The 77-year-old artist spoke to ART AFRICA in an all-encompassing conversation that touched on his origins as an artist, his favourite materials and the state of contemporary art in South Africa today
I think my story is special. I have the role to break boundaries and connect more people, especially here in Nigeria.
Visual artists are swapping gallery exhibitions and showcases for virtual ones, as most of the world remains on lockdown.
Adejoke Tugbiyele (b.1977, New York, USA) is an award-winning, queer, black artist. Her work often comments on human rights issues around the world, and her own identity as a queer woman of Nigerian descent. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York where she continues to make artwork and engage in advocacy projects.
All sculptors are invited to submit applications and proposals to participate in the fourth installment of SculptX, the largest annual sculpture fair in South Africa.
The streets of Gomora might be littered with trash but Ndabuko Ntuli is turning it all into works of art.
The late icon of African spirituality and heritage, Credo Mutwa, had incredible knowledge about Africa and earned respect among international scholars and writers. This is according to historian and sculptor Pitika Ntuli, who paid tribute to Mutwa yesterday.
STELLENBOSCH, South Africa — For tourists, this prim colonial town is the gateway to a spectacular mountain region dotted with wine estates. To most South Africans, however, it is the redoubt of the Afrikaner elite, a Calvinist town whose university trained the framers of apartheid and where banking billionaires roost today. In a land that is sharply unequal despite 26 years of democracy, money and whiteness feel especially concentrated here.
DUBAI: Despite the Art Dubai’s Residents exhibition forced to halt due to safety precautions during the international coronavirus pandemic, six artists from around the world were already hard at work on their new creations before the strict measures came into force in the UAE.
Thinking and writing about Dr Esther Mahlangu’s work may finally catch up with the quality of her 75-year long contribution to the modern art of painting. Dr Mahlangu’s image and success as a promoter of the arts and heritage of painting as practised by her people and community, Amandebele has often trumped critical appraisal of her work as a painter. This is in part because she has never failed to or seemed to mind submitting to the demands of the industry of appearing. In fact, she has always stood out as quietly in charge of her own agency in the glare of it all. This has led to her spectacle as an elderly African woman in an exotic dress being foregrounded above her individual ideas as an artist. Her art is too often handled in this language of curios and commercially adopted traditional cultural artefacts.
Selected artworks are displayed from Oliewenhuis Art Museum’s Permanent Collection to contemplate and converse on themes associated with gender, identity, mysticism and land discourses. Some of South Africa’s most prominent artists’ work such as Mam Noria Mabasa, Helen Sebidi, William Kentridge, Nandipha Mntambo, Diane Victor, Christiaan Diedericks and Judith Mason are on view on the first floor of Oliewenhuis Art Museum to convey this narrative.
May introduced the theme by posing a multifaceted question to the audience and panellists: What does the ideal future of fashion look like?Erica De Greef, the co-director of the African Fashion Research Institute (AFRI), kicked off the panel by sharing a story about the world-famous South African designer, Thebe Magugu. When Magugu was still a design student at Lisof, he wrote an essay evaluating Africa’s contribution to global fashion. His essay was awarded a 100% mark, an almost unheard of achievement in his Design Theory class, according to De Greef who was the lecturer at the time. Eight years later, Magugu was showcasing at Paris Fashion Week, exporting his African design aesthetic and perceptive sensibility to the world.
While artists outside the formal training environment, most often, carry the burden of proving their worth by rendering portraitures in realism form, Edozie Anedu differs. Apart from daring to go into their primitivism and highly stylised representational art, Anedu injects quite a depth of critical thematic contents into his strokes. Quietly, his works on canvas and mixed media of discarded materials were shown in a solo titled, Mistakes I Chose to Keep, a few weeks ago, at a workstation space on Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
There is still a lot to do in the gender gap in the art world. With “31: Women” Daimler Contemporary in Berlin shows only artists from their collection. During the Second World War, Marcel Duchamp and Peggy Guggenheim often discussed women in art. In 1943, the question of whether these would still be subject to the roles of lovers or muses led to lengthy discussions and an exhibition in which the two exclusively showed artists. With “Exhibition by 31 Women ”,Guggenheim and Duchamp wanted to contradict the tendencies of surrealism, in which women were considered inspiration, but received little recognition as an independent artist. Clink to Read More Feature image: "Cycles and Cyclones" by Nnenna Okore and the "Musician" by Adejoke Tugbiyele Photo: Hans-Georg Gau
Watch Philiswa Lila give us her take on the future of visual arts and a new generation of trail-blazing African artists. Discover what her art is made of and visit the Absa Gallery from until 6 March 2020. Click the link for more info https://www.absa.africa/absaafrica/ab...
When it comes to Philiswa Lila’s exhibition Skin, Bone, Fire, a virtual experience is not quite the same as being in a room with the art
Rolls-Royce’s flagship, Phantom, has an interior space that spans the dash facia and is enclosed by a sheet of glass. Called the Gallery, this unprecedented feature allows owners to commission and display, within their Phantom, personal works of art. Positioned front and centre, the Gallery becomes a focal point for Phantom’s interior. Dr Esther Mahlangu, the globally celebrated SA artist, has been commissioned by a local Rolls-Royce patron to create a work of art for the Gallery of a one-of-a-kind Phantom. The car has been named “The Mahlangu Phantom” in the artist’s honour.
DR. ESTHER MAHLANGU. (PHOTO:GETTY IMAGES/GALLO IMAGES) Cape Town - Acclaimed artist, Dr Esther Mahlangu topped the trends list on Twitter on Wednesday evening after becoming the first South African to have her artwork displayed on a customised Rolls Royce Phantom.
Dr. Esther Mahlangu, the globally celebrated South African artist, has been commissioned by a South African patron of Rolls-Royce to create a unique work of art for the Gallery of a one-of-a-kind Rolls-Royce Phantom. Dr. Mahlangu, the visual artist from the Ndebele region and respected South African cultural ambassador, becomes the first South African artist to create an artwork for Phantom’s Gallery. This unique motor car is named, ‘The Mahlangu Phantom’ in the artist’s honour.
Ndebele artist Esther Mahlangu has had her distinctive artwork displayed on a customised Rolls Royce Phantom. The 84-year-old self-taught artist is known for her bold, large-scale works. She first painted her geometric patterns on a BMW in 1991.
At the same time that contemporary African art is packaged up with the glitz and glamour of Cape Town Art Fair and sparkly new museums like Zetiz MOCAA and the Norval Foundation, something very different is being inaugurated just outside the city limits. The Stellenbosch Triennale, an ambitious, multi-layered, multi-disciplinary exhibition across several locations around the small city. Funding from a sum of individual investors and businesses in Stellenbosch allows it to be free and open to the public. There is a film festival, a performance art festival, an interactive online educational platform for young learners, a talks programme, and musical interventions throughout the city... Click to continue reading
The Stellenbosch Triennale, brainchild of the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust, takes place from February 11 to April 30, 2020 in a location renowned for its halls of academia and historical vineyards. The upcoming international showcase, extraordinary in terms of international reach and extent of art on show, will place creativity in critical dialogue with the society that fosters and exhibits it... Click to continue reading
A plastic graduate and trained in Kinshasa, Aza Mansongi produces a deep artistic work focusing on her commitment to awareness. She tells us about her journey and the concept behind her creations.
The Melrose Gallery will be presenting a solo exhibition by Dr Esther Mahlangu on the Past/ Modern Section at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair.From the 14th – 16th of February 2020, the 8th edition of Investec Cape Town Art Fair (ICTAF) will return to the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). The exhibition will present a timeline of Dr Mahlangu’s impressive achievements in the 74 years in which she has been practising her art. Guests to the fair will be able to view one of the few large scale panel paintings that she has created that measures 3,6m x 2,4m, similar to the one that was recently commissioned by Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys for the Dean Collection. A unique installation of smaller works presenting different symbols used by her over the years to create the paintings for which she has won global acclaim will also be on display. For more information follow the link below: https://www.investeccapetownartfair.co.za/exhibitors/
Ronald Muchatuta will be participating in the inaugural Stellenbosch Triennale which takes place from 11 Feb to 30 April 2020. Ronald will be presenting a body of powerful new works in the ‘curated section’ of the Triennale.
RMH commissioned sculptor Ndabuko Ntuli to create an artwork referencing its lion and key motif in his own way.
Sir Richard finally came face to face with himself at an Investec Business conference! 10 years after his painting had been completed!
They say one man's trash is another man's treasure. This is an environmental reality in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg. Visual artist Ndabuko Ntuli has roamed the streets collecting waste plastic and discarded objects. He uses the material to create 3-Dimensional art. Some of his pieces have been sold across the world.
Denis Mubiru’s work explores the complex yet practical Kampala mini bus taxis, better known locally as “Kamunye”.
Lecture and Book Signing with Paul Weinberg, Photographer For nearly three decades, Paul Weinberg has traveled to Namibia, Botswana and South Africa to document the lives of hunter-gatherer communities, the San (Africa’s first people) and their struggles to hang on to their land, culture, and values, as they faced serious threats by outside settlers. Weinberg will discuss his book Traces and Tracks (Jacana Media 2017), the culmination of his thirty-year journey, featuring essays and over 100 photographs that convey the modern-day San’s daily lives, their relationship to nature, game parks, and their ways of adjusting to a fast-changing world.
Professor Sandra Klopper discusses Willie Bester's Poverty Driven (2002).
JOBURG – The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture honours sculptor Noria Mabasa with a launch of a book about her journey.
Gideon Appah’s Love Letters, a series of figurative paintings, brings the artist’s memory and personal history into the gallery space. Using his family’s photography album as a memory jogger, Appah’s paintings retain the expressive pose that is associated with the Ghanaian studio photograph and its baggage of myth-making.
South African artist Esther Mahlangu, poses at her home in Mabhoko Village, Siyabuswa, Mpumalanga on March 6, 2017. Image: AFP PHOTO / GULSHAN KHAN (Photo credit should read GULSHAN KHAN/AFP/Getty Images) To mark national Women’s Month, a book that celebrates the life of legendary South African visual artists Noria Mabasa and Esther Mahlangu will be launched on Thursday. The launch, a concept of the department of arts & culture, is scheduled to take place at Constitution Hill under the theme 25 Years of Democracy – Growing South Africa Together for Women’s Emancipation...Click to continue reading
About five years ago, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art determined that only 11 percent of the artists with works in its collection — those identified by name, as opposed to anonymous traditional artisans — were women. The museum then embarked on an ambitious push to acquire more work by women, doubling its holdings by female artists to 22 percent today.
It exhibits the work of two of South Africa's most renowned photographers, David Goldblatt and Peter Magubane, side-by-side.
The artist's 50th solo exhibition, 'In Search of a New King', is a call for our country to heal
After creating a body of work with over fifty pieces, respected contemporary artist Christiaan Diedericks sits down with Masego Panyane to chat about his latest exhibition, "In Search of a New King," that will be on at the Melrose Gallery from May 10 to June 9. He shares his thoughts on the state of contemporary arts and his feelings on it, the exhibition itself and the relationship between the arts and ordinary South Africans.
The Melrose Gallery is proud to present the upcoming solo exhibition by Christiaan Diedericks – In Search Of A New King, to be held between 9 May and 9th June. Diedericks, one of South Africa’s most widely exhibited fine artists and printmakers, both locally and internationally, is known for capturing beauty in poignant, thought-provoking, and often painful themes. Always pushing boundaries politically, socially and religiously, as well as personally, he is as unafraid of laying down his own truth as he is of the worlds…and In Search Of A New King is one of his most personal and indeed, important exhibitions to date.
A beautiful interview with Dr Esther Mahlangu.
The two young Congolese painters from Douala and Kinshasa share the spotlight at the CongoEyes exhibition of the AfricArt gallery, which is held from March 3 to 31 on the Chinese island.
AfricArt Gallery Hong Kong, located at 10 Hoi Pong Street, G/F, Sai Kung, will launch a new exhibition, CongoEYEs, on Saturday 2 March 2019 between 6:00 – 9:00 pm. The exhibition will showcase the artworks from two exciting artists namely Aza Mansongi and Jonathan Vatunga, who have recently joined the gallery family. The launch party will give visitors the opportunity to view the artworks up close and personal. You can register for the launch party by email to email@example.com or calling 2420 1899.
The Melrose Gallery is not at all what you expect it to be – a distinctly Pan African gallery space tucked away within the up-market Melrose Arch precinct. Representing acclaimed artists of the likes of Dr EstherMahlangu and Willie Bester, The Melrose Gallery is at the forefront of the exhibiting Pan African contemporary art scene. Visit them as soon as you can!
Calls have been growing in Africa for the restitution of its cultural treasures, but French law strictly forbids the government from giving up state property. This issue was put in the spotlight in 2016 when President Patric Talon of Benin asked France to return items including carvings sceptres and sacred doors from the Palaces of Abomey. Now, experts appointed by President Emmanuel Macron will advise him to allow the return of thousands of African artworks held in French museums. This is seen as a radical shift in policy which could put pressure on other former colonial powers. To discuss this further, I'm joined by cultural expert Professor Pitika Ntuli.
Zimbabwe-born contemporary artist Ronald Muchatuta, who specialises in drawing, painting and mosaic, relocated to SA in 2007 to pursue a new future and now lives in Cape Town.
Scattered across the African bush the Feso hides amongst the grasses and only reveals it’s presence through unexpected pain when stepping directly onto it. Translated from Shona, Feso means “The Devils Thorn"; named for its two distinct horn-like protrusions and it’s sly, ambush-like tactics. Zimbabwean artist Ronald Muchatuta and Congolese artist Patrick Bongoy have come to regard Colonialism as an emotional Feso embedded in the psyche of African people across the continent.
ECONOMIC and emotional instability, the disunity among Africans and the loss of sense of self are some of the symptoms of a colonial babalaas that most black people suffer from today in Africa. Artists Ronald Muchatuta and Patrick Bongoy are addressing this monkey on the back of Africans in their exhibition, Feso A Thorn In The Flesh. Translated from Shona, Feso is a clandestine African plant which reveals itself through unexpected pain when stepping on it.
Here is what she said. "Self-Titled, refers to my name which is loosely translated as “Be Healed”. Healing is taken from “Indigenous” thinkers, doers and leaders in African knowledge and understanding.
Mthatha-born fine artist Philiswa Lila is to spend three months at a top French studio after winning the Gerard Sekoto Award recently. Lila won the award for her imaginative sculpture, Self-Titled. The 30-year-old described her creation as part of a series of other sculptures. The award is given annually to a talented emerging artist from South Africa through the Absa L’Atelier Art competition. It is supported by the French Institute of South Africa, the French embassy in South Africa and the Alliance Française network of South Africa... Click to continue reading
MELROSE ARCH – The Quantum People statue is unveiled in celebration of Steve Biko’s life. Crowds gathered at Melrose Arch to watch as acclaimed South African sculptor and poet Pitika Ntuli unveiled his 19-ton Quantum People sculpture made out of granite and metal chains inspired by the African Union’s Agenda for 2063.
This artwork is based on the concept of self. Self is the working relationship that touches on a number of concerns that pertain to visibility, belonging, location, knowledge & understanding. Self-titled refers to my name which is loosely translated as “be healed”.
Pitika Ntuli's 'Quantum People' SABC Feature
The Melrose Gallery is proud to announce that the third instalment of SculptX, the largest annual sculpturefair in South Africa, will run from 30 August to 29 September at Melrose Arch.
Meet the Ghanaian Talent Heating Up Africa's Contemporary Art Scene As interest in contemporary African art balloons, Gideon Appah's absorbing, atmospheric work has helped put Accra’s art scene on the map.
– We want to fly but we need a Moroka An emboldened Ronald Muchatuta has crafted the largest single work he has ever put together. The ambitious mixed media artwork which is rendered in oil pastel, acrylic, mosaic and collage consists of sixty square panels of 50cm x 50cm each. The entire work covers three metres in height and five metres in length.
One of South Africa's most talented artists and academics, Professor Pitika Ntuli, will probably be the only sad person on Wednesday while the world smiles and rejoices over the 100 year mark since the birth of Nelson Mandela.
Curated by Paul WeinbergOn Common Ground marks an historic moment as the work of two of South Africa’s most renowned photographers, David Goldblatt and Peter Magubane, are to be exhibited side-by-side for the first time.With both photographers, this is a poignant moment to reflect on their respective legacies.
The Brooklyn Museum in New York has announced that it has added works by ninety-six female artists to its collection. The pieces were acquired in conjunction with the institution’s recent series of programming celebrating women. “A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum” marked the tenth anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.
Ndabuko Ntuli Solo exhibition @ The Melrose Gallery
Ndabuko Ntuli @ The Melrose Gallery
A self-taught South African artist is showcasing his work at one of Johannesburg's most upmarket galleries. Ndabuko Ntuli recycles building materials and waste to create unique sculptures. And his art is attracting buyers from around the world. CGTN's Julie Scheier has more.
The launch of Ndabuko Ntuli’s solo exhibition at The Melrose Gallery, Johannesburg on 17 May 2018 was nothing short of mind blowing. The entire exhibition only features works created using trash (no not men) by crafting conceptually driven pieces using materials such as plastic, tin, bone, wood and other discarded materials in truly spectacular style.
The Ghanaian artist recently showed "Memoirs Through Pokua's Window" at the New York edition of 1-54.
Artist and traditional healer, Ndabuko Ntuli, has a solo exhibition opening at The Melrose Gallery in Johannesburg from next week, 18th May.
Memoirs through Pokua's Window is a new series of works by Gideon Appah in response to his upbringing within an extended Ghanaian family. He recalls his grandparents, aunts, and uncles who are characterized by strong family bonds, religious activities, and folklore.
Dr Esther Mahlangu honoured with a doctorate
A sculpture depicting Sarah Baartman, created by artist Willie Bester, has been on display at UCT for 12 years – and twice in this period was robed by students as a means of protest.
This coming month, artist and visual activist SaySay.Love will reveal his much acclaimed body of work, ‘The Gift of Water: Chapter III’ to Johannesburg audiences at a charity event. The body of work seeks to grow awareness of the water crisis facing the Western Cape and highlights the precious resource that connects every aspect of life and cannot be taken for granted.
Consul General Thulisile Mathula Nkosi hosted fourteen renowned South African artists debuting at the Harlem Fine Arts Show “Color Me Africa” Art Exhibition and Sale this weekend in Harlem, New York. The Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS) Tour will take place from 15 – 18 February 2018 at the historic Riverside Drive Church, 91 Claremont Avenue (between 120th and 121st Streets) New York, NY 10027. The weekend schedule includes an ongoing Art Exhibition and Sale; Youth Empowerment Day; Health Fair and three special evenings.
Second Street Gallery is pleased to present "Language of the Heart", an exhibition featuring the work of Adejoke Tugbiyele and curated by Kristen ...
Aza was born 13 June 1980 in Kinshasha (Democratic Republic of Congo). She currently lives and works in Doula/ Cameroon. She is a talented visual artist who works in different genre including painting, sculpture, installations and video.
Heart of Motion had the rare opportunity to interview local and international art designer Esther Mahlangu. Renowned for being the first female to ...
One of South Africa's most iconic anti-apartheid artists, Willie Bester is exhibiting a solo exhibition after eight years. Bester is known the world over for his powerful artworks made from mixed media, scrap metal and objects collected from scrap yards. CGTN's Julie Scheier met up with the artist in Johannesburg and filed this report.
“I am so glad that BMW brought my art back to South Africa, it is a beautiful car to be shared with the people of South Africa for many years to come,” says Esther Mahlangu. “The patterns I have used on the BMW panels marry tradition to the essence of BMW. When BMW sent me the panels to paint, I could see the design in my head and I just wanted to get started! I started by painting the small ones first to get the feel of the surface and then it was easy as the design follows the lines of the panels,” she adds.
Artists and historian Prof. Pitika Ntuli reflects on the role of royal households in South Africa. Artists and historian Prof. Pitika Ntuli maintains that royal households have an important role to play in the preservation of culture and heritage.
Denis Mubiru’s work explores the complex yet practical Kampala mini bus taxis, better known locally as ‘kamunye’. He uses playful, abstract, naïve paintings and imagery to retell the interesting and exciting dramas that unfold within the taxi; petty arguments, flirting and wolokoso (local gossip) that reflect on the society of Kampala and Uganda at large.
Denis Mubiru’s work explores the complex yet practical Kampala mini bus taxis, better known locally as “Kamunye”.
The African Art Centre in Durban asks some serious questions about African identity this month. The theme for 2017 is 'OR Tambo: Building a Better Africa and a Better World'.
When Port Shepstone photographer Clint Strydom started spending time at the No4 Prison at the Old Fort on Constitution Hill about six months ago, somebody suggested that he spend a night in one of the cells.
BBC News Africa - Zimbabwe's artist Ronald Muchatuta talks...
Esther Mahlangu x Nelson Mandela meet in Art Tribute
Meet 81-year-old Esther Mahlangu, South African painter keeping Ndebele culture alive through her art and dress.
Art serves as my voice, so I talk with things that I pick up and collect.’ Willie Bester (b. 1956)
We visited Ronald Muchatuta in his studio at Greatmore Studios, Cape Town. In this short video Ronald dicusses his use of the China bag pattern in his paintings.
Kaya Fm visits The Melrose Gallery for their annual Sculpt Fair exhibition for 2017. Graced by the presence of professor Pitika Ntuli, they featured art by artists such as, Kennedy Ngwashisha, Lindelani and more.
Esther Mahlangu, born in 1935 on a farm outside Middleburg, was the first of nine children - six boys and three girls. Following traditions ...
The Creators Project gets exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the cross-country U.S. tour of renowned South African artist Esther Mahlangu.
Vernissage de l'Artiste AZA MANSONGI et Inauguration de la Galérie BOLO L'ESPACE ART ET CULTURE.Avis d'expert de Edith MBELLA Responsable de la Galérie et Experte en Arts Rituels d'Afrique Centrale.
Can war be beautiful? It was undoubtedly an art of sublime elegance for the Zulu nation in the 19th century, when they used some of the most precise military manoeuvres ever planned to massacre an entire British army.
ART AFRICA spoke to South African artist Paul Blomkamp about his latest body of work, ‘Quanta,’ which will be on show at Objekt | Design | Art (ODA), Franschhoek from the 21 October – 19 November 2016. Here Blomkamp takes us through his history and working process, placing light and the ‘electrical essence’ of quantum science at the forefront of his practice.
“My work offers me the freedom to be myself without social conditioning,” she says. “In it, I search for something bigger and more meaningful than myself.” In grappling with colour, line, tone, textures and the complex sensations they evoke for her, Regi is always surprised as images begin to appear out of the pouring, scratching, drawing, a methodology she uses based on gut instinct and passion. The layering of thought and possibility in Regi’s work blend a deep realization of spiritual evocations and physical existence, much of which is not on an articulate level, but operates with intuitive response.
South African artist designs unique interior of the BMW luxury sedan. Learn more: http://press.bmwgroup.com/7wNU6
One of the special projects featured in the 2016 edition of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London was a group exhibition commissioned by Nando’s – an international restaurant chain famed for its Afro-Portuguese cuisine – in collaboration with Yellowwoods Art. Nando’s patronage of contemporary African art, through its close partnership with Cape Town based Yellowwoods Art, both enables the development of artists and the curation of Nando’s own art collection. Through Yellowwoods Art, Nando’s have amassed one of the biggest collections of contemporary Southern African art in the world with over 7,300 original works exhibited in their UK restaurants.
Dennis Mubiru is as a visual artist of raw, naive expressionist style that uses poetry, drawing, painting, text and image, abstraction figuration and raw colours. He carefully uses social commentary in his paintings as a springboard to deeper truths about an individual.
Exhibit also reflects on the sigificance of the uprising for the present day
Johannesburg, 10 May 2016 - Pitika Ntuli, a former freedom fighter and political prisoner, has turned to art to honour the apartheid struggle. Four of Ntuli’s sculptures will be auctioned by Stephan Welz & Co this week.
We recently spoke with Ronald Muchatuta, an artist and Zimbawean living in South Africa. We spoke on the social inequalities and history of South Africa and about those that have come into the country in the midst of these issues already not only underlying, but very much bubbling on the surface. It seems with all its anger and fight to reclaim the land, South Africa especially with its poorest inhabitants have shown hostility to those coming to the country in search of refuge.
Spirituality is what fuels the work of Zimbabwean-born artist Ronald Muchatuta. The soft-spoken artist has been working in Cape Town since moving here in 2007, but it has not been easy. Working independently as an artist and being from Zimbabwe have meant life often is a struggle, but recently the 31-year-old has been finding opportunities in various galleries around Cape Town. It is clear from speaking to Muchatuta that he reflects deeply and philosophically upon all the work he creates.
Fresh off exhibiting at the African Art Fair 2015 in Paris and the United Nations’ Milano Expo, Ronald Muchatuta is now working on his latest body of work which is inspired by the theme of African migration and more specifically the recent xenophobic attacks that transpired in South Africa earlier this year The Cape Town-based, Zimbabwean-born contemporary artist has created a collection of paintings titled The African Immigration Series which deals with the issues of immigration and xenophobia.
Ronald Muchatuta, a Cape Town-based contemporary artist has created a collection of paintings titled The African Immigration Series, which deals with the issues of immigration and xenophobia; a familiar topic to the Zimbabwean-born artist.
Ronald Muchatuta, a Zimbabwean-born contemporary artist currently residing in Cape Town, has been invited to exhibit one of his latest series of paintings titled The Owners of the Lake at the African Art Fair 2015 in Paris from Thursday, 15 October to Sunday, 18 October.
Background to story: Exhaust pipes, chains - some of the material used by black South African sculptor Pitika Ntuli.At present living in exile in London, Pitika does not believe in art for art's sake. Every work he creates must have a message - about the human predicament, and especially about the situation in South Africa.
A car, the wing of an aeroplane, a petrol pump and a canon are not unusual things in themselves, but when you find them in someone’s house it is quite alternative. If it’s the home of artist Willie Bester though, well then it’s all quite normal.
Veteran photographer Paul Weinberg presents 'The Other Camera' - an exhibition featuring archival photographs of Africans taken by Africans. Compiled and published by Mail & Guardian.
A RARE opportunity is on offer at the Artisan Gallery in Durban’s Florida Road as an exhibition of works from internationally renowned artist Carl Roberts is on display.
At the entrance to the Constitutional Court of South Africa stands a sculpture of a large man yoked to a cart. His burden is a human one: a man and woman who themselves are seated on the back of a fourth figure kneeling on the cart. At first glance, the sculpture resonates with the history of servitude that marked the dehumanizing institution of apartheid. On closer reflection, the sculpture reveals a more complex message.
Willie Bester (born 1956) is a South African artist known for his installations made of found objects. Although Sotheby’s once sold one ...
Last week, Stephan Welz & Co opened its brand new Studio space in Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, with the launch of a collection of Aston Martin- inspired photographs created by South African artist Clint Strydom.
Elegy, Christiaan Diedericks' third solo exhibition at the UJ Art Gallery from 4 to 23 September 2013
South African Ndebele artist Esther Mahlangu discusses the early years of her paining practice, her designs and pigments, and the preservation of culture in this talk at VMFA. The conversation includes Esther Mahlangu, Marriam Mahlangu, Grace Masango, and Richard Woodward (Curator of African Art). Ester Mahalangu (South African Ndebele, b. 1935) Ibala leSindebele (Ndebele Design) 2014 Acrylic on linen 2014.224 VMFA
Although he was born in a squatter camp, he never saw himself less capable than others. Pikita Ntuli hustled to get educated, while at the same time, fighting apartheid. Now, he is a leading academic and respected artist.
“There was freedom and democracy was in place. … I found myself in a dark place. It forced me to look at my own healing … I also used the camera to look at the healing that was going on in the country.”
Madiba artwork looking for a home in SA
A brief introduction to some of Pitika Ntuli's spectacular sculptures.
Pitika Scent of Investible Footprints
IN 2001, Clint Strydom – whose art, up until that point, had consisted primarily of charcoal drawings and a short, unsatisfying foray into graphic design (it was “too restrictive”) – photographed a set of cutlery for the menu of the restaurant that he and his wife owned and operated on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast at the time.
This text represent a typed version of a recording documenting Philiswa Lila’s thoughts around the recent art making workshops presented to a group of autistic adults housed at Lethabo Le Khutso, culminating in an exhibition at the Pretoria Art Museum (02 November – 26 November). Great care has been taken to translate the recording verbatim from audio to text. Herein the reader will gather Mme Lila’s ideas around transference of skills as far as visual art is concerned as well as the impact that artists from Lethabo Le Khutso has had on her as a practicing artist. It is also hoped that the reader will come to appreciate the fact that the writing tries to center around the interviewee; so the questions were constructed with economy to provoke undiluted calculated responses. Lastly the text is inclusive of verbal interruptions to retain nuances and mood as the interaction between the interviewer and interviewee develops. Welcome to interparadox, in search of an artist.
Interview featured on the 2010 Show with South African sculptor, Keith Calder
Seeing ourselves - a short film series of South African artists
The ritual and mystical visions of Percy Konqobe and Sfiso Ka Mkame work well together in the Goodman space: both Konqobe's bronze sculptures and Ka Mkame's oil-stick-on-paper works just restrain a sense of darkness beneath their accomplished surfaces.