Kagiso Pat Mautloa

4 February, 2013

Spier is proud to profile artist Kagiso Pat Mautloa as an established artist and respected teacher in the Johannesburg arts community. His immense oil on canvas 'Celebration' (2011) is exhibited in the Conference Centre at Spier and receives compliments on a daily basis by visitors to the estate.

Mautloa' s creative practice avoids a concise definition as he employs a wide range of media and styles. He is essentially an urban artist, drawing his inspiration from the Johannesburg street culture, the dynamics of the changing city and the people he encounters there. He was a founding member of the Fordsburg Bag Factory where he continues to work from his studio, filled with pieces of the urban debris collected on his daily walks through the city. Making use of both abstract and figurative elements, 'Celebration' is a layered and complex artwork that promises new discoveries on each encounter.

Born in Ventersdorp, South Africa in 1952, Mautloa lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. He studied art at Jubilee Art Centre in 1969 and at Johannesburg' s Mofolo Art Centre in 1970. He obtained a Fine Art Diploma from ELC Art Centre, Rorke' s Drift, Natal. in 1979. Mautloa worked in the Graphic Design Studio of the SABC from 1981-1992, before becoming a full-time artist in 1992. With David Koloane, Bill Ainslie and other South African artists he was involved in the formation in 1985 of the Thupelo Workshops which are part of the international Triangle Network. He taught at FUBA(federated Union of Black Artists) from the early 1980s and was instrumental in the Thupelo Gallery there. He is currently based at the Fordsburg Artist' s Studios, popularly known as The Bag Factory.

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