David
Koloane

David Koloane was born in the township of Alexandra in 1938. Koloane became interested in art during high school and did art work in his spare; time in between earning an income in various jobs to support his family. Between 1974 and 1977 he attended art classes at the Bill Ainslie Studios which later became the Johannesburg Art Foundation.

David Koloane went on to exhibiting his work and working full time in the art world. He has exhibited throughout South Africa as well as internationally.

David Koloane's increasing commitment to art led him to a part-time and later full time teaching position in a township high school. Koloane became head of the Fine Art section at The Federated Union of Black Artists (FUBA) in Johannesburg. David Koloane participated in a number of The Triangle International Artists Workshops. This experience led to the establishment of the Thupelo Workshops in South Africa, a concept that spread to Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

Koloane realised that what was needed in Johannesburg, particularly for Black artists was access to permanent studio space. To this end he was instrumental in establishing The Fordsburg Artists Studios (aka The Bag Factory) with Robert Loder and Ricky Burnett in 1991.

Koloane's creative activities have been diverse. He has always combined his personal work with his social involvement. He has contributed to several catalogues, curate exhibitions, sat on judging panels and delivered numerous papers abroad and at home, while attending workshops and conferences all over the world. In 1998, the government of the Netherlands honoured Koloane with the Prince Claus Fund Award for his contribution to the development of the visual arts in South Africa.

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