Johannesburg-based visual artist Lerato Motaung is the winner of this year’s Emergence Art Prize.
For his primary means of expression, mixed media paintings, Motaung draws inspiration from his memories informed by his life experiences in three different environments: the metropolitan area of Johannesburg where he lives and works, the suburban ambiance of Katlehong township, and the rural North West Province where he grew up.?
The Emergence Art Prize received 184 entries from talented artists working across disciplines and mediums, and the judges included: Ashraf Jamal, Azu Nwagbogu, Carolynne Waterhouse and Bettina Nampé.
The prize includes an exhibition at THK Gallery in Cape Town, a two month residency at the innovative Quartier am Hafen Studio House on the banks of the Rhine in Cologne, Germany, in June and July 2021, and an R80 000 cash prize, a portion of which will go towards airfares and a stipend while the artist is in residence.
See Lerato’s work below.
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