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Dada Khanyisa Biography

Dada Khanyisa was born in 1991 in Umzimkhulu, KwaZulu-Natal. In 2016 they completed a BAFA at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town.

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Bambi'phone, the first solo exhibition by the artist, took place at Stevenson in Cape Town in 2018, and their sophomore presentation, Good Feelings takes place in Johannesburg. They have participated in group shows including Heroes: Principles of African Greatness at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA (2019); 9 More Weeks and Both, and at Stevenson, Johannesburg (2018); A Painting Today at Stevenson, Cape Town (2017) among others at galleries across the country. In 2017, they were commissioned to produce a 35-metre mural painting at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg as a way to give the historic site contemporary appeal.

Khanyisa won the Simon Gerson Prize at UCT in 2016. As a merit winner at the SA Taxi Art Awards in 2015, their work featured on 10 taxis traversing the main roads of South Africa. They participated in a Fountainhead residency in Miami in 2018.

Dada Khanyisa Featured Artworks

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Sunday Best by Dada Khanyisa contemporary artwork
Dada KhanyisaSunday Best, 2019Acrylic and mixed media on wood
41 x 54 x 11 cm
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Should I Download Tinder? by Dada Khanyisa contemporary artwork
Dada KhanyisaShould I Download Tinder?, 2019Acrylic, mixed media and found objects on wood
41 x 50.5 x 5.5 cm
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Kaelo by Dada Khanyisa contemporary artwork
Dada KhanyisaKaelo, 2020Mixed media on paper
32.5 x 32.5 x 1 cm
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Bhut' Maswidi by Dada Khanyisa contemporary artwork
Dada KhanyisaBhut' Maswidi, 2020Mixed media on paper
36 x 34 x 1 cm
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Vanessa by Dada Khanyisa contemporary artwork
Dada KhanyisaVanessa, 2020Mixed media on paper
34 x 29.5 x 1 cm
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Glowing by Dada Khanyisa contemporary artwork
Dada KhanyisaGlowing, 2019Acrylic, mixed media and found objects on wood
78 x 50.5 x 13 cm
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A Love Letter to Audiophiles by Dada Khanyisa contemporary artwork
Dada KhanyisaA Love Letter to Audiophiles, 2019Acrylic, mixed media and found objects on wood
61 x 45 x 8.5 cm
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Traces of Companionship by Dada Khanyisa contemporary artwork
Dada KhanyisaTraces of Companionship, 2019Acrylic and mixed media on wood
63 x 49.5 x 12 cm
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Dada Khanyisa Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Dada Khanyisa, Good Feelings at Stevenson, Johannesburg
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1 February–14 March 2020 Dada Khanyisa Good Feelings StevensonJohannesburg

Dada Khanyisa Represented By

Stevenson contemporary art gallery in Cape Town, South Africa Stevenson Cape Town, Johannesburg

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