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-

dimensional artworks.


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

South Africa.



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