Nicholas Hlobo

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Nicholas Hlobo is a South African artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was born in 1975 in Cape Town. He earned a Bachelor of Technology from Technikon Witwatersrand in 2002.[1] He creates large sculptural works that are expansive masses which at once feel oozey, voluptuous and highly structured. The contrast of femininity and masculinity is created by his use of dissimilar materials such as rubber inner tubes, ribbon, organza, lace and found objects.


Hlobo is the winner of the 2006 Tollman Award for Visual Art, the 2009 Standard Bank Young Artist Award,[2] he was a finalist for the Future Generation Art Prize 2010.[3] In 2010, Hlobo was selected as a protégé by mentor Sir Anish Kapoor as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, an international philanthropic programme that pairs masters in their disciplines with emerging talents for a year of one-to-one creative exchange.[4]


Nicholas Hlobo, Ndize, 2010 by Julian Stallabrass

Hlobo's work has been exhibited in the Tate Modern in London,[5] the South African National Gallery, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, among several other venues. His work has also been included in the Havana Biennial of 2009 and the Guangzhou Triennial of 2008. Hlobo was the first black festival artist of the Aardklop arts festival in Potchefstroom in 2008. A major survey exhibition of Hlobo’s work was on at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, Norway, from 4 March to 29 May 2011. Hlobo and David Goldblatt were the only two South African artists invited by curator Bice Curiger to exhibit work on the international pavilion IllUMinations of the 2011 Venice Biennale.[6][7] He is included on La Triennale 2012 in Paris and on The Rainbow Nation, an exhibition of three generations of sculpture from South Africa, at The Hague. He has also been selected for the 18th Biennale of Sydney. In 2013 and 2014 his work will feature in exhibitions in Miami (Intethe), Aalborg (Out of Fashion : Textiles in International Contemporary Art), San Francisco (Public Intimacy : Art and other extraordinary Acts in South Africa) and The Divine Comedy. Heaven, Purgatory and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists -Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt/Main


  1. ^ "Nicholas Hlobo". Tate. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Meet Nicholas Hlobo, Standard Bank Young ArtistAward". Archived from the original on 20 September 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Future Generation Art Prize". Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative". Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative: A year of mentoring. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  5. ^ Uhambo, Tate Modern Archived 13 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Artists Venice Biennale Announced". Biannial Foundation. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  7. ^ "SOUTH AFRICA'S ON THE 54TH VENICE BIENNALE 2011". Panga Management. Retrieved 11 September 2011.

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