KEVIN ROBERTS

BIOGRAPHY

KEVIN ROBERTS 
(b. 1965, Rustenburg, South Africa)

Kevin Roberts was born in 1965 in Rustenburg, South Africa. His serene, balanced and carefully constructed paintings and sculptures have received widespread acclaim. Winner of several awards with his distinctive style of rhythmic patterns and recurring symbols, he is one of South Africa’s most admired artists. He lived and worked in Johannesburg, lecturing part-time on painting and ceramics around Pretoria. Roberts passed away in 2009. He will be missed.

EDUCATION

1982     

Matriculated at Grenville High School

1988     
National Diploma in Fine Arts - Technikon Pretoria

1990    
National Higher Diploma in Fine Arts - with Distinction

AWARDS

1987     
Schweickerdt Prize for most promising student

1988     
Innes Aab-Tamsen Prize - painting

1994 
    
One of the winners of the 1994 Volkskas Atelier

1995     
Third Prize at Kempton Park 95

1995     
Winner of the 1995 Volkskas Atelier

1996     
Winner of the 1996 Kempton Park/Tembisa Fine Art Award

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1988 / 1989 / 1993 / 1995      
Volkskas Atelier

1989                     
Rolles Impressions

1988/89              
New Signatures

1993 /1994 / 1995      
Arts Alive

1994                    
Angels and Trees, SA Association of Arts

1995                     
Pretoria at the Johannesburg Biennale
We the People United for a Global Environment (Pretoria Art Museum) Mmabatho

1995 / 1996             
 Kempton Park / Tembisa Fine Art Award

1996                     
South African Art in Egypt, Cairo

1997                     
Executive Art, SA Association of Arts

1999                    
artLONDON, June ’99 Fair, Chelsea

2000                     
Summer 2000 - Group show Everard Read, Cape Town

2004                     
Pretoria, A selection of Painters and Sculptures from the Nation’s Capital. Everard Read, Cape Town

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1993                     
SA Association of Arts (N.Tvl)

1996                     
Karen McKerron Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1997                     
Karen McKerron Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2001                     
One man exhibition, Everard Read, Johannesburg, South Africa

2004                     
One Man Exhibition, Everard Read, Johannesburg, South Africa

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

SASOL
Klerksdorp Municipality Collection
Department of Foreign Affairs
ABSA Bank Collection
Pretoria Art Museum
Anderson Consulting
Telkom
Consol Glass
Pretoria Technikon
Gauteng Government
Sanlam
Unisa
Kempton Park / Tembisa City Council

CRITICAL ACCLAIM

Kevin Roberts affirms the visual, or let us call it the ‘beautiful,’ as the essence of his art…. His paintings explore beauty, craftsmanship, pattern and image as part of an integrated whole. In this he too becomes part of a tapestry of painting stretching from the traditional to the contemporary.


Ingrid Stevens