(1960 - 2003)
Nhlanhla Xaba was active/lived in South Africa. Nhlanhla Xaba is known for painting.
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.
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
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
Very sadly, the promising artist died in the fire that
destroyed the Artist Proof Studio premises in President Street,
Johannesburg on March 9, 2003.