b. 1965, Bellville, South Africa
Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa

Johann Louw was born in 1965 in Bellville, South Africa. He currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. Louw graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from Stellenbosch University in 1992. Louw was awarded the Ampersand Foundation Fellowship in New York City, USA, in 2014, and in 2010 he was the Artist-in-Residence at Le Atelier Pons in Paris, France. Notably in 2007, the Sanlam Art Collection presented a mid-career retrospective as a tribute to Louw’s extensive output and distinguished career over the past two decades. This exhibition toured the country in 2008 and 2009, and was accompanied by a publication on the artist.

Further solo exhibitions include: Lacrimosa, at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town in 2019; Der Abschied at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa as well as AVA Alumni: Johann Louw at the Association for Visual Arts Gallery (AVA) in Cape Town, both in 2017; Loog at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2016; Et in Arcadia Ego at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery in Johannesburg in 2013; New Paintings in 2010 at SMAC in Stellenbosch, Terugkoms van Cythera (Return from Cythera) in 2013 at SMAC in Cape Town and Gestaltes, an exhibition of large scale works on paper at SMAC in Cape Town, in 2014.

Group exhibitions include: SHAPING THINGS: An exploration of clay and ceramics in contemporary South African art practice at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch as well as A Show of Solidarity at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, in support of the South African Solidarity Fund during an enforced nation-wide lockdown, both in 2020; the Ampersand Award 21 years celebration exhibition, curated by Gordon Froud at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) in Johannesburg, in 2019; Endless Horizons Gráfica Sudafricana, at the Mexican Art Expo in Mexico City, Mexico and, Forward? Forward! Forward… at Stellenbosch University Museum in Stellenbosch, both in 2018; Home truths: Domestic Interiors in South African Collections, IZIKO South African National Gallery in Cape Town in 2016; Environmental Concern and Human Existence at the 4th Beijing International Art Biennale, China, and Paralleli – the official exhibition of the Sabbionetta Biennale for Contemporary Art in Italy, both in 2010; Linguaggi del Mondo: Languages of the World, during the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009.

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