Lwando Dlamini

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Lwando Dlamini, a visual artist, born in the Eastern Cape and raised in the Western Cape has always created work based on his lived experiences. Dlamini, who works with oil paint and mixed media, brings attention to the injustice of police brutality in the townships all over South Africa, the human body and the violent bodily harm he has faced through illness and near-death experiences. In his work, physically stitching together these subject matters, in essence, stirs a conversation around his awareness about the broken body and particularly focusing on memory loss.

The ongoing theme of personal violence is something that he has experienced directly since early childhood. At the age of ten, he was paralyzed and survived a prolonged coma. Ten years later, he was brutally attacked by corrupt police, resulting in a severely damaged cornea. These aspects of fragility become apparent at tragic occurrence, and remind us that we are all going to die at some undetermined point. Dlamini is thus interested in the meaning and/or the unpredictability of our existence.The works have clarity and a precision that evokes compassion and understanding in the viewer while questioning what lies beyond the surface.

In 2017, Dlamini graduated with a Diploma in Fine Art from the Ruth Prowse School of Art in 2017, and is currently based in Cape Town. Dlamini’s most recent group exhibit was in 2019 and titled ‘tete-a-tete’ at the Absa Gallery in Johannesburg. He was amongst the young emerging visual artists who were selected to be part of the RMB talent unlocked-programme in association with both the VANSA and the Assemblage, in the 2019 Turbine Art Fair. Dlamini has participated in group shows at the FNB Joburg Art Fair in 2018, and was awarded the 2018 David Koloane award from the Bag Factory Artist Studios and attended the Artist Career Boot-Camp in association with the National Arts Council. Dlamini made through to the semi-finals of the prestigious Absa L’atelier Art competition- 2018. In 2017 Dlamini was also the photographer and chaperone for Italian artist in residence, Valentina Colella at the Ruth Prowse School of Art in association with Everard Read and the Centro di Luigi Sarro. He has participated in the Thuphelo group exhibition at the University of Stellenbosch Gallery, Western Cape and the drawing workshop at the Greatmore Artist Studio, Woodstock, Cape Town.

Solo Exhibitions

2020    Triumph, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021    In [the] Loop, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa

2020    AAGA annual African Galleries Now online edition powered by Artsy, Africa

2020    FNB Art Joburg online edition,  Main Booth, Johannesburg, South Africa

2020    Intersect Chicago online edition of SOFA Expo, Chicago, United States of America

2020    Investec Cape Town Art Fair, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa

2019    UP COMING, Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa

2019    Independent Booth, Latitudes Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa

2019    Tete-a-tete group exhibit- Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2018    FNB Jo’burg Art Fair, Sandton Convention Centre , Johannesburg, South Africa

2018    Line and Gesture group exhibition- Bag Factory Artist Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa

2018    Thuphelo group exhibition, curated by Valerie Geselev at the University of Stellenbosch Gallery, Western Cape, South Africa

2018    Drawing workshop exhibition, Great More Studios, Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa

2017    Inzondelelo (the act of never giving up), Graduation exhibition at Ruth Prowse School of Art, Cape Town, South Africa

2017    Sorry! Please Try Again. – Pop Up Group Show curated by Brett Charles Seiler, the Palms Centre, Woodstock. Cape Town, South Africa

2016   One. Zero. Seven, Pop Up Group Show curated by Brett Charles Seiler. 107 Short Market street, Cape Town, South Africa

Grants & Awards

2020      Emerging Painting Invitational (EPI) finalists

2018      David Koloane award residency


2017      Diploma in Fine Art at Ruth Prowse School of Art


HAUSEN Collection, New York, United States of America


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