About

Through painting, sculpture and spatial intervention, Ndzube stages an introduction to his imaginative universe, named Echoes of the First Stories. He states, ‘We begin in the real world and through interaction with the work enter a fabulist tale in progress. I’ve attempted to create the genesis of a cosmology that finds itself in the “uncharted lands and trackless seas” I call the Mine Moon. It emerges from the tradition of magical realism and is expanding to points currently unknown.’

 

Narrative influences span Ben Okri, Franz Kafka, Haruki Murakami, Hieronymus Bosch, David Lynch, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Gabriel García Márquez and Zakes Mda. In particular Ndzube highlights Magical Realism: Theory, History, Community by Wendy B Faris and Lois Parkinson Zamora which describes magical realism as ‘a mode suited to exploring – and transgressing – boundaries, whether the boundaries are ontological, political, geographical or generic. [It] facilitates the fusion, or coexistence, of possible worlds, spaces, systems that would be irreconcilable in other modes.’ 

 

 

C.V.

Los Angeles based South African Artist

 

EDUCATION

Peter Clarke Art Centre, Cape Town, 2010

BAFA. Michaelis School of Fine Arts, University of Cape Town, 2015

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

In the Order of Elephants After the Rain, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, Romania. 2019

The Rain Prayers, Museo Kaluz, Mexico City, Mexico. 2019

Uncharted Lands And Trackless Seas, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. 2019

Bhabharosi, The Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL. 2018

Waiting For Mulungu, Cc Foundation, Shanghai, China. 2018

Dancing Into Form, Works on Paper, Harper's Books, New York. 2018

Bhabharosi, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.  2017

Becoming, WHATIFTHEWWORLD Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.  2016

Imithungo Yezivubeko, Michaelis School of Arts, Cape Town, South Africa. 2015

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2020

Hollywood Babylon: A Re-Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome, Los Angeles, CA

Pineal Eye Infection, Los Angeles, CA

  

2019

Trans World, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, Romania

Trans World, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

People, Jeffery Deitch Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Our Lady of the Flowers, Bucharest, Romania

Together With Other Water, The 15th Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France

Filling In the Gaps, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2018

The Adderall and the Ecstasy, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, Romania

New Acquisitions, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL

Hacer Noche (Crossing Night), Centro Cultural Santo Domingo, Oaxaca, Mexico

Noise!, Frans Hals Museum, Harlem, Netherlands

Both, and, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

The Eye Sees Not Itself, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Indulge, Art Movement, Los Angeles, CA

2017

The Hierophant, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, Romania

Son of Mr. Green Genes, BBQLA, Los Angeles, CA

Homeward Bound, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2016

Our Lady + Women's Work, South African National Gallery

Dear Eurpoa, Whatiftheworld gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

The Art of Disruptions, South African National Gallery

#TheOpening, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa

2015

Pouring Ours SecretesSmac Art Gallery, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa 

Kasi-2-kasi Public Arts Festival / Remaking Place, Gordon Institute for Centre and Creative Arts, CT

“But he doen’t have anything on!” Commune1 Gallery, CT

2009

The rights of a child, Iziko National Gallery Annexe & Jewish Museum, CT

 

AWARDS

2019- Culture Creators Annual ‘Innovators & Leaders’ Award

2016- Tollman Award Winner

2015-  Michaelis Prize Winner, Michaelis School of Fine Art

2015-  Simon Gerson Prize

2013-  Cecil SkotnesScholarship

RESIDENCIES

Greatmore Artist Residency Studios, Woodstock CT,

Dalton Warehouse, South Central, Los Angeles. CA. USA

 

PUBLIC & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Musee d’art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, United States

The CC Foundation, Shanghai, China

HOW Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Christen Sveeas Collection, Norway

The Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado

Museo Kaluz, Mexico City, Mexico

Rubell family collection, Miami

Rupert Museum, Cape Town

University of Cape Town

Iziko South African National Gallery

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA)

A4 Foundation

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Ashraf Jamal. In the World: Essays on Contemporary South African Art. Skira Publishing. August 2017.

Ashraf Jamal. Us & Them, The Killer of The World. Art Africa. no. 4, June 2016, pages 68-71. 

Simone Heymans. Young Bright Thing. Art South Africa. Vol. 2, March 2015, 

Journals

-2016. Sean O'Toele. ArtForum. Critic's Picks. https://www.artforum.com/picks/id=64536

-2016. Nkule Mabaso. (exhibition Review). Simphiwe's Ndzube's Becoming.

http://artthrob.co.za/2016/11/22/perched-at-the-edge-of-precarity-simphiwe-ndzubes-becoming/

CATALOGUES

Michaelis School of Fine Art Graduate Class Catalogue 2015. Cape Town

Simphiwe Ndzube, Imithungo Yezivubeko. Graduate exhibition Catalogue, 2015, Cape Town

INTERVIEWS

-Vanity Fair. https://www.vanityfair.com/video/watch/journey-through-la-with-artist-simphiwe-ndzube

-ZOO #54 March 2017: http://www.martagnyp.com/interviews/simphiwe-ndzube

-Adjectives. October 2016. In Conversation with Mathew Patridge. 

-http://www.adjective.co.za/2016/10/21/simphiwe-ndzube-perspectives/

TEACHING ASSISTANCE

2015

-Sculpture Elective, Third Year Students. Michaelis School of Fine Art. University of Cape Town,

2014

-Visual Art & Design, Grade 10-12, Isimela High School, Cape Town.

-Sculpture. First Year & Third Year. Michaelis School of Fine Art. University of Cape Town