Sekgala, Thabiso


South African, 1981–2014


The late Thabiso Sekgala’s contemplative portraits of youth in the former Homelands of South Africa, territories that the National Party administration assigned to black habitants as part of their policy of apartheid, bear witness to the artist’s uncanny feel for the figure in the landscape. The artist’s softly colored images evoke tenderness, even nostalgia, yet speak of their subjects with an unflinching directness. With a constant, compassionate attention to color and light, form, and pattern, Sekgala rendered careful, contemplative portraits of youth. Approaching the figure and the land with utmost respect and dignity, his images tell stories beyond apartheid, visual clichés, and social prejudices.

Artworks by Sekgala, Thabiso

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