, to learning, access and combating social exclusion, Seminar paper by Mark Taylor (event organized by the South African Museums Association, SAMA), KwaMuhle Museum, Durban. 
2001: Indigenous Knowledge Workshop, Seminar, Technikon Natal, Durban.
2000: Workshop on outcomes-based education II, Voortrekker, Tatham and Natal museums, Pietermaritzburg.
1999: Printmaking Workshop II: lithography and screen printing, The Caversham Press, Balgowan.
1999: Workshop on outcomes-based education I, KwaMuhle Museum (facilitated by Darryl Houghton, Department of Education, organised by SAMA), Durban. 
1999: Open-air visual art workshop, Tatham Art Gallery (organized by the Golden Scenario Art Projects), Pietermaritzburg.
1998: Potato printing on fabric workshop, Old Presbyterian Church, Pietermaritzburg.
1997: Printmaking Workshop: lithography, screen printing, lino-cutting and etching, The Caversham Press, Balgowan.

Other Contributions

2013: Author, Who occupies the “centre”?: Reflections on power relations in Gerard Sekoto’s landscapes and other approaches to landscape painting, catalogue essay for Gerard Sekoto's posthumous 'Song for Sekoto' exhibition, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg.
2004: Author, Vuminkosi Zulu: A Critical Analysis of Social and Biblical Themes in his Art catalogue essay for 'Veterans of KwaZulu-Natal' group exhibition, Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
2004: Author, Social, political and cultural aspects of the art of Trevor Makhoba in the collection of the Tatham Art Gallery: A critical analysis and assessment, catalogue essay for Trevor Makhoba's yet unrealised posthumous exhibition, Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
2002: Author, Spiritual Connotations of Magic/Witchcraft: A biblical perspective, catalogue essay for 'Untold tales of magic: Abelumbi', Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
2000: Yehoshua comforting an AIDS victim (print), presented to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, by Artists For Human Rights Trust Committee on 11th October, Technikon Natal, Durban.
2000: C0-curator, Organiser, Media Writer, Yivume Wethu: a visual celebration of the national heritage group exhibition, N.S.A. Gallery, Durban.
1999 - 2000: Co-curator, Organiser, Media Writer, Golden Scenario 2000!!! group exhibition, Menzi Mchunu Gallery; Democratic Gallery; BAT Centre Trust; Durban Harbour, Durban.
1999: Logo Designer, Isizinda samaDeke, an inter-provincial organisation aimed at maintaining solidarity among the Makhaye clan, South Africa.
1999: Compiler, April-June Golden Scenario Art Projects newsletter, Pietermaritzburg.
1999: Illustrator, Fidelities V poetry magazine cover, Pietermaritzburg.
1998: Author, catalogue essay for Vuminkosi Zulu's Retrospective Exhibition, Standard Bank National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.
1998: Co-ordinator, Inhlabamkhosi-The Clarion Call group exhibition,Empangeni Art and Cultural History Museum, Empangeni.
1997: Co-ordinator, Catalogue Compiler, Metropolitan Life group exhibition, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.
1997: Designer, Golden Scenario Art Projects logo, Pietermaritzburg.
1996: Co-founder, Golden Scenario Art Projects, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.


Conservation with Mario Pissarra, Making sense of what landscape is about, ASAI, 2021.

Madi Phala

Madi Phala

b. Kwa-Thema, Springs, 1955. d. Langa, Cape Town, 2 March 2007

From his early Black Consciousness oriented drawings to his imaginative mixed media treatment of the herd-boy theme, Madi Phala’s works invariably represent a preoccupation with African culture as dynamic and emancipatory.

Madi Phala, original herd-boy (1955-2007)

© Mario Pissarra, 03 March 2007

Madi Phala, artist, designer, educator and original herd-boy, was robbed and fatally stabbed outside his home in Langa, Cape Town on the evening of Friday 2nd March 2007.

Born in Kwa-Thema, Springs in 1955, Phala was a member of the Bayajula Arts Society from the mid to late 1970s, a community initiative that sought to uplift the position of art and culture in the townships. Phala also worked for the SABC for several years as a sound effects maker, and sporadically ventured into producing textiles and clothes. For the better part of the 90s he taught art to children in his garage, and only began practicing as a full time artist in 1998. Despite making a shift towards his own art practice, Phala never seemed to quite leave his role as an educator behind, evident in his recent appointment (on short term contract) by Iziko Museums’ Education division.A largely self-taught artist, Phala featured in the seminal Tributaries exhibition, curated by Ricky Burnett in 1985, and appeared in various ‘early’ texts on black South African art such as Matsemela Manaka’s Echoes of African Art (1987), Gavin Younge’s Art of the South African Townships (1988) and E de Jager’s Images of Man (1992. Associated with the Thupelo Workshop from its inception in 1985, Phala became resident at Greatmore Studios when he moved to Cape Town in 2004. He exhibited regularly in recent years, with most of these exhibitions being well received by the buying public. This year also marked his debut as an exhibitor at the Design Indaba in Cape Town. Phala was commissioned last year by The Sunday Times to commemorate the tragic sinking of the S.S. Mendi in 1917, when black South African soldiers who served in France went down in the English Channel.Perhaps Phala’s most endearing artistic contribution in recent years was his development and treatment of the theme of ‘herd-boys’. In these works Phala appears to have adapted the notion of herd-boys as traditional guardians of cattle (symbols of wealth, and the ‘African way’). He reinvented herd-boys as muses and playful guides for an ongoing series of reflections on cultural beliefs and traditional practices. Much of this work is extremely rich: it is as dreamlike, evocative, contemplative and spiritual as it is physical, tangible and tactile. His was a poetic and sensory art that explored cultural practices in a very personal way, with humour interceding in gentle ways, adding a warm glow to his creative interrogations of culture and identity.

Madi Phala has gone to join the ancestors. I think he would not have been offended if I were to ask: are they ready for him?


Rest In Peace

Rest In Peace
M Maluka, 04 March 2007

This is very sad news

This is very sad news
KekeTop, 04 March 2007

Madi Phala

I didn’t have the privilege of meeting Mr. Phala or knowing him, I am however saddened by his death. It highlights again the level of needless and senseless violence that accompanies petty crimes in SA. It’s not that there’s not the same level of crime in other countries (in some perhaps more), its just the manner in which human life seems to be so easily expendable. It scares the hell out of me. What has become of our humanity? There is hunger and poverty all over the world but that does not give any human being the excuse to exterminate another human being like a common roach. It really makes me so mad!!

May Madi Phala’s soul rest in perfect peace, and may the Lord grant his family, friends and colleagues the fortitude to bear the loss.
Ijeoma Uche-Okeke, 04 March 2007

M Phala

What an absolute needless tragedy! The best are going – have gone. ENOUGH!
Wilma Cruise, 04 March 2007

To Madi

Dear Madi,

I am deeply saddened at your untimely death. Your spirit was an inspiration to me, your laughter like the reflection of light on water.

May your art continue to speak for you, and so remain within our midst.

All my love,
Sonya Rademeyer, 04 March 2007

Re: Madi

I was so shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Madi. We met during the Sessions Ekapa and kept in touch periodically since then. Tears well up and feelings of anger collide with a sense of shock and sadness. When a society starts gnawing at its imaginary structure we are in deep trouble. Go well, Madi my friend. You will be missed.

Premesh Lalu, 04 March 2007

Madi Phala

Mario, thank you for the posting. News of Madi Phala’s death brings great sorrow here, across the Atlantic as well. To his family, friends and nearby colleagues I send my hearfelt sympathies. His spirit and love of life lives on in those he touched and the works that are his legacy.
J. McGee, 04 March 2007

an infectious laugh

Such an infectious laugh and smile – Madi was a hugely positive guy – especially about his neighbourhood and people around him – all the more cruel then, that this, should happen to him. Best wishes from the UK.
Andy Harper, 04 March 2007


I too met Madi at the sessions Ekapa and came to know and admire him and his work in all the forms it took. This is such a shock and senseless loss. Madi, your creativity, humanity and sensitivity will be deeply missed and the sadness that the news of your passing brings will no doubt hang over Cape Town much like your energy invigorated those of us who came into contact with you in this city.
Noeleen Murray, 04 March 2007


I met Madi during the Thupelo Workshop in Durban. We were planning an exhibition of his work here in Durban in early 2008!! I am shocked and so sad. I was so looking forward to getting to know him better. How many more need to die senselessly before something is done?
Karen Bradtke, 05 March 2007

His soul is in his paintings

Madi was a man of change and full of ideas, I learned a lot from him in a short time.
Sitting with a wise man is worth than reading numbers of books, so he was one of a kind. With his kind and cheerful face. My deepest sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues.I will never forget him.
Teferi Gizachew, 05 March 2007

Madi Phala

I’m thankful I had the privilege of knowing you –
Yvette Dunn
, 05 March 2007

RIP Madi

I met and came to know Madi during a recent residency at Greatmore studios in late 2006. During that time he came to be a friend who “looked out” for me and took me under his wing. I will not forget a character whose warmth of spirit, infectious laugh and positive energy could change the atmosphere of any room he walked into.
His passing is a great loss for South Africa. He will be sorely missed. On that note, I wish to give my deepest condolences and sympathies to the friends, family and all those who knew this unique personality. It is a great tragedy.

Newell Harry, Sydney Australia
Newell Harry, 05 March 2007

Sleeping Herdboy

I intentionally went to Madi Phala’s site on Wednesday the 28th of Feb to check on his new work. I had met him once in CTown at Thupelo workshop in 2005. For some reason I thought of him and wanted to know what he has been up to this year. I am greatly saddened at the loss of such a creative soul. Rest in peace my brother.
Maggie Otieno, 05 March 2007


It is very sad indeed. Madi was a very good friend from the first moment at Thupelo Workshop in 2004. Great pity that I never had the opportunity of inviting you to Nigeria. Rest in Peace.
, 05 March 2007


I met Madi on 26 January 2007 (this year) at Guga S’thebe Arts and Culture Centre in Langa where he also worked. Its funny how you meet someone for the first time and manage to make a connection that makes you feel like you’ve known them forever. Because after my guests had long gone (I was hosting an event at the centre that weekend) I stayed and chatted to Madi for hours. What a loss! This guy was so wise, had so much intergrity and he was such a visionary. I was so excited and proud when I saw him exhibiting at the Design Indaba. We spoke about the fact that he wanted to explore his work on ‘mother’s looking for their children’ more and I was telling him how much I relate to the work. Eish, what a waste! Madi was one of those people that made me really proud. U robale hantle, Madi. What an ancestor you are going to make…
Ukhona Mlandu-Letsika
, 05 March 2007

Madi a shining light

Dear Madi,
From the moment I met you I adored you. Who could resist such a commanding presence ? A beautiful man with confident maturity, an extraordinarily happy artist, thrilled with your recent successs and new role as educator , it was a privilege to know you. But, alas too short.

On Thursday I saw you radiantly giving your first ever guided tour to an enchanted school group .
How is it possible that a huge presence and a visionary i could have his life snuffed out like that?
I know that many of us grieve for your lost life and the loss to your children and their mothers. I also know that many of us are fearful.
Go well Madi you will not be forgotten,.
Your friend and colleague


Iziko SA National Gallery, Cape Town.Carol Kaufmann, 05 March 2007

We will miss you, Madi

To have met Madi was to never forget him. I had the pleasure during the early days of the Thupelo workshops in Johannesburg and I was thrilled at his appointment in the Iziko Education and Public Programmes Department. I mourn his untimely and violent passing with my colleagues at Iziko South African National Gallery. Some met him only recently, but his enthusiasm, energy and excitement about his work here impressed everyone and the sense of loss is palpable. He loved the environment, which – as he said – opened up new avenues and possibilities for education and for his own work. Madi’s life has been extinguished, but he lives and shines through his work and in our hearts.Marilyn Martin, 05 March 2007

Watch over usOh how sad for us all – another beautiful, gentle soul lost when we really needed him in Cape Town. We will miss you, Madi.
J Ranson, 05 March 2007

A kernel of my research, for MadiHere I share a portion of my upcoming book (UMinn 2007)
in which Madi was the crux….It is my profound regret that Madi did not live to see this eulogy in print.In 1989, in a moving defense of what she called “Black Abstract Art,” against the contemporary writing of critics like Richards, Marilyn Martin pointed out that Gavin Younge neglected to comment on the work pictured above his own paragraphs on the Thupelo Project in Art of the South African Townships . The image was a mixed media work on canvas by Madi Phala that contained several stick figures and what appeared to be a hint of the corrugated metal wall of an urban slum shack. According to Martin, these figural elements, together with Phala’s title, These Guys Are Heavy, actually contradicted the thrust of Younge’s own argument about a non-referential, apolitical art emanating from the Thupelo workshops. I am inspired to expand upon Martin’s perceptive remarks on Madi Phala’s work. First, the title of the piece was a reference to the black American slang term, “heavy,” with its connotation of ponderous, serious, or deeply significant political or emotional implications as in the name of the 1990s rap group with a retro 1960s “Black Power” aesthetic: “The Brand New Heavies.” Martin’s essay cited other titles of abstract works by Phala, to strengthen her case that they held political implications: Garrison, and Adversity I.

Who are the figures in These Guys Are Heavy? Are they some township toughs, some youths, amatsosti, or Comrades, confronting the viewer with their crazed eyes, and meaning to make him or her a bit uneasy? Are they security police come to harass the youth? Are they political prisoners, sitting in their jail-box waiting? Planning their next revolutionary move?

If one were to study Madi Phala’s earlier graphic art, as published in the radical culture journal Staffrider, it becomes clear that his Thupelo Workshop-inspired paintings evolved from earlier figural work in what was locally referred to as an “African surrealist” mode. The style of this graphic work was similar to the early art of Thami Mnyele and to the mystical figural landscapes of Fikile Magadlela, both of whom were heavily involved with the Black Consciousness Movement during the 1970s. Madi Phala’s own drawings followed the example of these other artists, too, in his use of the theme of woman as a sign of the African soul, as something rooted in the soil and bursting under stress. An illustration of the popularity of this “Mother Africa” theme, and of its application among “BC”- oriented artists of the period, appeared in the March 1979 issue of Staffrider, in a poem titled, “Black Woman, Black Woman,” by Bonisile Joshua Motaung:Black woman, Black woman
Beautiful like sunset across the horizon,
With plaited hair and a face
Shining with vaseline, making her
More black in the night:
Her face wears the look of nature.
[. . .]
Black woman, Black woman
She moves with the
Dignity of a funeral,
It is not tears
Shining in her eyes
But petals of blood
Mourning the history
Of her suffering:
Obituaries of her children
Deeply line her face
Leaving freckles to mark
Their graves.
[. . .]

This poem at first seems to so closely paraphrase “Femme Noire” (1945) by Léopold Senghor, that it might be considered an homage to the poet who was a cofounder of Négritude philosophy and a touchstone for the Black Consciousness Movement. Compare the final two stanzas of Senghor’s poem:

Femme nue, femme obscure
Huile que ne ride nul souffle, huile calme aux flancs de l’athlète, aux
flancs des princes du Mali
Gazelle aux attaches célestes, les perles sont étoiles sur
la nuit de ta peau
Délices des jeux de l’Esprit, les reflets de l’or ronge ta
peau qui se moire
A l’ombre de ta chevelure, s’éclaire mon angoisse aux
soleils prochains de tes yeux.

Femme nue, femme noire
Je chante ta beauté qui passe, forme que je fixe dans l’Eternel
Avant que le Destin jaloux ne te réduise en cendres pour
nourrir les racines de la vie.

Naked woman, dark woman
Oil no breeze can ripple, oil soothing the thighs
Of athletes and the thighs of the princes of Mali
Gazelle with celestial limbs, pearls are stars
Upon the night of your skin. Delight of the mind’s riddles,
The reflections of red gold from your shimmering skin
In the shade of your hair, my despair
Lightens in the close suns of your eyes.

Naked woman, black woman
I sing your passing beauty and fix it for all Eternity
before a jealous Fate reduces you to ashes to nourish the roots
of life.

“Femme Noire” was a statement, in verse, of the place of woman in Négritude philosophy. Senghor’s language reified black woman as the embodiment of sensuousness and as a place of comfort and warmth for men. In this poem, too, death was a metaphor for the entombment of Africa’s mythical past, as well as a source of sustenance for Africa’s future. Motaung’s description was more somber. For him the African woman suffered, she aged, and her tears bespoke the tragedy of the early death of her children. This perspective was shared among Black Consciousness writers in South Africa, most notably Mongane Wally Serote, whose poem “The Three Mothers,” began with the lines:
This the silence of our speedy uncurling youth-tangles
Forms folds, curves little surprised faces
That gape at our heritage,
Our age,
That grab son from mother like the cross did Jesus from Maria
The faces that have eyes that are tears
Tears from mothers,
This has left me so silent!

Through Motaung and Serote’s poetry, as well as that of other Black Consciousness writers, the rhythmic sensuousness of Senghor’s Négritude was translated into the cruel realism of the South African revolution. They described women’s hardship as much as their sensuality. Their women carried the most unbearable burden: the sacrifice of their children. Sections of Motaung’s poem also seem to have been a direct inspiration for Madi Phala’s images. Motaung’s lyric so closely approximated in word what Phala’s drawing achieved with line that it might as well have been an illustration of the drawing, or vise-versa. In addition to mirroring the poet’s theme of “Africa as a woman,” the images published by Phala in Staffrider also adapted and improved upon a theme then common among black South African artists: the black musician as a metaphorical sign of the condition of the race. Along these lines, it is noteworthy that the drawings that accompanied an article on Bob Marley, in the January 1981 issue of Staffrider, were credited not as “art” but as “Music by Madi Phala” (Figure 6.11). In each of two untitled graphite-on-paper drawings, a nude woman was illustrated playing an instrument similar to a saxophone or a bass clarinet. The figure’s beaded flesh seems to drip like sweat or blood from her ponderous breasts, her elbows, her mouth, and her bald head. She is completely covered with bubble-like spots, or freckles. Her fingers stick deep inside the instrument, which itself wraps around her body like a snake, and represents the horn’s music visually. The instrument and its player become soulfully one.

By moving beyond the quaint genre of street musicians associated with township art, Phala’s pictures extended the musical theme so that musicians could also be seen as interpreters of the crushing effects of apartheid on human bodies, and of an irrepressible desire for resistance. This perspective on the expressive and revolutionary role of the musician as a stand in for all types of artists can also be seen in the photograph of Abe Cindi by veteran Drum photographer Alf Kumalo, on the cover of Staffrider for February 1980 (Figure 6.12). The shirtless musician was photographed as he sprayed his horn defiantly in the face of the viewer. And there is the photo of jazz saxophonist from the 1950s Sophiatown era, Kippie Moeketsi, in the November 1981 Staffrider (Figure 6.13). The musician, whose tragic story was recalled on the pages that followed, stares intently at his own horn, as if wondering what kind of noise the thing is going to produce next. How will it speak for him? This photograph of “Kippie” was one of the images copied over into drawings by Thami Mnyele during the 1980s. Mnyele used it in a montage with photographs of the uprising in Soweto, and of Comrades in battle on the South African border.

Senghor, Motaung, Serote, Mnyele, Dumile, Kippie, Fikile, and Madi Phala. Why not call attention to connections made between these artists and between music, and the body in distress, and poetry? Why reduce the work of South African artists during the last decades of apartheid to a polemic distinction between abstract and figurative art, that only seeks to ask whether the one is more committed to the struggle than the other?

Moving beyond this boundary, it is possible to discern that there were also European art references in Phala’s image from Thupelo. Clearly the work owes a debt to Paul Klee, especially in its economical use of line to simply make figures out of sticks, thread, or squirts of paint direct from the tube. And its theme riffs off Picasso, especially the Picasso of Guernica and even more so the Three Musicians of 1921. These two are works from Picasso’s planar and colorful studies in Synthetic Cubism. In purely technical terms, Phala’s work is not Synthetic Cubism; its style is more a marriage of Klee’s spare technique with some Abstract Expressionist flourishes. But These Guys Are Heavy seems to jump off directly from several key aspects of Three Musicians: the flat frame with three men staring out flatly from it, the hatch marks indicating a beard, and the light square ground surrounded by a darker rectangular ground. The overall feel of the abstraction itself is more in line with Klee’s child-like glyph style, but the thematic influence here is certainly Picasso. Phala’s painting scat-sings over the form of a famous Picasso, itself an icon for all modernist painters, but that does not mean that Phala meant to depict the same thing as Picasso. There is also memory work in this piece: a memory of township art, the art of shacks and squalor. There is also a consciousness of protest art, with its titular hint, an evocation of heinous conditions and of their refusal through music. This is a tough mixture. The eye, if attentive to art and to history, is led from the discovery of the Picasso Three Musicians reference, to Phala’s earlier work on musicians, and back again.

Are Phala’s musicians swinging, bluesy, and heavy with political portent? Are they singing yakhal’inkomo, “the cry of cattle” at the slaughterhouse that could also be seen in Dumile’s tortured drawings, heard in Kippie’s jazz, and read in Wally Serote’s poems? Abdullah Ibrahim had already suggested the conflation of music and political protest at the Culture and Resistance Festival in 1982. If Ibrahim’s purely tonal piano music could have a revolutionary appeal, could not the abstraction of color and line in visual art do the same? Phala mined this golden vein in his painting. Seen in light of his earlier drawing, Phala’s painting seems to be searching for a further means to make the visual more musical. I read it as a kind of acid-dipped sheet music, wherein the body and the music and the visual sign are as one, and are heavy with radical political intention. These are some of the meanings of These Guys are Heavy.

John Peffer Copyright 2006
John Peffer, 05 March 2007

Madi Phala

Madi was such an beautiful human being, it is with great sadness that I receive this news, he always visited me at my shop and he always left a energy of inspiration and positivity. He left us a happy man I am sure, but I dont think he was finished with what he was busy with here. My deepest sympathy. What a great, great man. I will miss his visits and his smile and his voice. I feel angry for the way he left, he didn’t deserve to go like this.
Erick, 05 March 2007

Murder of Madi Another cultural hero has been stolen from us. They say the spirit of a nation shall be judged by its artists, through acts like this the soul of our nation is being robbed, raped and bludgeoned to death.

I wish there was more time
Sanet Visser, 05 March 2007
I wish there was more time to honor him as an artist. He was engaged and involved in his art and as an educator and artist always inspired me with his stories. To see him at Design Indaba and experience his excitement and his new designs will last forever in my mind. I wish that I was on his first tour at the National Gallery, I wish he could read what everybody writes about him, we only walk this road once in our life, let us reach out and touch somebody’s life like he did.Hazel Friedman, 05 March 2007

Madi, friend of my heart

… to meet you, to walk a distance together with you, talking, laughing, discussing, planning, inspiring each other – what a wonderful time this was … and even by email, over 10.000km this connection never ended … what’s now with your exhibition in Germany, the kids workshops and the idea of swap-working together again ?! you really leave me alone … not only me !
Madi, mad-I, wonderful, crazy, lovable person … Cape Town is different now, because it was both at once, meeting you and the mother-city … you showed me a lot about the way of living and thinking and history of South Africa, you made me understand your view to the world and your vision and optimism that things will become better …
Talking about “those old times in Jo’burg” you always called yourself a township-soldier who survived so many situations.War is still not over.
I am so sorry and sad, nothing will fill up the hole your senseless death brought into my world … you’re in my heart, my friend. MASEGO – as you always told me ! Gehe Deinen Weg in Schönheit und Frieden ! UTA from Aachen-Germany

Uta Göbel-Groß, 05 March 2007

Dear Madi

…things been hard since you left. Your’e in God’s hands now but I’m so scared about the future and don’t want to die all alone: you came through to visit and supported my career, sat down spoke deeply to me in words hard to put in writing. I looked up to you with pride as a brother able to humble himself down and part wisdom and support in so many ways.

Sharing the same platform at your last show was really an honour I will keep with the highest ideal. Thank you for showing me the way in this journey of life we all pilgrim through…

Rest in Peace Madi…
H.Bruce, 05 March 2007

Madi Phala

I’m very saddened by this news. I had occasion to spend time in a workshop here in Durban during 2006 and he was a great inspiration to me. May he rest in peace, and dance his dance of joy.
Terry-Anne Stevenson, 05 March 2007

great loss

I am so deeply saddened by the news and angry about how this could have happened.

South Africa is supposed to have the most “advance” constitution of the world, but in reality even the most basic human right -the right to live safely-is not protected!

I hope Mr President Mbeki has the wisdom to see that in order to promote the “African Renaissance”, one must protect the safety of the African equivalence of Da Vinci’s.
Kristin Hua Yang, 05 March 2007

Madi Phala

Madi was an inspiration to artists and had the courage to say and do what he thought was correct. He was a leading light at GreatMore studios and his influence will be greatly missed.
The South African art scene has lost a valuable member who had a great deal of energy and enthusiasm. Such a senseless act of violence will have a significant effect on the lives of many including those not actively pursuing a career as an artist.
Isky Gordon, 06 March 2007

CRIME that we know & live with

The crime that we know and live with has yet robbed us of our dearest friend.This was a very humbled,soft spoken, dedicated man who poured all his energies to his work.He loved doing what he did with all his heart ART. Lives in our townships are seen valueless & hence the CRIME that we know and live with will continue to tore our hearts & take our valuable, beloved ones.All my sympathies goes to the Phala family in Kwa Thema, Springs.I will miss those rainy Friday nights at your place listening to some Music and having cold one, till we meet agin.Terrible way for a person of your calibre to get recognition if he is ever gonna get any.

‘Robala ka kgotso Phala, Mmino wa molodi wa hao o tla o dula o lla ha monate.’
Gaoutwe Styles Mosala, 06 March 2007

I Missed Meeting You!

I’ve heard so much about this great Artist but it’s very unfortunate that I didn’t have a chance to meet him!

Rest in peace Madi
Mary Ogembo, 06 March 2007

Is it True?Madi Son of the soil.
I had a privilege meeting you in my life and what a great person. You will not only be missed by South Afrikans but all your friends around the world my dear Brother. Yet another son of the soil taken by the Criminals who no longer respect human life, its sad. We will all miss you and your smilling face will always reflect all your loving heart.

I am running out of words and your love for the development of art will be missed by many my dear brother. lots luv
Raphael chikukwa Chinovava, 06 March 2007

Madi PhalaI met Madi Phala at AVA at the opening of his exhibition in 2004. His charisma remains with me.
Malcolm Payne, 06 March 2007

Lala ngoXolo Madi

I read with shock the sudden death of Madi at the hands of crimininals who have no respect for sanctity of life. It was befitting for Madi to have been commissioned to do work on the sinking of the S.S. Mendi…with this let’s remember the last dance of the black heroes with Reverend Wauchope leading them on…..’ Ukuntsika kweMendi”
Ulale ngoXolo
Andile Magengelele, 06 March 2007

Madi, my Brother

What a great loss! We will remember your infectious laughter, sense of humour, your unique & colourful style of dressing. You were a very peace loving person who did not deserve such a violent death.

Madi, you were more than just a friend with whom we played football on the dusty streets of Kwa Thema as teenagers. You were more than a colleague in model design at the SABC. You were more than a colleague in art. You were a brother. You epitomized humanity. Your art will continue to truly represent you. Like the oils you used in your paintings, your memories will take long to dry & once they dry, they will not fade away.

Rest in peace Madi, the artist, designer, teacher, avid reader and once again, Brother. SAM NHLENGETHWA
Sam Nhlengethwa, 07 March 2007


I remember meeting you in 2005 in May when you were at bag factory as if it was a moment ago. We sat and talked about cattle like two herd boys from different tribes. shared their passion of cattle. I remember your laughter at my theories of lobola and cattle.

Such memorable laughter and smile you had. It would have been nice to meet you again.

May soul rest in peace.
Anawana Haloba
, 07 March 2007

To Madi Phala

“Death is not a journey to a strange country; it is a journey home. We are not going to a foreign country, but to our father’s house where we will be with our family and friends”.

Madi you’ve been with us when we lost our beloved sister last month, it is so sad now to say that about you. You’ve been a very good & kind family friend to us and, we will definitely miss that lovely smile of yours every time you enter our house and the twins will miss your sweets too.

Uhambe kakuhle, ulale ngoxolo, sohlala sikukhumbula Madi!
Bukelwa Soha, 07 March 2007

Robala ka Kgotso

Robala ka Kgotso Ta Madi, you’ll forever be remembered, Rest in Peace Son of the Soil.
Kgomotso Raborife, 07 March 2007

tragic and senseless

I had the privilege of meeting Madi Phala through Mario Pissarra, when I was in Cape Town very briefly in November of 2006. Our meeting is one I’m unlikely to forget. Such a tragic and senseless loss of life. My deepest and most sincere condolences to his family and close friends.
Eddie Chambers, 07 March 2007

Madi Phala

One abiding memory of Madi Phala is observing his encounter with a very young artist at an exhibition opening in Cape Town last year. The young artist recognised Madi, and came up to him somewhat awestruck, nervously trying to convey how much he admired his work. Madi responded with absolute humility, saying “YOU are an inspiration to ME.”

Peace, Madi. I look forward to meeting you again.
Matthew Cannon, 07 March 2007


Madi, I was going to write to you to tell you I miss you, but then I read the news that we will all be missing you for a very long time.

The memories of you dancing and laughing make me smile. The last time we spoke was such a short time ago and you were smiling like the sun; it was as if anything could flourish under the warmth and light you radiated…and still do.

Madi, I am glad to have met you and I am shocked and sad you are gone so soon. I send my thoughts and sympathies to the Phala family.
Maryalice Walker, Maine, USA, 07 March 2007

Bra Madi

I have no words to express the state I’m undergoing. Such realities in our society are inconceivable to imagine. It is in such times that one’s presence become apparent in the case of one’s absence. I remain grateful to have had an opportunity to exchange ideas and receive professional advice from ‘Bra Madi’. The warmth and love of your fellow artists you had at all times. Your presence will remain with all those you came across. Lala ngoxolo Madi Phala.
Loyiso Qanya, 07 March 2007

Aluhlanga lungehlanga

Madi mfowethu ulale ngoxolo.
Velile Soha, 08 March 2007

Madi Phala

I am shocked to hear how someone who seems so alive in my memory is no longer around. I am in cold and gloomy London, but am taken back to my memory of speaking with Madi on a sunny day in Cape Town and his warmth and enthusiasm that still seems so present. There is no excuse for a needless death but the least one can do is try to enable life to continue the way the person who left it would want us to.
Jade Gibson, 08 March 2007


What a tragedy. Wonderful to have met and worked with
such a charismatic and talented man. Pse forward my condolences to
the studio and family.

Ros Lurie, 09 March 2007


Lala ngoxolo Madi, You’re a great inspiration to many , young and old. Am thnkful that I got the chance to be arround you even if it was for a short time.Your star will forever shine
Zipho, 09 March 2007


I was very suprised to hear about Madi’s death because the way I saw him he was a good person. I don’t know why some people can do bad things like this.
I met him on the 28/02/07 at the gallery but to what I saw HE WAS A DARLING.
May the good lord be with his family in this time. MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE!
Obedience Motlhanke @ CPUT BELLVILLE CAMPUS, 09 March 2007

You made such an impression

Dear Madi

You made such an impression on me.

I met you in the week preceeding the opening of parliament at the National Gallery. You came in to visit a calligraphy workshop several times. Your infectious laugh, love of life, life philosophy and your hair were just fabulous. We had a good laugh about how you had put up your hair and how incredible it looked. We talked about happiness and about life and you made such an impression on me – I will not forget you.

Rest in peace. I am sure you will walk with us as an angel. Know that you have touched so many hearts …
Leesette, 12 March 2007

A Kings child

“A King’s child” Madi said to Reason and I when we briefly spoke at the iLetters workshop. My aching heart finds comfort in his answer.

Dit is ons kalligrawe se gebed dat God elkeen wat treur met Sy Liefdeskombers sal vertroos.
Heleen de Haas, 13 March 2007

Madi Phala

I never had the opportunity cross paths twith the well-known and celebrated Madi Phala, but have heard so much rich and joyful things about him that it was quite a shock for me…However, I have the pleasure of sharing a history with one of his children who, to me, is a direct image in art and character as his father. Although Madi is gone, I know that his spirit is living through the hearts and lives of his children…Madi, I know that I have not met you, but I do know that we would have chatted about life and art (in all its spheres) till the sun would rise…Rest in Peace
Anon, 14 March 2007

Its a shame

The news of the death of Madi Phala came to me with great shock. He was made of so much energy and humour, intelligent and vibrant. The international art community will miss his creativity and friendship. Its a pity he had to go in such a brutal way.
We will all miss you Madi.
My sincere sympathy to the greatmore community, his family and friends. may his soul rest in Eternal peace.
Anon, 15 March 2007

Madi Phala

If you were a star
we would hate to see sunlight.

but then again what is life without sunshine

may your brightness dazzle us
may our rainbow’s colours be richer.

may the tears of your kith and kin be wiped by the HEAVENS ANGELS and their smiles be restored because you were one of a kind and with that they and all of us can walk tall and proud;

because in you, with you, around you, about you our humaneness was defined.

Anon, 20 March 2007

gentle mentor

Madi was the first artist that I ever collaborated with on a show called Exfoliate, curated by Norman O’Flynn in 2003. I can’t remember how I ended up being paired up with Madi, but I do remember a man that was full of grace, stories and passion. We both loved paper, but he taught me extremes that paper and collage could be taken to, with me definitely in his shadow. He welcomed me as a visitor to Greatmore and guided my students where I fell short. He was our Mentor. Most of all in collaboration he awakened the practicing artist in me that had been lost in so much theory. Thus dawned a beginning for me, which I will always remember.
I’ll rememeber the last I saw you, your intrigued smile at my show in January, I’ll remember your art, burned into my memory.
What a pity to have to say good bye.

, 01 April 2007

Madi Phala

I’m mainly shamefully ignorant about our black artists but I’m trying to catch up and educate myself …… I’d never heard of Madi Phala, but his beautiful face stopped me in my tracks, and the story of his senseless death broke my heart. My deepest sympathy goes to his family and friends. I will catch up now Madi, and learn more about you – thank you for leaving us your beautiful work.
Elaine Hurford, 10 April 2007


I wonder where are those killers because I was a student to Madi Phala. Artists they die like nothing. May Madi’s soul rest in peace.
Tshepo Senyeho, artist from Kwa Thema, 15 May 2007

Unbelievable!!!! RIP

I am extremely devasted by Madi’s passing. Who could do such a mean thing to the world? I vivsted Madi Phala while i was doing my study tours of South Africa. I once spent a week at his house in Langa, Cape Town! May the GOOD MAKER rest him in eternal peace. Collin
Collin Sekajugo, 01 December 2007

RIP Madi

Madi’s works rocked my heart! I first met during an international artists workshop in Lusaka Zambia. I pray that his inspirational works continue to impact positively on other people’s lives.
Rest in Peace. Collin Sekajugo, Kampala, Uganda
Collin Sekajugo, 01 December 2007

Thank you!

The bewildering talent, vision and style of an artist like Madi… will never die! May his soul fare and excel as well on “the other side” as his creative physical did on this one…thank you for what you left us with, my friend – boundless inspiration!!!
Courtney Anthony Forbes, 11 December 2007

Madi Phala

It is exactly two years since your death Madi but your’e always remembered, loved, missed by your friends, colleagues and family. I always think of the past where we used to enjoy together with your fellow friends the late Nhlanhla Xaba and Sam Nhlengethwa. May your soul rest in peace.
Your brother Teboho Xaba.

Teboho Xaba, 14 May 2009

Madi Phala

Madi, did not know you. Could not because our paths were thousands of miles away from each other. However, in spirit were knew each other. We are Africans.

I contemplate the waste that took your life – and the lives of so many others – before our time and now in our own time. It troubles my soul.

In the past, others did it to us. A few who cared for humanity protested. Our people fought with their blood.

Today we seem to be doing it all to ourselves. We should all be outraged. Beyond outrage we should all be doing something to stop the blight of violence. We do not have replacement for the Madis of our world.
Nativeson, 04 September 2009

Rest in peace My Brother.Sohla sikukhumbula

i remember Madi making his trips to my granny’s house to see my uncle how is also an artist,sohlala sikukhumbula
lorraine plaatjies, 02 March 2010


… 3 years ago our talking stopped … the conversation is not over … it takes place here and there in my life and in my art … you are remembered, still here, with your art, your laughter, your spirit … I will come back to CT soon – and meet you here and there wihin the remembrances of friends and artist-colleagues … still miss you … with a SMILE …
UTA Göbel-Groß, 13 April 2010

Artworks Looks at Traditions of Past & Present Melvyn Minnar, Businessday September 2007

Madi Phala: The herd boy artist in his prime Chris Barron The Sunday Times 11 March 2007
Langa Artist brutally murdered.Jazz Concert to Honour His Name Tarzan Mbita

Phala se dood ruk kunsgemeenskap Liza Grobler, Die Burger

Arts community mourns tragic loss of Phala Melvyn Minnaar, Cape Times March 8 2007

Madi Phala: Obituary Cape Times 8 March 2007

Artist stabbled to death Thulani Magazi, Vukani 8 March 2007

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