Dr David Nthubu Koloane was born in Alexandria, Johannesburg.
Committed to the visual art world, Koloane’s art reflects a personal struggle to illuminate the experiences of black South Africans to the world. Koloane is an acclaimed artist, educator, writer, curator and facilitator. He has been recognised and honoured internationally for his contribution to the visual arts in South Africa. David Koloane looks with a lively and perceptive eye at the bustling urban environment
Co-founder of Johannesburg's first black art gallery in the late 1970s, David Koloane's biography reads like a potted history of contemporary black visual art in South Africa. In the 1960s he was a young apprentice with the Polly Street group of artists ("it was basically the first place where black artists could come together under one roof in Johannesburg," says Koloane); between 1974 and 1977 he served an apprenticeship under Bill Ainslie at the Johannesburg Art Foundation; and in July 1982, Koloane was the visual arts coordinator of a pivotal rally of arts and culture workers, the Culture and Resistance Festival held in Botswana.
More recently, Koloane is credited with co-founding along with Robert Loder and Aubrey Caro in 1985 introducing Thupelo Worshop now Greatmore Studios in Cape Town culminating into The Bag Factory Artists Studios concept which took off in 1991
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