Joachim Schönfeldt was born in Pretoria, but his family moved to Namibia just three weeks later. Schönfeldt completed his schooling in Namibia, and after graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand in the early 1980's; he worked for Meneghelli Holdings as a curator and researcher in historical African Art. Schönfeldt became a full-time artist in 1988. He has exhibited widely in South Africa and abroad. He was one of the founding artists of the Fordsburg Artists' Studios (The Bag Factory). He currently lives and works in Johannesburg. Schönfeldt has exhibited in New York (White Box), San Francisco (Centre for the Arts) and Massachusetts (Brandeis University) in the States and in Vancouver Art Gallery in Canada. He has also exhibited in Paris (Gallery d’Esplenade), Rome (Sala 1) Berlin (Haus der Kulturen der Welt), Rotterdam (Netherlands Architecture Institute), Lisbon, Porto (Moagens Harmonica), Glasgow (Tramway), Turin (Castello di Rivolli), Umea (BildMuseet), Sierre (FAC) and Copenhagen in Europe. He represented South Africa at the Venice Biennale and at the Sao Paulo Biennale. He also participated in both Johannesburg Biennales, Gwangju Biennale in 2008 and on the main show Venice Biennale 2015. In his career he has worked with curators such as: Okwui Enwezor (2015 Venice Biennale), Peter Weibel (past director of the Steirischer Herbst in Graz, Austria), Lauri Firstenberg (Independent curator in New York), Joao Fernandes (curator at the Seralves Foundation in Porto, Portugal), Jean-Yves Jouannais (Independent curator) and Julia Charlton (Wits Art Galleries, Johannesburg) His work is represented in various private and public collections, like MoMa, NY, The Smithsonian, Hangart-7-Sammlung, University of the Witwatersrand Art Gallery, Johannesburg and National Gallery, Cape Town. Articles on him and his work have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Art Agenda, Flash Art, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Frieze and Atlantica. In 2001 he was short-listed for the Daimler Chrysler Award.