Selected Works

David Koloane

Shapes From Cityscapes 1, 2013 Mixed Media Work: 130 x 412 cm

David Koloane

Shapes From Cityscapes 2, 2013 Mixed Media 130 x 463 cm

David Koloane

Three Faces, 2005 Acrylic On Canvas 50 x 50 cm

David Koloane

Red Beret, 2016 Acrylic on canvas Work: 170 x 130 x 2.5 cm

David Koloane

New Life, 2016 Acrylic on canvas Work: 100 x 160 x 5 cm

David Koloane

Street Dogs 10, 2005 Acrylic and pastel on paper 70 x 100cm

David Koloane

Mgodoyi 1, 1983 Charcoal and acrylic 91 cm x 63 cm

David Koloane

Birds Landing, 2017 Mixed media on canvas Image: 160 x 120 x 2.5 cm

David Koloane

Procession, 2018 Mixed media on canvas Image: 120 x 170 x 2.5 cm

David Koloane

Brazier, 2016 Mixed media on paper Image: 177 x 85 cm Frame: 208.5 x 116.5 x 4.5 cm

David Koloane

Three Women, 2015 Mixed media on paper Image: 85 x 171 cm Frame: 116.5 x 202 x 4.5 cm

David Koloane

Baptismal, 2018 Mixed media on brown paper Work: 181 x 230 cm

David Koloane

Mgodoy (iii), 1999 Mixed media on paper Work: 56.2 x 76 cm

David Koloane

Conversation , 2009 Etching Work: 44.5 x 53.5 cm Frame: 55.7 x 64.1 cm


David Koloane (1938 – 2019) was born in Alexandra, Johannesburg, South Africa. Koloane spent his career making the world a more hospitable place for black artists during and after apartheid. Koloane achieved this through his pioneering work as an artist, writer, curator, teacher and mentor to young and established artists at a time when such vocations were restricted to white people in South Africa. A large part of this effort involved the initiatives Koloane helped establish, from the first Black Art Gallery in 1977, the Thupelo experimental workshop in 1985 and the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios in 1991, where he served as director for many years. Koloane also tutored at the Federated Union of Black Artists (FUBA) in 1979 and became the head of the fine art section and gallery from 1985 to 1990.

Through his expressive, evocative and poetic artwork, Koloane interrogated the socio-political and existential human condition, using Johannesburg as his primary subject matter. Koloane’s representations of Johannesburg are populated with images of cityscapes, townships, street life, jazz musicians, traffic jams, migration, refugees, dogs, and birds among others. Imaginatively treated, through the medium of painting, drawing, assemblage, printmaking and mixed media, Koloane’s scenes are a blend of exuberant and sombre, discernible and opaque pictorial narratives.

Koloane’s work has been widely exhibited locally and internationally. In 1999 he was part of the group exhibition Liberated Voices at the National Museum of African Art in Washington DC. In 2013, Koloane’s work was shown on the South African pavilion at the 55th la Biennale di Venezia and on the group exhibition My Joburg at La Maison Rouge in Paris. In 1998, the government of the Netherlands honoured Koloane with the Prince Claus Fund Award for his contributions to South African art. Koloane was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate twice, once from Wits University in 2012, and again from Rhodes University in 2015.

Earlier this year Koloane was the subject of a travelling career survey exhibition, A Resilient Visionary: Poetic Expressions of David Koloane, which opened at IZIKO SANG in June and will travel to Standard Bank Gallery and Wits Art Museum in October.


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