This Educational Supplement is published together with TAXI 013 Diane Victor. The importance of Diane Victor’s impressive body of drawings and prints lies not simply in its biting social commentary and the sometimes macabre quality of her images, but also in the interplay between the tough and the fragile in her work, between the subject matter of her visual narratives and the delicate mark-making and fragility of her preferred media.
Kagiso Pat Mautloa was born in 1952 in Ventersdorp. While still at school he attended classes at the Jubilee Art Centre in Johannesburg, then at Mofolo Art Centre in Soweto. He has worked as a full-time artist since 1993, and now has a studio at the Bag Factory in Johannesburg, where a number of other well-known artists work.
Noria Muelelwa Mabasa was born in 1938 in Xigalo, a village in Limpopo Province, north of Johannesburg. She is a sculptor of large woodcarvings and figurative ceramic work who first came to prominence in the urban art scene in the mid 1980s.
Paul Stopforth produced several bodies of work that were startling in their courageous engagement with the repressive society in which he lived. The importance of Stopforth’s work is that he is an acute observer of the minutiae of everyday life and keenly attuned to the significance of ordinary objects, which he imbues with dignity and careful metaphorical significance.
Samson Mudzunga was born in 1938 in Shanzha, Dopeni, in the Nzhelele district of the former Venda “homeland”. Although Mudzunga began playing with clay as a child, it wasn’t until much later in life that he became a self-sustaining artist, acclaimed for his performance events and for his extraordinary wood carvings, particularly his enormous “coffin drums”.
This Educational Supplement is published with TAXI-012 Sandile Zulu by Colin Richards. Sandile Zulu’s work incorporates and gives expression to a many layered mythology in which fire, transformation, planetary cycles, and natural rhythms are key elements. Zulu uses found objects that he scavenges from industrial sites and from nature, but the distinctive scorch-marks and burnt edges of his work testify to the centrality of fire in his method and his aesthetic philosophy.
Steven Cohen is a pioneering artist best known for his performances and public interventions. He challenges the boundaries of traditional media and modes of expression and provocatively confronts issues of identity.
In a prolific career spanning more than two decades, Willem Boshoff has produced his own dictionaries, intricately crafted wooden sculptures, installations in sand, and monumental works in stone. If there is a single thread binding these diverse works together, it is his fascination with language and books.
This educational supplement is published together with a Taxi Art Book on Santu Mofokeng. He works as a freelance curator, writer, researcher and photographer, based in Johannesburg but travelling extensively. Born in Johannesburg in 1956, he began his photographic career informally as a street photographer in Soweto, and in the early 1980’s set out to pursue photography in earnest, mostly through documentary coverage of political activity at the time.
Jo Ractliffe is a practicing artist, working with photo-based media, video and installation. She was born in Cape Town and completed her B.A.F.A. (with distinction in Photography) and M.F.A. (with distinction) degrees at the University of Cape Town.
Born in Durban in 1953, Jeremy Wafer received his BA degree from the University of Natal and his Masters in Fine Art degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1987. Since then, his sculptural and print work has remained informed by an artistic language which is modular, minimal and contemplative, and which varies in aesthetic effect and social purpose.
Santu Mofokeng was born in 1956 in Johannesburg. He began his photographic career informally as a street photographer in Soweto, and in the early 1980s set out to pursue photography in earnest, mostly through documentary coverage of political activity at the time.
Artist, writer, arts administrator and curator David Koloane has established a reputation both locally and internationally. His paintings and graphics have been featured in major collections and exhibitions worldwide.
Noria Mabasa is an artist based in Limpopo province, north of Johannesburg. She is a sculptor of large woodcarvings and figurative ceramic work who first came to prominence in the urban art scene in the mid 1980s.