ABOUT LEONARD MATSOSO
Leonard Tshehla Mohapi Matsoso was born in Pimville, Soweto. From 1962 to 1970, while still at school, Matsoso studied at the Jubilee Art Centre under Cecil Skotnes, Sydney Kumalo, Bill Hart and Ezrom Legae. In 1972 he studied at the Bill Ainslie Studios and travelled to France, England and Italy. He then worked for the SABC as a graphic artist.
Matsoso is a painter and graphic artist, with an enigmatic presence, known best for his monochromatic paintings of the early 1970s. From 1970 to 1988 he exhibited across South Africa, Brazil, Greece, Australia and most notably at the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1973 and 1979.
In 1972 he received first prize trip to Paris in the UTA Pavement Artist Competition, and in 1973 a prize at the Sao Paulo Biennale.
Matsoso was also commissioned for work for the State Theatre, Pretoria.