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Nhlanhla Xaba

 (1960 - 2003)
Nhlanhla Xaba was active/lived in South Africa.  Nhlanhla Xaba is known for painting.

Nhlanhla Xaba

Biography from Stephan Welz & Co Johannesburg

Nhlanhla Xaba represented the quintessential post-apartheid dream: he epitomized the self-tailored artist paying his way as a common worker while training as an artist, assisting young underprivileged artists and finally being awarded the highest accolade by the art establishment when he was named Standard Bank Young Artist in 1998.

Xaba’s artistic output showed various depictions of life in rural South Africa.  His work was, however, not merely an amalgam of typical images that readily captured the political and economic hardships of South Africa: it also captured what everyone feels about these atrocities and is intensely personal.

In 1991 Xaba became co-founder and co-director of the Artists Proof Studio where he helped nurture a new generation of printmakers and where he also benefited in his personal artistic capacity from the new, improved facilities for printmaking.  Between 1978 and 2003 Xaba participated in close to 30 group exhibitions and held four important solo exhibitions. 

Very sadly, the promising artist died in the fire that destroyed the Artist Proof Studio premises in President Street, Johannesburg on March 9, 2003.

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About  Nhlanhla Xaba

Born:  1960
Died:   2003 - Johannesburg
Known for:  painting