Nicholas Hlobo

Artist

Nicholas Hlobo has an affinity for non-traditional materials. Rubber inner tubes, leather, ribbons, soap and found objects make frequent appearances in his works, which explore Xhosa traditions, homosexuality and "anything that people find embarrassing in society�. The Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art in 2009, Hlobo will embark on a national exhibition, which begins at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown from July 2 to 11. Hlobo, who holds a BTech degree from Wits Technikon, has been a hit on the international art scene over the past few years; he took up a two-month Ampersand Foundation residency in New York in 2007. In 2008, he showed at the Boston ICA as part of the Momentum series, and in 2007 he had solo exhibitions at the Extraspazio in Rome and the Pei Ling Chan Gallery at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. � Jane Steinacker

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