Born June 5th, 1938 in Alexandra
June 30th 2019
Koloane received his art training at the Bill Ainslie Studio from 1974 to 1977. In 1977, he was co-founder of Johannesburg's first black art gallery. From 1982 to 1983, he was Head of Fine Arts at the Federative Union of Black Artists (FUBA), an agency for Black artists that creates awareness of their work in South Africa. In July 1982, Koloane was the visual arts coordinator of a pivotal rally of arts and culture workers, the Culture and Resistance Festival held in Botswana.
Most recently he is credited along with Robert Loder as founder of The Bag Factory studio and gallery space in downtown Johannesburg.
Koloane's post-liberation (1990) works have tended towards what critic Ivor Powel defines as a "primal stylistic chaos". Koloane's work shares something of the abstract intentionality of Jean Michel Basquiat. His work is also characterised by its recurring subject matter (particularly townships scenes, dogs, cityscapes, jazz music), and tends to offer a curious blend of sombre epiphanies and mesmerised celebrations of our collectivity as human beings.
In The City, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2014 – 2015
David Koloane Survey,Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa
Twenty Ten and Other Things, Goodman Gallery Cape, Cape Town, South Africa
Revival, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
New Work, A.B.A Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2003 Rituals , Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
City Beat , Seippel Gallery, Germany
Cityscapes and City Dwellers , Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
New Work , NSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa
Made in South Africa 2 , Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Made in South Africa 1 , Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Solo Exhibition, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Gallery on the Market, Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa
Nedbank Gallery, Killarney, Johannesburg, South Africa
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
In Context: Where We Are, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Controversial ways of seeing, Bag Factory, Johannesburg, South Africa
My Joburg, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
Imaginary Fact: Contemporary South African Art and the Archive, South African Pavilion, 55th la Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Terra firma, Fried Contemporary Art Gallery & Studio, Pretoria, South Africa
e-Scapes, David Krut Publishing, Johannesburg, South Africa
KOLOANE MABASO MASHILE MAUTLOA, Gallery AOP, Johannesburg, South Africa
Print Run, David Krut Publishing, Cape Town, South Africa
Unhomely – Seville Bienale, Seville, Spain
Ubuntu, Malaysia Art Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
South African Artists, Seippel Gallery, Germany
Liberated Voices, National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA
South Africa National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Alvar Aalto Museum, Jyvaskyla, Finland 1996 Bomani Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Zora Neal Hurston National Museum of Fine Art Hurstonville, Florida, USA
Meridian International Center, Washington DC, USA
South African Murals, ICA Gallery, London, UK
Veronique Tadjo, David Koloane: Taxi 006. David Krut Publishing: Johannesburg
Frank Herreman and M. D’amato, Liberated Voices: Contemporary Art from South Africa. The Museum of African Art: New York, p.27.
Walking The Tight Rope: Trade Routes, 2nd Johannesburg Biennale catalogue text
Andre Magnin and Jacques Soulillou, Contemporary Art of Africa, Thames and Hudson, New York and London
Sue Williamson and Ashraf Jamal, Art in South Africa: The Future Present, David Philip Publishers: Claremont, South Africa
Clementine Deliss (ed.), Seven Stories About Modern Art In Africa. Flammarion: Paris, p. 140 – 156 and p. 261 – 265 (in conversation with Ivor Powell).
Esme Berman Painting in South Africa, Southern Book Publishers, Halfway House, p. 363.
Art from South Africa: Catalogue, Thames, and Hudson
A question of identity: Third Text magazine, London, UK
A report on the Johannesburg Africa’s Biennale catalogue text
A dissertation on the establishment of printmaking workshops employing alternative methods in the urban areas of South Africa, U.K
A Profile: Lucas Seage: A Konrad Aadenauer Prize Winner. Staff Rider Magazine
Margaret Makhoana, Bonanza Magazine
A Profile: Dan Rakgoathe Mofolo Art Centre.