Vusi Khumalo

Vusi Khumalo
Vusi Khumalo (b. 1951, Balfour North, Gauteng, South Africa) completed his basic education in Germiston, thereafter spending 10 years working in various companies in South Africa. In 1986, whilst still working in Germiston, Khumalo felt impelled to leave apartheid South Africa. As a long standing member of the African National Congress, he left with his family for A.N.C. camps in Zambia and Tanzania. It was in Dakawa Camp, Tanzania, where he first had an opportunity to explore fully his life-long hobby - art. Having completed his 0-level General Certificate of Education, through correspondence with the University of London, Khumalo began to be trained and later, to teach textile printing, art and design. This culminated in a summer course in art in the Gerlesberg Art School, Sweden, in 1991. In 1992, Khumalo was repatriated and the Dakawa Art and Craft Community Centre was re-established in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. He continued to teach there and his efforts won him a one year scholarship to the Konstfack National Art College, Stockholm, where he gained a certificate in textile printing and "art". In 1996, Dakawa’s funding from Sweden was withdrawn and Khumalo decided the time was ripe for him to dedicate himself full time to his own art. His efforts to render the South African landscape, and particularly the burgeoning squatter communities within that landscape, were frustrated, as he found that oil painting did not bring him the intense realism that he wanted to evoke. This led him to his startlingly real collages. Khumalo, by reconstructing the infamous squatter camps, takes us where we might, otherwise, fear to tread and, perhaps, reminds us that behind the media facade of brutality, crime and squalor. These "growths" on our landscape are populated by human beings under trying circumstances. Khumalo is now working as a full time artist in the Eastern Cape, where he lives with his wife, Lokhuthula and their two children. Selected Exhibitions 2018 20 years on, Solo Exhibition, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa 2016 Opening Gallery Exhibition, CIRCA Gallery, London, UK Winter Collection, Group Show, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa 2015 Empire, Group Exhibition, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa 2014 People and Places, Group Exhibition, Imibala Gallery in association with Everard Read, South Africa Postcards from Mzansi, Solo Exhibition, Everard Read Cape Town, South Africa 2013 Possessed, Group Exhibition, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa Centenary, Group Exhibition, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa 2011 Small Works, Solo Exhibition, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa 2010 View from the South, Group Show, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa Khumalo, Mzimba, Dyaloyi, Three Man Exhibition at Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa 2009 The City, Group Show, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa 2008 The Wave, Chinese Cultural Exchange, the Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa 2007 One Man Exhibition, Portland Gallery, London, UK Exhibition at the Hubei Institute, Wuhan China as the second leg of a cultural exchange 2006 Cultural Exchange – A group exhibition exploring China with 4 Professors from The Hubei Institute of fine art after a visit to Wuhan China – Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa Abstraction, Solo Show, Everard Read, Johannesburg, South Africa 2005 Solo Exhibition, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa 2004 One Man Exhibition, Portland Gallery, London, UK 2003 Solo Show, Everard Read, Johannesburg, South Africa 2000 One Man Exhibition, October at the Portland Gallery, London, UK 1998 Solo Exhibition, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa 1996 Two Man Exhibition , Two World with Roxandra Dardagan and Skotnes Gallery, Albany Museum, Grahamstown Art Festival, South Africa Me and Myself, Solo Exhibition, Wezandla Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth Textile Art Printing and Painting, South Africa 1995 Manscape, Solo Exhibition, Wezandla Gallery, Port Elizabeth, South Africa 1994 One man Exhibition, Konstfack National Art College, Stockholm, Sweden 1989-91 Part of a touring group exhibition in Sweden and Norway 1988-91 Saba Saba National Exhibition in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

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