Artjamming Melrose Arch: Nkosinathi Quwe

Artjamming Melrose Arch: Nkosinathi Quwe

My work is concerned with South African politics, social upheavals and the assumed role of a black male in South Africa. It is concerned with the race, class and social conundrum of this country. My work borrows a lot from resistance art– which was an outcry of injustices, police brutality, inequality and inferiority imposed on Africans by the white supremacy regime. The irony now is that, in times of our so called democracy- we still have to deal with police brutality, black against black violence, political bullying and the unaddressed issues concerning the one sidedness of our economy. As a visual artist and a citizen, I am more concerned about the issues affecting the black communities of this country who are mostly disadvantaged in large numbers. Since I am from these black communities, I feel it is my duty to address the ills, injustices and grotesque conditions that the regime prior to 1994 left us in.


Background and Training

2001- 2005 B-Tech in Fine Art (Visual Art)

Extracurricular Certificate in Arts and Culture Training Course

(Duration: One Year)

University of Johannesburg

Major: Painting

Exhibitions and Festivals

The Bus Factory, Group Exhibition, New Town, Johannesburg, 2004

UJ Gallery, Group Exhibition, Auckland Park, Johannesburg, 2005

Wits Gallery, Group Exhibition- Isilwane: curated by David Bunn, 2007

Gordart Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Melville, Johannesburg, 2007

Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK), Oudtshoorn, 2007


Awarded the Ekurhuleni Art Award in Print Making, 2006.


Archive: Issue No. 96, August 2005- ARTTHROB