b. 1975, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Frances Goodman was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1975, where she currently lives and works. Goodman obtained a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College at the University of London in 2000, and holds a Laureateship from the Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten (HISK) in Antwerp, Belgium. She was a recipient of the Cecily Brown Fellowship for Outstanding Woman Artists in 2014 and took part in The Fountainhead Residency Programme in Miami, USA, in 2015.

In 2020, Goodman presented her latest solo exhibition, Uneventful Days, at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. Further selected solo exhibitions include: offstage at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg, in 2018; Spit/Swallow, at Galleri SPECTA, in Copenhagen, Denmark, both in 2018; Beneath Her at Richard Taittinger in New York City, USA in 2017; Degreened at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town; Rapaciously Yours, Richard Taittinger Gallery in New York, both in 2016; Let Your Hair Down, curated by Jennie Lamensdorf as part of the (TEI) Art-in-Buildings Programme in New York; Lick It, Walgreens Art Windows, Art Center South Florida, in Miami, USA, all in 2015, and The Sweetest Ride at TM Projects, in Geneva, Switzerland in 2014.

Recent group exhibitions include: Matereality at Iziko South African National Gallery in 2020; I am… Contemporary Women Artists of Africa at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC, USA, Material Insanity at the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL) in Marrakech, Morocco; Pop Stars! Popular Culture and Contemporary Art at 21c in Oklahoma City, USA, all in 2019.

Further notable group exhibitions include: The Red Hour, curated by Simon Njami at Dak’Art: African Contemporary Art Biennale in Dakar, Senegal; The Future is Female at 21C Museum Hotel Cincinnati in Cincinnati, USA; I SEE YOU at the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, USA, all in 2018; Le jour qui vient, curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi, at the Galerie des Lafayette in Paris, France; All Things Being Equal, at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) in Cape Town, both in 2017; Herselves, at Blue Project Foundation, in Barcelona, Spain, in 2016; The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists, a travelling exhibition curated by Simon Njami, at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, USA in 2015, SCAD Art Gallery, Savannah, Georgia USA and Museum für Modern Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt, Germany, all in 2014. She also featured in States of Mind, at Maison Particulière, Brussels, Belgium in 2014; and Not Human, Nor Stone at the Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town in 2011.

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