ART BASEL MIAMI
b. 1992, Kimberley, South Africa
Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa
Bonolo Kavula was born in 1992 in Kimberley, South Africa, and currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. She obtained a BA(FA) from the Michaelis School of Fine Art (University of Cape Town) in 2014, majoring in printmaking. Kavula received the 2014 Katrine Harries Print Cabinet Award at the University of Cape Town and she was a founding member of the Cape Town based artist collective, iQhiya.
Kavula explores the practice of printmaking beyond its traditional confines creating works at the intersection of textile and sculptural art. Combining print with design, painting and sculpture, Kavula’s compositions, using punched shweshwe fabric pieces and meticulously measured strands of thread, are an interrogation into the possibilities of scale, surface and materiality and an unconstrained exploration of abstraction. In 2021, she presented her first solo exhibition, sewedi sewedi, at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town. Other recent projects include a solo booth at the 2020 Investec Cape Town Art Fair, as part of the curated section, TOMORROWS/TODAY, in Cape Town; Art Times, a performance at A4 Arts Foundation in Cape Town, in 2019; and Twenty Sexy, a performance at blank projects gallery in Cape Town.
Selected group exhibitions include: Speculative Enquiry #1: On Abstraction at the Michaelis Galleries in Cape Town in 2019; The Main Complaint, curated by Michaela Limberis, at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) and Shady Tactics, curated by Thuli Gamedze at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, both in 2018; Atomic Peace at the Bag Factory in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2017; iQhiya Group Exhibition at the Association for Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery in Cape Town and New Monuments at Commune1 in Cape Town, both in 2016. Her works are included in collections such as the Works of Art Committee collection (UCT) and the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town.