Jan Tshikhuthula  (1983) Biography and Exhibitions

BORN: 1983, TZANEEN, SOUTH AFRICA
 

EDUCATION
2005-2009: MOTONGONI ART ACADEMY, TZANEEN
2009-2010: ARTIST PROOF STUDIO, JOHANNESBURG
Jan Maanda Thsikhuthula was born in the small town of Tzaneen, South Africa, in 1983. His love for
art grew from 12 years of age, as he learned to draw and paint landscapes. He enrolled at the
Motongoni Art Academy in 2005, and during this time he was introduced to different media and
methods, which enabled him to explore wood sculptures, papier-mâché, clay and stone. During this
time he benefited from the mentorship of the founder of the academy, Avhashoti Mainnganye, who
took an active interest in cultivating his talent.
The next chapter of Jan’s journey as an artist was studying at Johannesburg’s Artist Proof Studio, from
2009. Here he learned different forms of printmaking, a process which played a major role in shaping
the artist he is today. His time at Artist Proof Studio opened a lot of doors for Jan, and saw him
working with industry heavyweights such as William Kentridge, Kim Berman and Nandipha Mthambo,
among others.

 

EXHIBITIONS, AWARDS, WORKSHOPS AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

 

2018: Venda solo exhibition, Lizamore & Associates
2017: Knysna fine arts 20 year celebration (Cape Town)
2017: 35 Exhibition, Lizamore & Associates (Johannesburg)
2017: Turbine Art fair (Johannesburg)
2017: Rotary Art fair (Johannesburg)
2017: Muta solo exhibition, Lizamore & Associates
2016: Rotary Art fair (Johannesburg)
2016: Turbine Artfair (Johannesburg)
2015: Gibbs Print Fair (Johannesburg)
2015: The Power of the Paper (50 years of printmaking in Australia, Canada and South Africa Group Show)
2015: Madi a Thavha Wood Sculpture Group exhibition (Venda)
2014: I remember my grandfather (Gallery 2 Johannesburg)
2013: ABSA L’sAtelier Finalists’ (ABSA Gallery)
2013: Freedom (Two man show with Carla Frank, Johannesburg)
2012: David Brow Gallery (Johannesburg)
2011: Landscapes Revisited (Two-man show with Mongezi Mcaphaii)
2011: Unity Gallery (collaboration with Senzo Shabangu)
2010: Artist’s Open Studio (Drill Hall, Johannesburg)
2010: Artist Proof Studio 3rd year Exhibition (Johannesburg)
2010: Kate Miller Photography Gallery (Johannesburg)
2009: Craft Yarano sculpture (Pretoria)
2009: Artist Proof Studio Gallery with Pony Pedro (Johannesburg)
2007: Fred Contemporary Art Gallery (Pretoria)

 

AWARDS
2013: ABSA L,Atelier Finalists’ Top 10
2010: Artist Proof Studio, Student of the year
2006 / 2007: Vembe District Art Awards (1st & 2nd place)
2005: Mapungubwe Building Up Art competition (1st prize)
2004: Munghana Lonene FM Art Competition (1st prize)

 

WORKSHOPS & PROJECTS
2012 - 2015: Project (collaboration with William Kentridge)
2011 - 2014: Facilitated TB, Bilharzia and Aids awareness workshop with Kim Berman in Makuya (Venda)
2010 - 2017: Facilitated a book binding, drawing and painting workshop (Limpopo)
2008 - 2009: Vhutsila Vhutibiwi pottery workshop at Noria Mabasa (Venda).
2007: Bag Factory Artist Residency (Johannesburg)

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Rand Merchant Bank Art Collection