COLBERT MASHILE

BIOGRAPHY

COLBERT MASHILE
(b. 1972, Bushbuckridge, South Africa)

 I come from a place that is shrouded by powerful cultural norms and customs. These customs, such as the ritual of circumcision, both myself and my wife have undergone.

Colbert Mashile explores the psychological impact of traditional circumcision and initiation rituals on initiates. He also explores the often problematic narratives of collective cultural determinants within these communities. As Colbert Mashile has matured, the psychological underpinnings are still evident, but his imagery has transgressed these limitations to begin addressing issues such as home, language and the natural landscape. Mashile, a quiet individual, reflects on his use of symbols and icons. He comments that it simply shows the 'truth about the land and its people and thus my existence in South Africa'.

This poignant statement reflects someone who has a clear understanding of the prevalent issues in South Africa. His work references various elements of more traditional art production techniques (printmaking, drawing and painting). But, within this production, he isolates the personal narrative as the loudest voice within a cacophony of layers of symbology, meaning and reference.

SELECTED EDUCATION

2001                   

Master of Arts in Heritage Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

1996-2000       
Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBTIONS

2018  

Who Feels It, Knows it, CIRCA Cape Town, South Africa

As We Are, CIRCA Johannesburg, South Africa

 

2017  

Just My Imagination, Everard Read Johannesburg, South Africa

Truth or Dare, Everard Read Cape Town, South Africa

 

2016

Man’s Duality (Unearthed), CIRCA, Johannesburg, South Africa

 

2015   
Beast of Burden, NIROX Projects, Johannesburg, South Africa
S'Ka Motho (Just Like Man), SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2013   
Messages from our Ancestors, Art Eye Gallery, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

2006   
Mmawaka Montedi, AVA, Cape Town, South Africa

2004   
Tsa Bagale, Gallery On The Square, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2016   
Opening Gallery Exhibition, CIRCA Gallery, London, UK
Cape Town Art Fair, Everard Read Gallery booth, Cape Town, South Africa

2015 
  
FNB Jo-burg Art Fair, Everard Read Gallery Booth, Johannesburg, South Africa

2006   
Les arts de la Coexistence? Alliance Francaise, Paris, France
Les arts de la Coexistence? Musee des Arts Derniers, Paris, France
New Painting, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa
New Painting, Unisa Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
DAK' ART, Dakar, Senegal
New Painting, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2005   
Brett Kebble Awards Exhibition
ABSA L'Atelier Competition Exhibition, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Johannesburg Sasol New Signatures Competition Exhibition, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa
Les arts de la Coexistence? Migrations Culturelles, Bordeaux , France
Les arts de la Coexistence? Médiathèque, Biarritz, France
Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy

2004   
ABSA L'Atelier Competition Exhibition, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Brett Kebble Awards Exhibition
A Decade of Democracy: Witnessing South Africa: 2004 -2005, Boston, Smithsonian, Gibbs Museum, Detroit USA (Traveling Show)
The ID of South African Artists, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
A Decade of Democracy: South African Art 1994 -2004 from the Permanent Collection, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Making Waves (A selection of works from the SABC art collection) Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Negotiated Identities - Black Bodies, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2003  
Circumcised/Circumscribed, Axis Gallery, New York, USA
New Works, Art Space, Johannesburg, South Africa
Show Me Home, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
A New Collection, Gallery On The Square, Sandton, South Africa

2002   
Insider / Outsider, Art On Paper Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudshoorn, South Africa

2001   
Museum Africa Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
The Art Space Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2000   
ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
Malangatana in South Africa, Sandton Civic Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Bill Ainslie Art Gallery, South Africa
Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudshoorn, South Africa

1998 & 1999
   
Martienssen, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

1994   
JHB Art Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa

AWARDS

2000  
                 
ABSA l'Atelier Merit Prize

1999                   
Certificate of First Class: Painting IV, Johannesburg Art Foundation

1998                   
Certificate of Merit: Outstanding Results in Drawing & Design III

1992-1994       
Certificate in Art Foundation Course 

1989                   
Tladishi High School Matric

SELECTED PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

3M
African Life
BHP Billiton (Gencor) Daniel Erasmus Attorneys Durban Art Gallery
De Beers
E. Oppenheimer & Sons 
Johannesburg Art Gallery 
IBM
MTN Corporation 
NEDCOR Bank 
SASOL Limited
South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Stanlib
The Mandela Foundation
The South African National Gallery