Robin Moodley

Robin Moodley
Robin Moodley is a Durban-based artist who trained in fine art at the University of Durban Westville (UDW). He had to interrupt his studies due to lack of finance and worked at Mobil Refinery as a process technician for 5 years. While working shifts at Mobil, Robin registered to continue his fine art course. He had to leave UDW due to his political activism and applied for special permission to complete his final year majoring in painting and drawing at Natal Technikon. Robin’s first exhibition after graduating was a two-person show with Jenny Parsons at the then Natal Society for the Arts Gallery in Overport City. He then worked with homeless children as a skills coordinator with the Clermont NGO Streetwise for five years. After that, he worked independently as a furniture designer. Robin established an interior design practice, which he ran for 25 years. During this time, the passion to create art grew and Robin acquired the diverse skills required to execute large-scale projects. He spent years conceptualising the work he always desired to produce. Robin submitted a painting to the KZNSA Annual Members’ Exhibition in 2018 and took second place. In the 2019 exhibition, he won the KZNSA Merit Award. This year, he was awarded First Prize and the Joan Emanuel floating trophy for his submission - a delicately wrought piece that won him unanimous acclaim from the competition judges.

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