Lila Philiswa is a multidisciplinary artist and researcher who won the 2018 Gerard Sekoto
Award and is therefore an ABSA L’Atelier winner. She completed her art residency at
Cite Internationale des Artes in Paris in 2019.
Working within the framework of her isiXhosa culture, Lila creates works that explore
the nuances of language, meaning and the experiences of her own individualism and her
African identity. Drawing from her name ‘Philiswa’, which means to be healed, Lila
works in beads, paint and mixed media to create contemporary two and three-
Lila lectures at the Tshwane University of Technology in Art History and is completing
her Masters in Art History at Rhodes University. She has facilitated numerous
workshops, curated exhibitions, presented papers at several universities in South Africa
and written several reviews for respected publications and entities.
She is currently working on her solo exhibition for the ABSA L’Atelier that is set to tour in