Jeremy Wafer, sculptor and print maker, lives and works as an artist in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Wafer was born in Durban in 1953 and grew up in Nkwalini (Zululand). He has a Bachelor of Art in Fine Art from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg (1979) as well as a Bachelor of Art Honors in Art History from the University of the Witwatersrand (1980). He then went on to further his studies by obtaining a Master of Art in Fine Art (1987) and later his PHD in Fine Art (2016) from the University of the Witwatersrand.
He was an appointed Associate Professor in the Fine Art Departments of the former Technikon Natal (now DUT) and Technikon Witwatersrand (now University of Johannesburg). When Wafer received his PhD in 2016 and was subsequently appointed full professor of Sculpture in the School of Arts of the University of the Witwatersrand.
Wafer has been the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, notably the Standard Bank National Drawing Prize in 1987 and the Sasol Wax Art Award in 2006. His work featured on the South African Pavilion of the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015.
Wafer has exhibited locally and internationally, and his work is represented in the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, the South African National Gallery, the Johannesburg Art Gallery as well as in many other museum, private and corporate collections.