Dr David Nthubu Koloane (1938 - 2019) was born in Alexandra, Johannesburg. He worked at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios. Koloane’s work addresses socio-political matters and contributions to the furtherance of disadvantaged black South African artists during and after the apartheid era.
He is the co-founder of Johannesburg's first black art gallery in the late 1970s. 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). Koloane, along with sir Robert Loder founded the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios.
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