ABOUT AVIWE PLAATJIE
Cape Town based artist, painter and printmaker, Aviwe Plaatjie has been drawn to the visual arts since childhood. His obvious talent as a child was nurtured by his mother and her employer who took him to part-time art classes. In 2010, Aviwe joined Good Hope Arts Studios as a self-taught painter and later attended a mentorship programme at VANSA for three months, where he was introduced to linocut printing.
An avid commentator on his community through his identity-based paintings, his characters, friends, neighbours and family are staged onto an often aspirational and imaginary background. Subjects might appear ‘dressed up’ but these often simple garments appear sumptuous in the artist’s expertly malleable hands. His use of colour, texture and luxuriant attention to detail incorporating abstract backgrounds and patterns attend to his ability to weave a strong visual narrative.
“I work mainly with oil paints on canvas or anything that is a drawing-based medium. I like the way you can record an instant observation or doodle away your unconscious thoughts and ideas. My inspiration comes from the world around me – I love absorbing my surroundings. I simply comment on life.”
2021 MAKWANDE, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa
2021 African Galleries Now in Partnership with Artsy, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa
2021 In [the] Loop Group Show, EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town, South Africa
2020 Latitudes Art Fair, online presentation with EBONY/CURATED, Johannesburg, South Africa
2020 FNB Art Joburg, online presentation with EBONY/CURATED, Johannesburg, South Africa
2020 ‘In The Making’, Associated for Visual Arts, Cape Town, South Africa
2020 ‘Home Is Where The Art Is’, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town, South Africa
2018 Committee Choice Exhibition, Art B Gallery, Belville, Cape Town. South Africa
2018 Greatmore Thupelo Internation Workshop Exhibition, Cape Town. South Africa
Norval Foundation Homestead Collection