David Koloane

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David Nthubu Koloane
Born (1938-06-05)5 June 1938
Alexandra, South Africa
Nationality South African
Known for Drawings, Paintings, Collages

The artist David Nthubu Koloane was born on 5 June 1938 in the township of Alexandra, a suburb of Johannesburg in South Africa. In his drawings, paintings and collages he explores actual questions about political injustice and human rights. Koloane is considered "an influential artist and writer of the apartheid years" in South Africa.[1]


David Koloane was born on 5 June 1938 in the township of Alexandra, a suburb of Johannesburg in South Africa. Already during high school he started being interested in art and doing art in his leisure time when not working to earn money for the family. From 1974 to 1977 Koloane attended art classes at the Bill Ainslie Studios, which later became the Johannesburg Art Foundation. In 1977, Koloane was one of the founding members of the first black gallery in South Africa, located in Johannesburg. His increasing dedication to art led him to start teaching at a high school in a township, first as a part-time job, later full-time. Also in the following years Koloane was very active and committed: in 1982, he co-curated the Culture and Resistance Arts Festival in Botswana, from 1986 to 1988 he was the curator of the Fuba Art Gallery in Johannesburg and in 1990 he co-ordinated and co-curated the Zabalaza Festivals in London, England. Additionally, Koloane studied at the University of London from 1984 to 1985 and received a diploma in museology.

David Koloane's works are part of many collections worldwide, including the collections of the Johannesburg Art Gallery, The Contemporary African Art Collection (CAAC) of Jean Pigozzi, the South African National Gallery in Cape Town and the Botswana National Museum.

Work philosophy[edit]

David Koloane has a wide-ranging work area: as artist, he always connects his own works to respective social controversies; furthermore, he contributed to various catalogues, curated exhibitions, was part of jury boards several times – amongst others in the advisory board of the National Arts Council -, and published many articles both in South Africa and internationally. In 1998, Koloane was honored with a Prince Claus Award for his contribution to the development of art in South Africa.

He states about his work: "My concern in socio-political matters and contributions to the furtherance of disadvantaged black South African artists during and after the apartheid era is evident. My work can be said to reflect the socio-political landscape of South Africa both past and present. The socio political conditions created by the apartheid system of government have to a large extent transfixed the human condition as the axis around which my work evolves. The human figure has become the icon of creative expression".[2]

Exhibitions (selection)[edit]

  • 2004 "The ID of South African Artists", Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2003 Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2002 Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2001 Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2000 Liberated Voices Exhibition, Museum of African Art, New York City
  • 1990 Gallery on the Market, with Michael Zondi, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1990 South African Mural Exhibition, I.C.A. Gallery London, UK
  • 1990 Art from South Africa Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK
  • 1989 African encounter, Dome Gallery, New York City
  • 1989 The Neglected Tradition Exhibition, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1988 Pachipamwe international artists workshop Zimbabwe National Gallery Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1987 Contemporary Black artists Academy Art Gallery, Paris, France
  • 1987 Portraits: UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
  • 1986 Historical perspective of Black South African artists French Alliance, Pretoria, South Africa
  • 1985 Fuba Gallery,Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1985 Gallery 198, London, UK
  • 1984 Stockwell Studio exhibition, London, UK
  • 1982 Art towards social development, National Gallery and Museum, Gaborone, Botswana
  • 1979 Bill Ainslie Studios, Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1979 Gallery 101, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1978 Black Expo ‘78, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1977 The Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1977 Nedbank Gallery Killarney, Johannesburg,South Africa


  • Schamp, Matthias, David Koloane, und Stephan Mann. David Koloane: Arbeiten Auf Papier. Hommage Zum 70. Geburtstag. Kerber Christof Verlag, 2008.
  • Tadjo, Véronique, und David Koloane, David Koloane (David Krut Pub., 2002).
  • Bogatzke, H., R. Brockmann, und C. Ludszuweit. Ondambo: African art forum. Gamsberg Macmillan, 2000. (S. 30–49, S. 174–177)
  • Berman, Esmé. Painting in South Africa. Southern Book Publishers, 1993. (S. 363)
  • Deliss, Clémentine, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Malmö konsthall, und Guggenheim Museum Soho. 7 stories about modern art in Africa. Flammarion, 1995. (S. 140–156, S. 261–265)
  • Herreman, Frank and D’Amato, Mark. Liberated voices: contemporary art from South Africa. The Museum for African Art, 1999. (S. 27)
  • Kasfir, Sidney Littlefield, and Gus Gordon. Contemporary African Art. Paw Prints, 2008. (S. 159–161)


External links[edit]

  • [1] infos at trent-art.co.za
  • [2] infos at artthrob
  • [3] artist's profile on the Goodman Gallery's homepage
  • [4] infos at artprintsa.com
  • [5] article on the website "Dead Revolutionaries Club"
  • [6] infos at joburg.co.za
  • [7] artist's profile on the V Gallery's homepage
  • [8] article on Palo Alto Online
  • [9] infos at artists-press.net


  1. ^ Cotter, Holland (24 September 1999). "South Africans, Isolated No More". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.artprintsa.com/davidkoloane.html
  3. ^ "Order of Proceedings", Rhodes University, 10 April 2015