Nicholas Hlobo was born in Cape Town in 1975, and has a B Tech degree from the Wits Technikon (2002). He has an affinity for non-traditional materials, with rubber inner tubes, leather, ribbons, soap and found objects making frequent appearances in works which explore Xhosa traditions, homosexuality and 'anything that people find embarrassing in society'. He was the winner of the Tollman Award for the Visual Arts 2006. In 2008 he showed at the Boston ICA as part of the Momentum series, and in 2007 he had solo shows at Extraspazio in Rome and the Pei Ling Chan Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia. Recent group exhibitions include the third Guangzhou Triennial, China (2008); Flow at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2008); Home Lands/Land Marks at Haunch of Venison, London (2008); and .za: giovane arte dal Sudafrica at Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena (2008).
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