Bonolo Kavula

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Bonolo Kavula plays with legibility and interrogates the possibilities of scale, surface, and alternative materials. The result continues Kavula’s artistic project of creating her own unique visual language. She uses the techniques and rules of printmaking to elevate it to the same level of other art techniques.

Born 1992 in Kimberley, South Africa Bonolo Kavula works and lives 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 the 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.

The feelings don’t go away , 2020
in Suburbia Contemporary
Canvas, Linocut printed on bubblegum wrapper
134 × 102 cm

Live a little , 2020
Cardboard
148 × 135 × 1 cm

Infinity, 2020
Acrylic paint, canvas, Cardboard
18 × 44 × 12 cm

Anything for You, 2020
Cardboard
15 x 12 x 8 cm

Be gentle when you handle me, 2020
Canvas frame, Acrylic paint, recycled canvas
25 × 25 cm

Infinite, 2020
Styrofoam, industrial ink and magazine paper discs
59 × 42 × 2 cm

Consequences, 2020
Cardboard
55 1/2 × 55 1/10 × 2/5 in

141 × 140 × 1 cm

Tomorrows/Todays 
Solo Show Investec Cape Town Art Fair Exhibition View

Again and again, 2019 (detail)
Acrylic paint on canvas, canvas discs and thread
198 × 43 cm

Tomorrows/Todays 
Solo Show Investec Cape Town Art Fair Exhibition View

Tomorrows/Todays 
Solo Show Investec Cape Town Art Fair Exhibition View

And so it goes, 2020 Cardboard and paint on canvas
9.5 cm diameter

Again and again, 2019 (detail)
Acrylic paint on canvas, canvas discs and thread
198 × 43 cm