ABOUT DAVID MOGANO
Phaswane David Mogano was born in Pietersburg, Limpopo Province, South Africa. He received his schooling at the Mogano Primary and High Schools. During 1959 he received some informal art training at the Polly Street Art Centre under Cecil Skotnes and Sydney Kumalo.
Mogano lived in Johannesburg for many years. It was life in the townships and city that appealed most strongly to his imagination and for which he was renowned. He handled this subject matter with an acute sense of detail, with vivid graphic depictions of the physical and human environment. Social criticisms, social documentation, the integration of tradition and Western modes of dress and dwelling, with humour are injected into the paintings of life in townships from Pimsville (now destroyed) to Pietersburg, Alexandra, Kgomo City, Early Western Township and Lebowa.
His paintings are executed exclusively in watercolours, a technique that he mastered. The paintings indicate an ingenious drawing ability and an idiosyncratic presentation of scale and perspective.
A collection of his paintings was exhibited at the Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg in July and August 1999. The exhibition reflected the unique vision of an artist over a period of 25 years of painting. That exhibition was organized in conjunction with the Gallery on Tyrone.
He was a member of the Artists’ Market since 1964.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
1999 RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION, STANDARD BANK GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
1975 MADDEN GALLERIES, SANDTON, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
1973 TRIAD GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
1972 FOUNDATION FOR CREATIVE ART GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
1988 ‘THE NEGLECTED TRADITION’, JOHANNESBURG ART GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
1986 GALLERY 21, (CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART SELECTED WORKS FROM THE PELMAMA PERMANENT ART COLLECTION), JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
1985 FUBA (CREATIVE WORKSHOP; A SELECTION OF WORKS BY DISTINGUISHED BLACK ARTISTS), JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
1983 GALLERY 21 (WATERCOLOURS NOW AND THEN)
1982 NATIONAL MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY, GABORONE, BOTSWANA (ART TOWARD SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT – AN EXHIBITION OF SOUTH AFRICAN ART)
1975 GROUP 51 WINTER ART EXHIBITION
1972 TRIAD GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG (GROUP)
1972 GALLERY 21 (GROUP)
1972 GALLERY 101 (GROUP)
1971 GALLERY 101 (GROUP)
1970 GALLERY ELYSIA, JOHANNESBURG (AFRICA ART PROJECT – GROUP)
1970 GALLERY MICHELANGELO, JOHANNESBURG (GROUP)
AFRICANA MUSEUM, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
COCA-COLA COMPANY, MEXICO
ISM PELMAMA PERMANENT COLLECTION
PUTCO, SIEMENS HOUSE, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
DE BEERS CENTENARY ART GALLERY, UNIVERSITY OF FORT HARE, SOUTH AFRICA