Artist Feature: Nkosinathi Quwe

“My work is concerned with South African politics, social upheavals and the assumed role of a black male in South Africa. It is concerned with the race, class and social conundrum of this country. My work borrows a lot from resistance art- which was an outcry of injustices, police brutality, inequality and inferiority imposed on Africans by the white supremacy regime. The irony now is that, in times of our so called democracy- we still have to deal with police brutality, black against black violence, political bullying and the un-addressed issues concerning the one sidedness of our economy. As a visual artist and a citizen, I am more concerned about the issues affecting the black communities of this country who are mostly disadvantaged in large numbers. Since I am from these black communities, I feel it is my duty to address the ills, injustices and grotesque conditions that the regime prior to 1994 left us in.”

Born: 43 Hintsa Street, Colored Township, Butterworth, Eastern Cape


Background and Training

2001- 2005       B-Tech in Fine Art (Visual Art)

                        Extracurricular Certificate in Arts and Culture Training Course

                        (Duration: One Year)

                        University of Johannesburg

                        Major: Painting


Exhibitions and Festivals

The Bus Factory, Group Exhibition, New Town, Johannesburg, 2004

UJ Gallery, Group Exhibition, Auckland Park, Johannesburg, 2005

Wits Gallery, Group Exhibition- Isilwane: curated by David Bunn, 2007

Gordart Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Melville, Johannesburg, 2007

Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK), Oudtshoorn, 2007



Awarded the Ekurhuleni Art Award in Print Making, 2006.



Archive: Issue No. 96, August 2005- ARTTHROB

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