Bonolo Kavula has bee invited to partecipate at the Tomorrows/Today section of the Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2020.

Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2020 is on the horizon, and with it a fresh installment of the popular Tomorrows/Today platform, the section of the Fair dedicated to highlighting the practices of emerging and under-represented artists. In 2020 this will be co-curated by Nkule Mabaso (Curator, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town) and Luigi Fassi (Artistic Director, MAN-Contemporary Art Museum, Nuoro, Italy).

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Bonolo Kavula, is a strong female visual artist from Kimberly, partnered with a Spanish affiliated Gallery, Suburbia Contemporary. Her work speaks so fondly of the simple beauty of ordinary materials and objects.

Her patient and meticulous demeanour drives her to produce delicate works of art. Her work is experimental in finding materials such as magazine paper, chappies wrappers and cardboard boxes that would be thrown away and disregarded as high-end art and transform it into captivating detailed visual sensory.

She ultimately transforms ‘nothing’ into ‘something’ sustainable which fits so well with her section of the Fair’s theme, Tomorrows/Today. As Bonolo eloquently stated her biggest question of sustainability is to ask herself, “how can I make something out of nothing?” After realising her passion in understanding sustainability as an art form she continues to find throw away materials to produce deeply technical art which allows admirers to love the ordinary beyond the norm.

Her life though is far from ordinary, with a great passion for her craft you come to understand she is a hard worker and invested in creating networks with various galleries. Bonolo both in her work ethic and content of her character illustrates the strength of artists to make a name for themselves and the messages they believe in, in the art world.

Vibescout February 2020 by Rosca Warries


Bonolo Kavula lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. She obtained a BA(FA) from the Michaelis School of Fine Art (University of Cape Town) majoring in Printmaking in 2014.

Kavula works in print media, video work, comic art as well as painting and has recently used performance art as a new artistic expression by creating an art persona in a called Black Mona Lisa. Black Mona Lisa debuted her music video titled, Messy, which was featured in the Zeitz MOCAA exhibition ‘The Main Complaint’ in 2018. Kavula has also recently lent her voice to stand up comedy as a means to critique the art world through humor. Her first stand up routine was held at blank projects in August 2018.

Her video piece titled, You must be exhausted was a finalist in the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition (2014). She has also been part of various group exhibitions including Burr: Print and Purpose (Print Portfolio) and iQhiya Group Exhibition at AVA Gallery (Cape Town: 2016); New Monuments at Commune 1 (Cape Town: 2016); 3 881 days, blank lab and Furniture at Blank Projects (Cape Town: 2015, 2016) and the Sasol New Signatures at the Pretoria Art Museum (Pretoria: 2011).

Kavula has been awarded the 2014 Katherine Harries Print Cabinet Award at University of Cape Town (Cape Town, South Africa) and her works are part of the Works of Art Committee collection also at the University of Cape Town.