French painter, sculptor, photographer, film maker, writer and installation artist of Algerian birth. Born to Spanish parents, he was much affected by North African as well as Southern European culture. He trained at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Le Havre. Despite a pervasive and diverse use of media, Alberola often stressed the coexistence of his different artistic practices as leading to painting alone. His paintings relied heavily on evocative narratives, at once personal and ‘historical’. Alberola conceived of his role as a storyteller, on the model of African oral cultures. Convinced that narratives could not be renewed, he argued that a painter’s main task was to reactivate his work through contact with his pictorial heritage. The main points of reference for his paintings of the early 1980s were Velázquez, Manet or Matisse, whose works he quoted in a personal way. In the early 1980s he undertook a series of paintings inspired by mythological subjects, which he combined with his own history as the principal subject-matter of his work. The biblical story of Susannah and the Elders as well as the Greek myth of Actaeon provided his most enduring subjects, both referring to the act of looking as taboo, as in ...
South African, 20th–21st century, female.
Born 1959, in Johannesburg.
Photomontage artist, sculptor of assemblages, installation artist.
Jane Alexander completed a Master of Arts in Fine Art at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, in 1988. She has been professor at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, since ...
South African, 20th–21st century, male.
Born 1956, in Kitwe, Zambia.
Painter, sculptor, printmaker, video artist, land artist, watercolourist, curator.
Clive van den Berg came to South Africa in 1966, and trained at the University of Natal. He taught fine arts at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg ...
South African, 20th–21st century, male.
Born 28 April 1955, in Johannesburg.
Draughtsman, engraver, graphic designer, film producer, sculptor, theatre and opera designer and producer. Multimedia, animated films.
Although William Kentridge has practised his creativity in many domains and in a wide range of media (animated films, land art, sculpture, printmaking, theatre and opera design and production, installations), it is chiefly his large-scale charcoal drawings in process (drawing for animation) and his unique, short, animated films and their projection that have given him international fame....
Russian, 20th – 21st century, male.
Born 12 October 1969, in Leningrad, USSR (now St Petersburg, Russia). Died 16 March 2013, in Bali, Indonesia.
Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe was a Russian photographer, and video and performance artist, who was best known for his impersonation of celebrities, such as Marilyn Monroe, Vladimir Putin, Queen Elizabeth II, and Adolf Hitler. While he received a more traditional art education as a child in the 1980s in Leningrad, Mamyshev-Monroe quickly rose to fame in the late 1980s and early 1990s thanks to his provocative and eccentric cross-dressing. From ...
Andrew Cross and Mary Chou
British sculptor, painter and installation artist. Born to Nigerian parents, he grew up in Nigeria before returning to England to study Fine Art in London at Byam Shaw School of Art and Goldsmiths’ College where he completed his MFA. Shonibare’s West African heritage has been at the heart of his work since he started exhibiting in ...
South African, 20th – 21st century, female.
Active in Cape Town.
Born 1974, in Cape Town.
Sculptor, engraver, installation artist, video artist.
Doreen Southwood graduated from the university of Stellenbosch in 1998. She creates three-dimensional installations based on the autobiographical themes of mental illness, obsession and the quest for identity among South African women. In ...
(b Kaduna, Aug 15, 1967). Nigerian multimedia artist, active in the USA. Tuggar studied in London before receiving her BFA from Kansas City Art Institute. She completed her MFA at Yale University. Tuggar’s work has been seen as central to the ‘Afro-Futurist’ style and theoretical impulse that gained currency in the mid-1990s as well as to a revitalized and globalized feminist discourse. Afro-futurism denotes the use of the historical past in conjunction with technological innovation to produce aesthetic explorations of the future, fantasy, and possibility for African cultures writ large....