Nicholas Hlobo

Nicholas Hlobo, Balindile I, 2012. Courtesy the artist and Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town. Photo: Tate

Nicholas Hlobo, Balindile I, 2012. Courtesy the artist and Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town. Photo: Tate

Nicholas Hlobo, Balindile I, 2012. Courtesy the artist and Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town. Photo: Tate

Nicholas Hlobo (b. 1975, Cape Town, South Africa) lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. Hlobo began his career around the end of apartheid in 1994. Using materials such as ribbon, leather, wood and rubber detritus that he melds and weaves together, Hlobo creates seductively tactile sculptures and drawings. His works are richly layered – anchored in references to Xhosa culture and the experience of life in post-Apartheid South Africa – and reflect upon themes of language and communication, gender and sexuality, and race and ethnicity. Recent exhibitions include SCAD Museum of Art, USA (2019); Performa 17, USA (2017); Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, South Africa (2017); and Tate Modern, UK (2009).