Shakil Solanki has recently completed his undergraduate degree at the Michaelis School of Fine Art and is currently based in Cape Town, practicing as an artist. Solanki majored in the medium of printmaking during his third and fourth years of study. In both 2018 and 2019, he was placed on the Dean’s Merit List for consistence academic excellence. On completion of his degree in 2019, he was awarded the Simon Gerson Award in recognition of outstanding practical work, and the Katrine Harries Print Cabinet Award, for excellent achievement in the printmaking medium. Since 2018, he has taken part in over fifteen group shows, along with several silk screen-printing jobs, and a residency at the South Atlantic Press in 2020. Solanki interrogates the dynamics of intimacy, using the space of a secret garden to explore dualities of tenderness, desire, and violence. His experiences as a queer brown man remain central to his practice, with classical Eastern art standing as a prominent source of inspiration. This vernacular is repurposed, encompassing homoerotic dialogues to evoke lush, dreamlike lands, which remain both romantic and discomforting at once. The trope of a secret garden is used as a liminal space, where contrasting emotions of trauma and longing exist hand-in-hand with moments of stillness, using the theme of intimacy as a point of convergence to explore its many dynamics.  

1997 -

Nationality: South African

Residence: Cape Town