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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.