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NICHOLAS HLOBO
Ulwamvila, 2015
ribbons on linen and cotton canvas
62.99 x 98.43 inche...

NICHOLAS HLOBO
Qhwanya, 2015
ribbon and melted soldering wire on cotton canvas
39.37 ...

NICHOLAS HLOBO
Qhwanya (detail), 2015
ribbon and melted soldering wire on cotton c...

NICHOLAS HLOBO
Uxanduva lwembewu, 2015
ribbons and leather on cotton canvas
39.37 x 5...

NICHOLAS HLOBO

Ingilosi, 2015

ribbons and leather on cott...

NICHOLAS HLOBO
Isilima sesinambuzane phezu kwechibi, 2015
ribbons, tea, and watercolor on pa...

NICHOLAS HLOBO
Ikroti, 2016
wood, leather, and ribbon
39.5 x 184 x 96 inches
1...

NICHOLAS HLOBO
Ikroti (detail), 2016
wood, leather, and ribbon
39.5 x 184 x...

NICHOLAS HLOBO
Unxweme, 2016
ribbons and leather on Belgian linen canvas
70.87 x 47.2...

NICHOLAS HLOBO
Unxweme (detail), 2016
ribbons and leather on Belgian linen canvas
...

NICHOLAS HLOBO
Bhaxa, Iqinile, Ikhiwane, 2006
wooden chairs and seat, sunlight soap, and rib...

NICHOLAS HLOBO
Umkhokeli, 2016
ribbons, leather, and metal on Belgian canvas
59.06 x ...

NICHOLAS HLOBO
Ngumgudu nemizano, 2008
rubber inner tube, ribbon, rubber boots, and vinyl

Nicholas Hlobo, Imilonji Yembali (Melodies of History)
Installation view
Museum Beelden aan ...

Nicholas Hlobo, Imilonji Yembali (Melodies of History)
Installation view
Museum Beelden...

Nicholas Hlobo
Installation view
Lehmann Maupin, New York
February 24-April 17, 2016
Ph...

Nicholas Hlobo
Installation view
Lehmann Maupin, New York
February 24-April 17, 2016
Ph...

Nicholas Hlobo
Installation view
Lehmann Maupin, New York
February 24-April 17, 2016
Ph...

Gallery Exhibitions

Museum Exhibitions & Projects

Museum Exhibition

SCAD Museum of Art, S...
The Divine Comedy Heaven, Hell, Purgatory ...

October 16, 2014 – January 25, 2015

Museum Exhibition

National Museum of Ar...
Nicholas Hlobo: Sculpture, Installation, P...

March 4 – May 29, 2011

Museum Exhibition

Tate Modern
Nicholas Hlobo

December 9, 2008 – March 29, 2009

Museum Exhibition

Institute for Contemp...
Momentum 11: Nicholas Hlobo

July 30 – October 26, 2008

Artist Bio

Nicholas Hlobo

Nicholas Hlobo (b. 1975, Cape Town, South Africa; lives and works in Johannesburg) received a Fine Art degree from Johannesburg’s Technikon Witwatersrand in 2002. Hlobo creates works on paper, sculptures, installations, and performances using materials such as ribbon, rubber, leather, and wood.  He explores the symbolic and associative power of these raw materials and interjects his own multi-faceted personal identity into his work. His evocative, anthropomorphic imagery and metaphorically charged materials investigate issues of sexuality, gender, and class in the context of his South African heritage.

 

Hlobo’s exhibition history includes solo exhibitions at Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague (2016); Locust Project, Miami (2013); National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo (2011); Savannah College of Art and Design, Lacoste, France (2010); Tate Modern, London (2008); Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2008); and SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah (2007). He has participated in several international biennials and notable group exhibitions including The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C. (2015); Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; and SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA (2014); the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012); the 54th Venice Biennale (2011); La Triennale at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); the Liverpool Biennial (2010); the Guangzhou Triennial, China (2008); and Flow, Studio Museum in Harlem (2008).

 

His work is included in numerous collections including the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; South African National Art Gallery, Cape Town; SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; and the Tate Modern, London. Hlobo has received numerous honors and distinctions such as the Rolex Visual Arts Protégé (2010-11); Standard Bank Young Artist Award (2009); and the Tollman Award for Visual Art (2006). 

 

Portrait courtesy Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague.