Born in 1936 in Sekhukhune Land, in the Gauteng, South Africa.
Lives and works Sekhukhune Land.
In 1967, Segogela was trained as a craftsman at the Standard Bank Center in Johannesburg. His works, for which he had no formal artistic training, were inspired by the Bible and developed further through his own visions. His activities in the anti-Apartheid ANC movement, his membership, from 1954 on, in the Church of Five Missions, influenced his work considerably. His goal, "to save the world from violence and horror", started in the late 1980's with the work "Satan Fresh Meat Market", with its figures of angels and demons. Segogela, very concerned with the future of mankind, he paid as much attention to the development of large African urban centres, as to the problems of rural life. Each of his installations is the result of his long and meticulous work as a sculptor, in which the characters and the objects are precisely composed, detailed and painted. Segogela wants to transmit messages linked to religion, politics, culture, feelings, and all the activities of life. His installations reveal his sensitivity, humour and irony.
RED ROOM Contemporary Art Gallery
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Johannes Mashego Segogela.
Devils Angels and Other Things.
The Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Coexistence : Contemporary Cultural Production in South Africa
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University
Waltham, Mass. – USA
A World of Christians
Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg - Danemark.
7. Triennale der Kleinplastik. Zeitgenössische Skulptur. Europa Afrika SüdwestLB Forum Stuttgart, Germany. 17 October 1998 - 17 January 1999]
The Body Politic, Africus
Johannesgurg 1st Biennal.
Standard Bank National Arts Festival.Grahamstown - South Africa.
Big City : Artists from Africa
London, Great Britain.
Havana 5th Biennal.
Biennal for Visual Arts
Johannesburg - South Africa.
7. Triennale der Kleinplastik 1998 : zeitgenössische Skulptur Europa Afrika; Exhibition catalogue. Cantz, Stuttgart.
Contemporary Art of Africa. Segogela by Anitra Nettleton, p.96-98.
Edited by André Magnin, Jacques Soulillou.
Publisher Harry N. Abraams.
Colours -Kunst aus Sud Afrika.
Haus der Kulturen Der Welt. Herausgeber, Verlag.
African Arts. UCLA (Winter 1995).
Havana 5th Biennal
Incroci Del Sud. Affinities, Contemporary South African Art.
Exhibition catalogue, Venice Biennal, Italy.
Resistance art in South Africa.
By Sue Williamson.
Images of Wood.
By Elizabeth Rankin.
The neglected tradition : Towards a New History of South African Art
Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa.