Themba Khumalo

South Africa

Meet Themba Khumalo, whose cityscapes capture the beauty, energy, fears and grit of Africa’s wealthiest city.  The vast scale and density of Johannesburg’s commuter taxi networks, the relentlessness of urban life, and famous landmarks like the Hillbrow tower all make an appearance in Khumalo’s portfolio.  He uses depictions of pylons, cranes, and electrical wires to represent movement, energy, and connections between people.

Etching and drypoint are Khumalo’s chosen printing techniques, but in recent years he has worked a lot with charcoal drawing as well.  He acknowledges the foundation and direction of home, which is also suggestive of the South African spirit of ‘ubuntu’: “I am who I am because of my upbringing”, he says.  His work has been exhibited at both the FNB Joburg Art Fair and he had a solo booth with Redroom Gallery at the Invstec Cape Town Art Fair (2018). His work has also travelled to Germany for a solo show at the Kunstlerhaus Meinersen in 2018.

Exhibitions, Awards & Collections

Select Exhibitions

2018 Solo Show, Kunstlerhaus Meinersen (State of the nation), Germany

2018 Solo Booth with Red Room Gallery, Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town

2017 The Place Called Home, Red Room Gallery, Johannesburg

2016 Art Exchange: Querètaro, Galeria Municipal and Taller Tamayo, Oaxaca, México

2016 Connecting Contemporary, Galerie l’App’Art, Perigueux, France

2016 World Art Dubai, Dubai

2016 Solo Show, Gallery 2, Johannesburg

2015 The Collaborative Spirit, No Man’s Art Gallery, Amsterdam

2014 Group Show, Washington Printmakers Gallery

2013 Group Show, Cherie de Villiers Gallery, Johannesburg

2013 Group Show, Isolate del Cinema festival in Rome, Italy

2012 ‘Coming of age’ Group Show at Gallery 2, Johannesburg

2012 ‘Coming of Age’ Group Show at Johannesburg Art Gallery

2011 Group Show, Sharon Sampson Studio

2011 Works on Paper, Artist Proof Studio and Blue Door Studio, David Brown Gallery, Johannesburg


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