Thami Jali

b. Lamontville, Durban, South Africa, 1955.

Thami Jali is a painter and ceramicist. As an alumni of the Rorke’s Drift Art & Craft Centre he helped re-establish the ceramic studio when the centre re-opened in 2004. He is a multi-faceted artist whose art is at once forbidding and optimistic, giving voice to the man on the street and celebrating the diversity of South African cultures and languages.

Art education

1983-84 Ceramics, Natal Technikon, KwaZulu-Natal
1981-82 Rorke's Drift Art & Craft Centre, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Selected Exhibitions

2014 Restless Spirt, solo exhibition, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2014 Retroactive, KZNSA, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2011 Three Parts More Harmony, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2011 Amandla, Menzi Mchunu & Democratic Gallery, BAT Centre, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2010 Amandla, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2009 A Known Heritage,  Kizo Art Gallery at Gateway, Umhlanga,  Kwa-zulu Natal
2007 Transformation, solo exhibition, Menzi Mchunu Gallery, BAT Centre, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
2004 InniBos Kunstefees, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga
1998 Ungqofo Ulalele, solo exhibition, Menzi Mchunu Gallery, BAT Centre, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
1997 New Dehli Triennale, Lalit Kala Akademi, India
1995 Africus Johannesburg Biennale ’95, Johannesburg
1995 38 Essex Road, NSA Gallery, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
1994 National Arts Trust Exhibition, BAT Centre, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
1993 ART OMI, International Artists Workshop, New York, USA
1991 & 1992 Thupelo Workshop Exhibition, Fuba Gallery, Johannesburg
1990 Vulamehlo – Open Eye,  Durban Art Gallery, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
1990 Art from South African Townships, Institute for Contemporary Arts, London, England
1989 Five Friends, NSA Gallery, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal (Paul Sibisi, Mpolokeng Ramphomane, Sifiso kaMkame, Gordon Gabashane and Thami Jali)
1989 Objects of Utility, Fuba Gallery, Johannesburg
1988 Friends of Freedom, Fuba Gallery, Johannesburg
1983 Art Communication, Indingilizi Gallery, Mbabane, Swaziland
1980 - 1982 Festival of African Art, University of Zululand, Richards Bay, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Workshops & Residencies

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


1982 First Prize in Sculpture, Festival of African Arts, University of Zululand, Kwa-Zulu Natal


2017 Judge, PPC Imaginarium Awards
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, Kwa-Zulu Natal
1987 Taught pottery and sculpture, Mofolo Art Centre, Soweto, Johannesburg
1983-84 Founder of Art Communications, Natal Technikon, KwaZulu-Natal

Public collections

Campbell Collections, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Durban Art Gallery
South African National Gallery
Tatham Art Gallery
The Constitutional Court
University of Zululand

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

1981 Fine Art, University of Cape Town, Cape Town
1985 Higher Degree in Education, University of Cape Town, Cape Town
2012 Masters, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth

Selected Exhibitions

2017 Just Painting, group exhibition, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth
2016 #TheVoices, group exhibition, National Arts Festival, Albany Museum, Grahamstown
2015 Art State, group exhibition, Gallery NOKO, Port Elizabeth
2014 Redefinition of the status quo – collector’s edition, group exhibition, Gallery NOKO, Port Elizabeth
2013 Collective 2013, artSPACE Gallery, Durban
2012 A4 Ideas, group exhibition, 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 girlsHelenvale Urban Renewal Programme, Thusong centre, Port Elizabeth
The Sunday Times 100 year celebration public art work, Queenstown


Jonathan (Jon) Berndt

b. 1950, Ladybrand, (then Orange) Free State, South Africa; d. 2010, Cape Town.

Jon Berndt was one of the founders of the Poster Workshop at the Community Arts Project. Best known for his political and educational graphics,  Berndt’s early creative practice was influenced by the Arte Povera movement. His last major project took the form of imagined public art works, where his acute political and graphic sensibilities are amply evident.


Faith47 is a street-and studio-based artist in Cape Town, South Africa. Her murals can be found in many cities in Europe, the USA and South Africa. Using a wide range of media, including graphite, spray paint, oil paint, ink, photography and collage, 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.

Solo Exhibitions

2014 - Aqua Regalia - London, UK
2013 - Fragments of a burnt history - David Krut Gallery - Johannesburg, South Africa
2008 - The Restless Debt Of Third World Beauty - Atm Gallery - Berlin
2008- The Restless Debt Of Third World Beauty - The Woom Gallery - Birmingham

Group Exhibitions

2014 - Artscape - Malmoe, Sweden
2014 - 5 Sector Mural Project - Glasgow, Scotland
2014 - Berlin Wall 25th Anniversary Group Show - Paris, France
2014 - Djerbahood - Djerba, Tunisia
2014 - Forest for the trees mural festival - Portland, USA
2014 - Rencontres Australes d’Imaitsoanala - Antananaraivo, Madagascar
2014 - A study of Hair Group Show - Backwoods Galley, Melbourne, Australia
2014 - Redux Group Show - Inoperable Gallery, Vienna, Austria
2014 - Outdoor Urban art festival - Rome, Italy
2014 - Wywood walls - Art Basel, Miami, USA

2013 - Pow Wow Mural Project - Hawaii
2013 - Anniversary Group Show - White Walls Gallery - San Fransisco
2013 - Memorie Urbane Contemporary Festival* - Gaeta, Italy
2013 - Upfest Mural Project* - Bristol, UK
2013 - Escape the Golden Cage - Vienna, Austria
2013 - Brotkunsthalle Group Show - Vienna, Austria
2013 - Fragments of a burnt history - Solo exhibition, David Krut Gallery - Johannesburg

2013 - XII. Into the Dark - Group Show - Unit44, The Victoria Tunnel, Newcastle, UK
2013 - Scupltura Viva International Symposium - San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy
2013 - DOS Group Show - Toronto, Canada

2013 - Women on the walls - Jeffrey Deitch and Wynwood Walls - Miami, USA

2013 - Beyond Eden - Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2013 - Wall Therapy - Rochester, New York, USA

2013- Wooster Collective 10 Year Anniversary Show - Jonathan Levine Gallery - New York, USA

2013 - Nuart Festival - Stavanger, Norway

2013 - MAUS Mural Project - Malaga, Spain

2013- Avant-Garde Urbano Festival - Tudela de Navarra, Spain
2013- Los Muros Hablan - San Juan, Puerto Rico


2012 - ‘Antenna Garden’ Dal & Faith47 exhibition - Rtist Gallery - Melbourne
2012 - Carbon Event - Melbourne
2012 - International Women - Warrington Museum - London
2012 - Mural Project - Tel Aviv
2012 - Herzensbrecher - Strychnin Gallery - Berlin
2012 - Aarhus International Mural Project - Aarhus - Denmark
2012 - Group Show - Kulturhuset - Stockholm
2012 - Mural Project - Sion, Switzerland
2012 - Mural Project - Melun, France
2012 - Paris Free Walls - Paris, France
2012 - Wall Therapy - Mural Project - Rochester, New York
2012 - World Open Walls - Miami

2012 - Wynood Walls - Miami

2011 - Urban Painting - Milan

2011 - MSA Gallery - Paris
2011 - Outside - 34 Long Gallery - Cape Town
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 - Batelier street art weekend - Slovakia
2011 - Artmosh - Munich
2011 - Street Art Exhibition - 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 - Cool Stuff – 34 Fine Art Gallery – Cape Town
2010 - Nothing Is Everything - Word Of Art Gallery - Cape Town
2010 - A Cry For Help - Thinkspace - Los Angeles

2009 - The Generations - The Showroom Gallery – New York
2009 - Artmosh - Paris
2009 - Epitaph - Solo Show - Mrego – Brussels
2009 - Artotale International Mural Project - Lueneberg, Germany
2009 - Group Soup - Word Of Art Gallery - Cape Town
2009 - No New Enemies - Mr Ego – Brussels
2009 - Four - 34 Long Fine Art Gallery – Cape Town

2008 - 1st Internationale Graffiti Bienale -belo Horizonte, Brasil
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
2007 - The Art Of The Living Dead - Baseline Studios - South Africa

2006 - New Suburbia - Pretoria
2006 - Lines Of Attitude - South Africa And Kenya

2005 - Subglob - orebro, Sweden
2005 - Go Gallery - Amsterdam

Selected Publications & Links

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.


Nirveda Alleck

b. 1975, Mauritius. Currently lives in Mauritius.

Nirveda Alleck is a multi-disciplinary artist who fuses public and personal situations to create works that unpack psychological notions of time, space, life and death.


2014 Des hommes, des mondes, College des Bernardins, Paris, France.

2013: La Belle Peinture 2, Phoenix le Halles, Ile Maurice.
2013: Made in India, collaborative exhibition, Reunion Island.
2013: Select Works, solo at Angsana Balaclava, Mauritius.
2013: Still Fighting Ignorance and Intellectual Perfidy, Malmo Konsthall, SWEDEN and Kunsthalle Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Marrakech Biennale Parallel projects 2014
2013: Art Warning the World, France.

2012: We Have Lost The Way, La Tour Koenig, Mauritius.
2012: Art Party- solo, Henessy Park Hotel, Mauritius.
2012: La Cinematheque Quebequoise, Canada.
2012: Dakart Biennale 2012, Senegal.

2011: One Color, Pfeister Gallery, Bornholm, Denmark.
2011: To Africanize is to Civilize, Silencio, Paris Photo OFF, France
2011: FAIVA Residency Exhibition, Mali
2011: ohannesburg Art Fair, South Africa.
2011: One Minutes Africa Awards, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo Egypt.
2011: FOCUS11 : Contemporary Art Africa, Art Basel, Switzerland.
2011: Open Studio, Omi International Art Centre, NY, USA.
2011: One Minutes Video Africa- Bamako, Mali.

2010: World Festival of Back Art International Exhibition, Dakar, Senegal.
2010: La Foire des Mascareignes, Reunion Island.
2010: The Landing of the Dodos Public Art Project, Mauritius.
2010: 200 yrs Grand Port Battle Commemorative Exhibition, Mauritius.
2010:: Dakart Biennale of Contemporary Art, Senegal.

2009: Biennale Arts Actuels, Reunion Island.
2009: Vieme Jeux de la Francophonie, (Francophonie Games) Painting Exhibition, Lebanon.
2009: Indian Diaspora International Exhibition, Mauritius.
2009: Pan-African Art Festival, Algeria.

2008: Anniversary Raffle, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa.
2008: INTERLACE- Drawing Connections between SA, Finland and Mauritius, IMAAYA Gallery,                             Mauritius.

2008: House Games, Jyvaskula, Finland.
2008: Tulipamwe International Artists Exhibition, Goethe Centre, Namibia.
2008: Imaaya Exhibition, Imaaya Gallery, Mauritius.
2008: Omada, Live video performance, Mauritius.

2007: International Urban Workshop Exhibition, Thupelo, Cape Town, South Africa.
2007: Présent Immobile, Solo Show at La Citadelle, Mauritius.
2007: Liberté D’expression, Right Now ! Exhibition, IBL Gallery, Mauritius.
2007: International Women’s Exhibition, MGI Gallery, Mauritius.

2006 Resident Artists Exhibition, Bag Factory Fordsburg Artists studios, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2005: 2nd Triennale of Contemporary Art, Mauritius
2005: ESTAFAB, 2nd East Africa Biennale, Tanzania
2005: Salon de Mai, Moka, Mauritius
2005: International Painters Exhibition, Chitrakala Parishek, Bangalore, India
2005: 11th Triennale India, New Delhi, India

2004: Duad- solo show, Max Boullé Gallery, Mauritius

2003: Pond, Group Exhibition, Cochrane Street, Glasgow, Scotland

2001: Diplomatic Immunity, Hunter College, Times Square Gallery, New York, USA.

1999: Glasgow Art Fair, St Georges Square, Scotland
1999: Interim Show, Glasgow School Of Art, Scotland

1998: 6th Biennial Of Contemporary Art, Seychelles

Zilch And All, Solo Show, Max Boullé Gallery, Mauritius

1997: Michaelis School Of Fine Art Graduate Exhibition, Cape Town, South Africa
Preface, Centre For African Studies Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa Members Exhibition, Ava                                           Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Exhibition Screenings

2006 and 2007: Femlink International Video Collage, travelling exhibition.
Lebanon, Beyrouth, “Les Instants Video” with Shams,
France, Paris, Mairie du IXeme,
Mexico, 6DOF, Puebla, Cultural Centre La Cloaco,
Croatia, Pula, Pula Film Festival,
Greece, Athens Video Art Festival,
USA, Cambridge Massachusetts, Cyber Arts Night Vision Festival,
France, Cachan, Espace Dialogos, Orangerie,
Argentina, Buenos Aires Centro Cultural San Martin, Cultural Media and Art,
Macedonia, Skopje, Mala Stanica multimedia centre in collaboration with Lokomotiva,                                    Centre for New Initiatives in Arts and Culture,
Germany, Berlin, Directors Lounge, Contemporary Media and Art,
Netherlands, Eindhoven, Temporary Art Centre,
Canada, Quebec, Centre Videofemmes,
Spain, Barcelona, Loop Festival,
USA, Fitchburg State College.
France, Paris, Nuit Blanche, La Bellevilloise,
Scotland, Edinburgh: European Biennale of Contemporary Art,
France, Paris, Internat, Jeune Creation Exhibition of Contemporary Art,
Lithuania, Kaunas, European Biennale of Contemporary Art,
Poland, Varsovie, European Beinnale of Contemporary Art,
France, Mende, European Biennale of Contemporary Art,
Uruguay, Montevideo, Foundation of Contemporary Art FAC.
Indonesia, Teater Utan Kayu,
France, Nimes: Biennale Europeenne d’Art Contemporain,
Indonesia, Bandung, Cinematic Lab

Filmography and Video Works

2001: Gist, Video installation, Scotland
2004: Counter Currents, Synchronised video work, Mauritius
2005: Ravinal Man, 17 min film, Funded by Mauritius Film Development Corporation
2006: Perfect Match, Video Performance- looped, Mauritius
2006: Power, Soweto. Video work 20 min looped, Johannesburg SA
2007: Histories, Documentary on Freedom of Expression, commissioned by Right Now! Association,                   Mauritius.
2007: Tragedy of a swing and a chair- for Femlink International, 2 min video.
2008: Omada Video performance, 8 min music and dance video, Mauritius
2009: Ephemeral, Biennale Art Actuels, 8min video
2011: The return, video Art, 2 mins, commissioned by One Minutes Africa
2011: one color, video art, 3min
2011: L’Offrande, video Art, nominated for One Minutes Africa Prize
2011: They spoke different tongues, 15 min 2 channel video, Mali
Art OMI Alumni, GSA Alumni, UCT Alumni

Collections and Commissions

Azuri, Mauritius
Ministry of Arts and Culture, Mauritius
Okombahe Community, Namibia
Lalit Kala Akademi, India
Reinsurance Consultants, Mauritius & SA
Holcim Cements, Mauritius
Shields Mural Project, Peugeot Centre, Glasgow Scotland
Church House, Bridgeton, Glasgow 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
Mc Cabe Contemporary Art (Cecily Getty), Cape Town, South Africa
Independent Outdoor Media, South Africa


2012: Dakar Biennale Catalogue
2011: Joburg Art Fair Catalogue
2011: Migrant C Catalogue, Joburg Art Fair
2011: Fanzines by Focus Contemporary African Art
2010: Dakart Biennale Catalogue
2009: Biennale Arts Actuels Catalogue, Reunion Island
2009: Francophonie Games Art and Culture Catalogue, Lebanon
2009: 2nd PanAfrican Festival Catalogue, Algeria.
2009: Indian Diaspora International Exhibition Catalogue.
2007: International Urban Workshop Exhibition, Thupelo, Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA
2007: Présent Immobile, La Citadelle, Mauritius
2007: Art in Mauritius by Hans Ramduth, MGI Publication, Mauritius.
2007: National Art Gallery, 1st Salon d’Ete Catalogue, Mauritius.
2006: Bag Factory Resident Exhibition Catalogue.
2005: 11th Triennale India Catalogue
2005: Estafab Catalogue 2005 Tanzania
2005: National Art Gallery Mauritius website:
2001: Diplomatic Immunity Catalogue, UK in New York Festival
1998: “24 Artworks by selected South African Artists”, McCabe Gallery Publication, South Africa.

Awards and Prizes

2012: Cultural Leadership Training, at the African Arts Institute of South Africa, EU/AFAI funded.
2012: Recipient of Emma Award by Bank One, for Arts and Culture, Mauritius.

2011: Nominated for FNB Art Prize at Joburg Art Fair
2011: Nominated For One Minutes Africa 2011, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo
2011: Francis J Greenburger Fellowship at Omi International Arts Centre
2011: Recipient of International Grant for Artist Scheme, Ministry of Arts and Culture Mauritius

2010: Laureate at Dakar Biennale 2010, Soleil d’Afrique Prize

2008: Sponsored by HIVOS to take part in Tulipamwe International Artists Workshop and Exhibition Namibia

2004: Selected for ‘1er Fond D’Aide au Développement du Film’, Mauritius Film Development Corporation

1999: School of Fine Art Postgraduate Scholarship, Glasgow School of Art

1998: Most Promising Young Artist Award, Seychelles Biennial of Contemporary Art

1997: Dean’s Merit List, University of Cape Town

1994: Edward Louis Ladan Bursary offered by the University of Cape Town

Residencies and Workshops

2011:                  Soleil D’Afrique Organization Residency (October 2011), Bamako, MALI
Omi International Artists Residency,Ghent, New York, USA
One Minutes Africa workshop, Bamako, MALI
2009:                Biennale Arts Actuels Residency, Reunion Island, French Territory
2009:                Vieme Francophonie Games Painting Workshop, Beirut, Lebanon.
2009:                Indian Diaspora International Workshop, Mauritius.
2008:                Tulipamwe International Artists Workshop, Namibia
2007:                Artist in Residence, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa
2007:                Thupelo International Workshop, Cape Town, South Africa
2006:                 Artist in Residence, Bag Factory Fordsburg Artists Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa
2005:                 International Painters Camp, Chitrakala Parishek, Bangalore, India
2004:                Scriptwriting workshop with Mama Keita, MFDC Mauritius
2001-2002:    Artist in Residence, St Patrick’s Primary School, Glasgow, Scotland

Other Projects

Chair of Arterial Network Mauritius Chapter
The Landing of The Dodos public art project
Establishment of migrant-C, Mauritius Indian Ocean Artists Collective

Professional Experience

2013: Visiting Lecturer in Experimental Video, MA Visual Art and BA Digital Arts, University of Mauritius.
2012: One Day Create, outdoors Creative Art Classes, Mauritius
2012: Visiting lecturer in Art Theory at Mahatma Gandhi Institute, University of Mauritius (Critical                       Issues on Contemporary Art)
2011: Arts Consultant at Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site, Mauritius
2008- 2009: Lecturer, Mauritius Institute of Education, Mauritius
2006: Visiting Lecturer, Mahatma Gandhi Institute, University of Mauritius. (Painting)
2004 - 2008 Education Officer, Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Mauritius.
1998-1999: Community Arts Teacher, Coatbrigde Community Centre, Glasgow, Scotland


2001 Master of Fine Art (MFA), Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

1997 Bachelor of Art in Fine Arts (Hons.), First Class, University of Cape Town, SA

Burning Museum

“The Burning Museum is a collaborative interdisciplinary collective rooted in Cape Town, South Africa… We are interested in the seen and unseen, the stories that linger as ghosts on gentrified street corners; in opening up and re-imagining space as potential avenues into the layers of history that are buried within, under, and between.”

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“TO LET” , Palimpset from “TO LET” exhibition 2013

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Politische Streetart aus Südafrika: Das Monster Gentrifizierung macht auch vor Kapstadt nicht halt. Zum Glück stellen sich die Künstler von Burning Museum dagegen: mit Kleisterbildern von Apartheid-Opfern.
The Mission and the Message: ‪#‎colonialproblems‬

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Selected images from “TO LET” exhibition , Centre for African Studies – September 2013


Solo Exhibitions

2015 Cover Version, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town
2014 Manufractured activation with Artefakte Aktivierung, Northern Suburbs Train line, Cape Town and Cafe Art, Stellenbosch
2013 "TO LET" , Centre for African Studies Gallery, University of Cape Town

Group Exhibitions

2015 Boundary Objects. Madrid, Spain.
2015 Boundary Objects/ KÜNSTLICHE TATSACHEN, Kunsthaus Dresden. Dresden, Germany.
2015 Fortunes Remixed, Group exhibition, Bag Factory Art Studios. Johannesburg, South Africa
2015 Fortunes Remixed, Group exhibition, Underculture Contemporary. Port Elizabeth, South Africa
2015 Fortunes Remixed, Group exhibition, Art South Africa gallery. Cape Town, South Africa
2014 "Plakkers" - Brundyn+. Cape Town.
2014 Joburg Fringe video screening, Maboneng Precint, Johannesburg
2014 "Bring your own beamer" - Brundyn & Goncalves
2013 Greatmore Showcase
2013 Cape Town ArtWalk - Collaboration with "Future Nostalgia" as "Future Museum"


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, Phala’s works invariably represented 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

Tin Hats

Honouring the brave

Local artists shine Melvyn Minnar 2005

Bayjula.By the People for the People

Art Education

Arts and crafts at Tlakula High School, Springs

Workshops & residencies

2005 Bag Factory, Johannesburg
2004-07 Residency at Greatmore Studios, Cape Town
1992 Triangle workshop, USA
1985-92 Thupelo Workshops

Solo Exhibitions

2007 Solo exhibitions at the Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town
2005 Solo exhibitions at the Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town
2005 Solo exhibitions at the Bag Factory, Johannesburg
2004 Solo exhibitions at the Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town

Group Exhibitions

2005 Joint exhibition with Nkoali Nawa, Renault showroom, Claremont
Several group exhibitions in South Africa since 1979, Kwa Thema, Springs; also in Johannesburg.
These include Tributaries (1985); and exhibitions at the Goodman and Shell Galleries.
One group show in France (Benefit for Gerard Sekoto).


French Embassy
De Beers, London
Several private collections including Minister Pallo Jordan and art historian Barbara Lindop.


M. Pissarra Botaki [Exhibitions 1 – 4] (2004, 2005, 2006)
E. De Jager Images of Man (1992)
G. Younge Art of the South African Townships (1988)
M. Manaka Echoes of African Art (1987)
R. Burnett Tributaries (1985)
Also Staffrider.


1984 Jazz Art Poetry Appreciation Award


Member of the Bayajula arts society (1975-79).
Worked for SABC as a sound effects maker.
As founder of the Arts Enhancement Programme Phala taught children art in his garage from 1992- 98.
Among those he is credited with mentoring is the late Nhlanhla Xaba.

Sophie Peters

b. Johannesburg, 1968. Lives in Cape Town

Printmaker, painter and musician, Sophie Peters employs narrative devices to detail her personal history and experience.

Art Education

1994 Advanced Teacher Training, Community Arts Project, Woodstock, Cape Town.
1988 Ceramics with Barbara Jackson, Cape Town.
1986-1987: Community Arts Project, Cape Town.

Workshops & Residencies

2006 Community Art Workshop, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town.
2004 Renaissance Printmaking Workshop, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town.
2001 Greatmore Studios, Cape Town. Caversham Press, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
2000 Print 2000, Maastricht, Netherlands.
1997 Printmaking Project, Robben Island, Cape Town.
1990 Zabalaza Festival, London.

Solo Exhibitions

2007 Hand To Plough Landscapes, The Framery Gallery, Cape Town.
1994 Cry from the Heart, Belville Association of Arts, Cape Town

Group Exhibitions

2010 1910-2010: From Pieneef to Gugulective, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town. Gill Alderman Gallery, Kenilworth, Cape Town.2008: Provoke, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town. Some South African Voices, Rose Korber Art Consultancy, Camps Bay, Cape Town. SA Art Times, November.
2007 africa south, AVA, Cape Town.
2006 Art in Business, Artscape, Cape Town. Face (In) Cape Town, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town. A Journey Together, Voyage Ensemble, Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town.
2005 Botaki: Exhibition 2, Old Mutual Asset Managers. Botaki Exhibition 4, Old Mutual Asset Managers, Cape Town.
2004 Her Story, AVA, Cape Town. Renaissance, Cape Gallery, Cape Town. A Decade of Democracy, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
2003 Dreams of Our Daughters, Klein Karoo Kunstefees, Oudtshoorn.
2001 The Hourglass Project: A Women’s Vision, Art on Paper, Melville, Johannesburg; UNISA Gallery, Pretoria. Homecoming, Guga S’Thebe, Langa, Cape Town.
2000 How the Land Lies, Chelsea Gallery (with Lyn Smuts and Lien Botha), Wynberg, Cape Town. Greatmore Studios Official Opening, Greatmore Studios, Woodstock, Cape Town.
1999 Print Exchange 1998-1999: Portfolio for Playing Cards, Sasol Art Museum, Stellenbosch; Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria; Gencor Gallery, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg. Ten Years of Printmaking, Hard Ground Printmakers, Sanlam Art Gallery, Bellville.
1998 Siwela Ngaphesheya, Crossing the water, Robben Island Museum. Ekhaya, travelling exhibition, Western Cape. Dis Nag- The Cape’s Hidden Roots in Slavery, Iziko South African Cultural History Museum, Cape Town. Recent Publications, Hard Ground Printmakers, Grahamstown Festival, Grahamstown.
1997 Recent Publications, Hard Ground Printmakers, AVA. Body Politic (with Judy Woodborne, Alma Vortster and Fritha Langerman), AVA.
1996 Human Rights, South African Cultural History Museum, Cape Town. Barricaded Rainbow, Centre for African Studies, UCT, Cape Town. Artists Against Apartheid, Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa.
1994 Creating Image, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town.
1993 South Africa in Black and White, ISANG. Picturing Our World, Grahamstown Festival. Grahamstown; ISANG, Cape Town. Women on Women, Seef Trust Art Gallery, Cape Town.
1992 Looking Back, Community Arts Project, Woodstock, Cape Town. Visual Arts Group Travelling Exhibition, Zolani Centre, Nyanga East; Uluntu centre, Gugulethu; Mannenberg Peoples Centre; Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town. Tapestry Wall, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria.
1991 Visual Arts Group Travelling Exhibition, Cape Town. Transition, Baxter Theatre Gallery, Cape Town. Art in the Avenue, Cape Town.
1989 Nude, South African Association of Arts, Cape Town. Serendipity, Gallery, Cape Town.
1987 Invited Artists, Johannesburg Art Foundation. Volkskas Atelier Exhibition, Cape Town.
1986 The Eye of an Artist, Gugulethu. Young Blood, SAAA, Cape Town.

Group Exhibitions International

2008 Mapping Cultural Echoes-Voyage Ensemble, Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA), Harare, Zimbabwe.2001: Canada.
2000 Germany. Iceland.1998: Artist for Africa, Sweden. Sicula Sizhentsha Xa Sisonke – The South Africa Aesthetic, travelling exhibition, USA.
1997 Sicula Sixhentsa Xa Sisonke – The South Africa Aesthetic, travelling exhibition, Mississippi, Detroit, New York, USA.
1995 Peace for Africa, Geneva, Switzerland.
1994 [Travelling exhibition] Brooklyn, NYC & Massachussets, USA.
1994Relief in Black and White,Brighton Festival,UK.
1990 Zabalaza Festival, Institute for Contemporary Art, London


Public collection: Iziko South African National Gallery; Durban Art Gallery; Constitutional Court of South Africa; Western Cape Provincial Government; Mayibuye Centre, UWC.Private collection: South Africa, Europe, USA and Australia.

Commissions (mural painting and book illustrations)

2007 Safmarine (4 paintings), Cape Town.
2005-2004: Pentecostal Rapha Mission (mural painting).
2004 Cape Span. Protea Hotel, Sea Point, Cape Town.
1998 Puleng and the Pumpkin, children’s book (book illustration). Hair, children’s book (book illustration). Truworths’ Millenium Calendar (two linoprints).
1997 True Love at Last-Ginwala Dowling. No More Stars in my Roof-Ginwala Dowling (book illustration). The Original Natural Living Diary (illustration).
1996 Robben Island Museum, Cape Town. District Museum, Cape Town. Department of Health, Cape Town. Mural painting, Mayibuye Centre, University of Western Cape. The Black Sash Trust Annual Report (Book cover illustration). Day by Day-English Pupils’ Book 5 M. Niller Longman (Illustration).
1993-1994: Mural painting (with Tshidi Sefako and Xolile Mtakatya), Nico Malan Opera House.
1991 Transitions, mural project (with members of Hard-Ground Printmakers Workshop), Baxter Gallery.
1990 4 mural paintings with other artists, Zabalaza Festival, London.
1989 Mural painting with other artists, Community House, Salt River, Cape Town.

Publications (books, magazines and catalogues)

2008 SA Art Times, issue 11 vol. 3, November.
2006 Mario Pissarra, Botaki: Exhibition 4, Conversations with Tyrone Appollis, Old Mutual Asset Managers, Cape Town (exhibition catalogue).
2005 Mario Pissarra, Botaki: Exhibition 3, Conversations with Donovan Ward, OMAM, Cape Town. Marion Pissarra, Botaki: Exhibition 2, Conversations with Sophie Peters, OMAM, Cape Town (exhibition catalogue).
2004 Sophie Perryer (ed.), 10 years 100 artists: Art in a Democratic South Africa, Bell Roberts Publishing, Cape Town. Renaissance Printmakers Exhibition, Cape Gallery (exhibition catalogue). Die Burger, October 1, p7.
1999 R Christian, The Hourglass Project-A Women’s Vision, Fulton Country Arts Council, Atlanta, USA (exhibition catalogue).
1998 Marie Caire Magazine. Stern Magazine (Germany).
1997 Emma Bedford (ed.), A Decade of Democracy: South African Art 1994-2004, Double Storey Books, Cape Town. E Rankin & P Hobbs, Printmaking in a Transforming South Africa, David Phillip Publishers, Cape Town. “Contemporary South African Art 1985-1995″, Third Text, vol 11 issue 39, pp 95-103.
1994 Sarie Magazine.
1993 Femina Magazine.
1992 A Oliphant (ed.), Culture and Empowerment: Debates, Workshops, Art and Photography from Zabalaza Festival, Staffrider, vol 10 no 3, Cosaw Publishing, Johannesburg.


Numerous awards for book illustrations. OtherHas taught art to children since 1987 (including for Sakhile Childrens Art Project, Community Arts Project and the Visual Arts Group.

Conversations with Sophie Peters [essay for exhibition catalogue]

This essay featured in the catalogue for Botaki Exhibition 3: Conversations with Sophie Peters, an exhibition curated by Mario Pissarra for Old Mutual Asset Managers, Cape Town , 2005 


Sophie Die Heldersiende KunstenaarDalena Van Jaarveld Kuier. 25 November 2009

Beyond Borders. Voyage Ensemble Sipho Velaphi & Linda Nkosi Ngwenya. Rootz. 2007

A cry from the heart: Sophie Peters

Her days are numbered Sanlam Exhibition

Black Artists Exhibit:Truth,reconciliation in art Lloyd Pollak. Cape Times. 29 September 1999

Breek of baas
Marie Claire. June 1997

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Resolute Sophie Fulfills her dream The Argus. 14 June 1995

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Life’s experiences as art Gareth Van Blerk. June 1995

Life and art: Sophie’s choice Shannon Neill. South Side 9. April 1994

Sophie Skets’wat sy voel’ Shireen Adams. Metro- Burger. Dongerdag. 25 November 1993

Sophie Peters. Group Show


“Voyage Ensemble, A Journey Together” , Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town 2007. Exhibition booklet.


“voyage ensemble, a journey together” , scalabrini centre, cape town 2006


Manfred Zylla

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

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

Work created for various Handicap International campaigns

Art Education

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

Exhibitions (solo)

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

Group Exhibitions (South Africa)

2020:  Cafe Ganesh, Observatory, Cape Town.
2016:  Beyond Binaries, Essence Festival, Durban.
2015:  Co-Existence part II – Manfred Zylla, Garth Erasmus and Antonin Mares, Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town (Click here for opening remarks).
2015:  Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town.
2015:  Breaking Surface, Galerie NOKO, Port Elizabeth.
2015:  The Industrial Karoo - Fear and Loss, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria.
2014:  The Industrial Karoo - Fear and Loss, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein.
2014:  The Trouble With Memory, Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town.
2013:  Crossing the Divide, ErdmannContemporary, Cape Town, South Africa
2013:  Re-Drawn Conclusion, ErdmannContemporary, Cape Town
2008:  Painful Earth, Gallery Momo, Johannesburg.
2007:  Artseasons, Franchhoek. 
2007: Riempie Vasmaak (with Garth Erasmus & Roderick Sauls), Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town.
1985:  Art for Peace, Baxter Theatre Gallery (organised by End Conscription Campaign).
1984  (With Paul Grendon), South African Association of Art, Cape Town.
1980:  Biennale, Cape Town.

Group Exhibitions (International)

2015:  Beijing Biennale, Beijing, China.
2014:  The Secret Garden, Museo di Villa Vecchia, Rome, Italy.
2014:  Twenty: Contemporary South African Art, The Appalachian State University, North Carolina, USA.
2013:  Zylla & Erasmus, EineWeltHaus, Munich, Germany.
2009: (with Garth Erasmus) Fernwarme Kapstadt, BBK Ulm, Germany. Havanna Biennale, Cuba.
1997-2000: Various exhibitions with Handicap International in Munich, Berlin and Augsburg. Designed the Handicap Bus Exhibitions with Sans Papiers.
1993: Art Against Racism, Dritte Welt Cafe, Munich.
1989: South African Anti-Apartheid Festival, Amsterdam.
1987: South African Conference on Literature, Bad Boll, Germany.
1986: 120 Hours Action, Kunstakademie, Munich.
1983: Krieg und Frieden, Bremen, Germany.
1982: Culture and Resistance, Gaberone, Botswana.
1965: Anti-Vietnam War, travelling exhibition through Germany (organised by Workers Union).
1964: Socialistic Realism (from West and East Germany), Augsburg, Germany.
1961: Junge Westen, Recklinghausen, Germany.
1960-1962: Spring and Autumn Exhibition, Artists’ Union, Augsburg, Germany.


2010: As Is (with Garth Erasmus, Roderick Sauls and Niklas Zimmer), Breytenbachsentrum, Wellington.
2002: (With Charles Bhebe) Mural at Eine Welt Haus, Muenchen. Revised in 2009 (with Garth Erasmus).Numerous performances as a musician.
2002: Voices in Transit, drawings of refugees at Cape Town train station for Cape Town Festival.
1992: Stand Up For Tolerance, billboard action paintings, Muenchen.
1991: Ozone, billboard action paintings, Muenchen.
1990: Puzzle Action (organised by South African Scholarship Fund), Tuebingen, Germany.
1982: Interaction, CAP, Cape Town.Other experience
1961-1970: Worked as a lithographer in various parts of Germany, landscape painter and print maker, mainly in the medium of wood.
1974 -1985: Worked as a lithographer and educator at Hirt and Carter in Cape Town.
1981- 1986: Teacher and organizer at the Community Arts Project, Cape Town.
1981- 1984 Taught photographic image in print making at Michaelis School of Fine Art.

Publications (Books, newspapers, journals)

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

Private Collections

England, Switzerland, Germany, America, South Africa.


Maurice Mbikayi

b. Kinshasa, 1974. Lives in Cape Town

Displaying a bold design sensibility Mbikayi skillfully integrates found materials and political themes, producing works that are fresh and startling.

Arts Education

2009 Photography, Vega Photography School, Cape Town
2000 Graphic Design and Visual Communication, Institut des Beaux-Arts, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
1994 Diploma in Fine Art, Institut des Beaux-Arts, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Exhibitions (solo)

2011 Notre Peau, Association for Visual Arts; Centre for African Studies Gallery, University of Cape Town, Cape Town; Villa Arcadia, Hollard Campus, Parktown, Johannesburg
2010 Echoes, Alliance Francaise, Cape Town
2007 Maurice Mbikayi, The Framery Gallery, Sea Point, Cape Town

Exhibitions (group)

2010 Amani Festival, LookOut Hill, Khayelitsha, Cape Town
2009 Artreach in progress, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town
2008 Soul of Africa, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Johannesburg. The art of determination, Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA), National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
2007 Human Rights Day, Iziko Slave Lodge, Cape Town. Reconcilliation Day, Iziko Slave Lodge, Cape Town. Blank Projects, Woodstock, Cape Town. Sanlam Gallery, Baxter Theatre, Cape Town. X-Cape Circuit, Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town
2006 A Response to Picasso and Africa, Alliance Francaise, Cape Town. A journey together, voyage ensemble, Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town. Portrait, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town. The Framery Gallery, Sea Point


2010 Voices (performance), Spier Contemporary 2010, City Hall, Cape Town. Distant relationships (performance), Mullineux Wine Cellar, Riebeek Kasteel, Cape Town Healing (performance), Festival of cultural diversity, Khayelitsha, Cape Town
2008 Talking Heads, video performance with Magdelena Kunz and Daniel Glaser, Pro Helvetia Swizz Council, Cape Town


The Development Bank of South Africa, Midrand. Hollard Corporate, Johannesburg


2011 Business Art South Africa, July 27, p. 6. SA Art Times, February, p. 28. What’s on in Cape Town, Mail and Guardian, January 28 to February 3, p. 3. Cape Times, January 21
2010 Ruth Simbao, Cosmolocalism: The audacity of place, CCA Lagos Newsletter, no. 10, September-December. Jay Pather (ed.), Spier Contemporary 2010, Africa Center, Cape Town
2010 Sean O’Toole, Parting shot, Sunday Times, March 28. Art South Africa, Winter, vol. 8, issue 4
2007 Andrew Mulenga, Artistically brushing out xenophobia in SA, Weekend Post, November 30


2010-2011 The Hollard Creative Exchange Programme, Cape Town and Johannesburg
2007 Best group proposal, Table Mountain Cable Way Station Award


2010 Up and Down (with Steve Bandoma), research project from 2010 Reasons to live in small town, VANSA, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Performance Arts Workshop – Spier Contemporary, Hidding Hall, University of Cape Town.
2010 Portrait, a film documentary for Red Cross Exchange programme, Cape Town. Stroke of genius, workshop facilitator, Bien Donnee Mannor farm, Department of Sport and Cultural Affairs, Department of Trade and Industry, Cape Town
2009 Art therapy workshop for adolecents and elderly, CWD Trauma and Healing Project, Delft, Cape Town
2009 Art therapy workshop for women with HIV/AIDS, CWD Trauma and Healing Project, Delft, Cape Town
2009 Art therapy workshop for children, Lawrence House Shelter, Woodstock, Cape Town
2007 Educational youth programmes (with Kathy Coates), a series of mixed media installations, Iziko South African National Gallery, Annexe, Cape Town. The art of dessent, a film documentary with Lionel Davis, Jonathan Zapiro, Ruth Carneson, Cape Town
2006-2007 Multimediations, Cape Africa Platform (with City Varsity), Cape Town
2006 Facilitator, Art therapy workshop for refugee women and children, Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town


A Creative Exchange

Getting under our skinSuzy Bell, Cape Times January 21, 2011

Maurice Mbikayi Art South Africa 2011

Maurice Mbikayi: The Creative Exchange

“Voyage Ensemble, A Journey Together” , Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town 2007. Exhibition booklet.

“Voyage Ensemble, A Journey Together” , Scalabrini Centre, Cape Town 2006