Sam Nhlengethwa | CV



1976-77 Johannesburg Art Foundation
1977-78 Fine Art Diploma, Rorkes Drift Art Centre, Natal


1990 Cassirer Fine Art (with guest Daniel Phaladi)
1993 “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” travelling show: Market Gallery (Johannesburg), NSA Gallery (Durban)
1994/5 “Homage to Jazz,” Standard Bank Young Artist Award. Various venues.
1995 “Senegalese Images,” Goodman Gallery, Hyde Park, Johannesburg
1996 “Mine Trip,” Goodman Gallery, Hyde Park, Johannesburg
1998 “Interiors,” Goodman Gallery, Hyde Park, Johannesburg
2001 “Jozi People,” Goodman Gallery, Hyde Park, Johannesburg


1981 Civic Centre, Kwa-Thema, Springs
1981 Haenggi Gallery, Johannesburg
1983 Shell Gallery, Johannesburg
1984 Fuba Gallery, Johannesburg
1985 Tributaries, Africana Museum, sponsored by BMW, Johannesburg
1986 The Thupelo show, Fuba Gallery, Johannesburg, Frankfurt, and Paris (with Gerard Sekoto, David Koloane, Dumisane Mabaso, Tony Nkotsi and Durant Sihlali)
1987 Two-man show with Madi Phala: Fuba Gallery
1987 Thupelo show in Botswana
1987 The Art Foundation (Thupelo)
1987 Cassirer Fine Art, Johannesburg
1988 Cassirer Fine Art, Johannesburg
1989 Two-man show with Gerard Sekoto, Cassirer Fine Art, Johannesburg
1989 Thupelo show, Fuba Gallery, Johannesburg
1990 Thupelo show, Fuba Gallery, Johannesburg
1990 Goodman Gallery, Hyde Park, Johannesburg
1995 Africa ’95, Whitechapel, London
1997 Cross Over Johannesburg to Nantes, held in Nantes, France
1998 Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam, Netherlands
1998 The Art Salon, Bay Hotel, Cape Town
1999 “Fast Forward/Rewind”, Van Reekun Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands
1999 South African Trade Exhibition, Mauritius
1999 Artery Association for Visual Arts, (Metropolitan Gallery), Cape Town
1999 The Art Salon, Bay Hotel, Cape Town
2000 Two-man show with Zwelethu Mthethwa, Seippel Art Gallery, Cologne, Germany
2000 The Art Salon, Bay Hotel, Cape Town
2000 Artlook South Africa, Gahlberg Gallery, College of Du Page, Chicago, USA
2000 Project Conflux, a touring exhibition started in Cape Town
2001 Lines of Connection, Cameroon
2001 Two-man show, “Sam meets Zwelethu,” a collaboration with Zwelethu Mthethwa, Goodman Galley, Johannesburg
2001 The Art Salon, Bay Hotel, Cape Town
2002 Towards New Cultures, Trevi Exhibition Area, Bolzano, Italy 
2002 Art City, billboards exhibition, Johannesburg


1991 Illustrations for the Sunday Star magazine
1991 Cover illustration for Alex Civic Association
1993 Weekly Mail, “Artists of South Africa” subscription promotion
1994 Cover design for Nadine Gordimer’s book None to Accompany Me
1995 Sunday Times, Inside Magazine, illustration of Pope John Paul II
1995 Gauteng Provincial Legislature
1999 Fedsure Life Assurance Ltd.
1998 MTN Building (Sandton, Johannesburg)
2000 CD cover, posters, and invitations for Daimler Chrysler Award for South African Jazz, 2001


South African museums: South African National Gallery (Cape Town), Johannesburg Art Gallery, Durban Art Gallery, Tatham Art Gallery (Pietermaritzburg)

International museums and institutions: The German Art Museum (Frankfurt, Germany), Botswana Art Museum, World Bank (USA)

South African corporations and government: SA Broadcasting Corporation, Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Mobil Court (Cape Town), Anglo American (Johannesburg), MTN Art Institute (Johannesburg). Standard Bank Head Office (Johannesburg), BMW (Pretoria), Mercedes-Benz (Johannesburg), Daimler Chrysler (Pretoria), Mpumalanga Legislature (Nelspruit), Telkom, Absa Bank, Nedcor (Johannesburg), Gencor (Johannesburg), Sasol (Johannesburg), Johannesburg Consolidated Investments (JCI)

Private (selected): Mr. Robert Loder (London, UK), Mr. Harry Belafonte (US), Ms. Gay McDougall (US) (Director: Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights), Ms. Delfina for Delfina Studios (London, UK), Dr. Msendane (RSA)


1988 A.A Vita awards nominee (Johannesburg)
1991 A.A Vita Awards nominee (Johannesburg)
1991 Triangle International Artists Workshop (New York, USA)
1992 A.A Vita Awards nominee (Johannesburg)
1992 Delfina Studio Trust Summer Award (London, UK)
1993 Betrams VO Art for Africa Award finalist (Johannesburg)
1993 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for 1994 (RSA)
1994 First National Bank Vita Awards nominee (Johannesburg)
1994 TENQ African Workshop – Senegal (West Africa)
1995 African Studies Association conference, Florida (USA)
1996 First National Bank Vita Awards nominee (Johannesburg)
1999 Medicins Sans Frontiers project “Art without Frontiers,” Dubai (UAE) where 40 international artists took part in painting the world’s longest painting to raise funds for MSF.


1992 College of DuPage, [Glen Ellyn, Chicago, USA]: Conducting Liberal Arts Workshops and presenting lectures in collaboration with Associate Professor Chuck Boone as part of the ARTLOOK SA project.
1996 Havanna, Cuba : participant in the filming of the documentary “Afro-Cuban Connection” 
2000 MTN Art Institute Community project: Conducting art workshops in various schools around the country 
2000 Gerard Sekoto Foundation Community project: Involved in a mural-painting project with students (Limpopo & Sophiatown)
2000 Secure the Future: a Bristol Myers Squibb art project to promote HIV/AIDS research.
2000 Gerard Sekoto Foundation project in partnership with Mamelodi Heritage Foundation, De Beers, and Pretoria Art Museum: a mural painting project involving local students.
2001 Cameroon: Lines of Connection: an MTN Art Institute project – exhibiting and facilitating education workshops for students from Douala, Cameroon.


The 20th Century Artbook (Phaidon Press Limited, 1999) ISBN 0 7148 3850. Page 336. 
The Money Standard Vol. 1 No 4 1999. Page 26 
FNB Vita Art Now 1995. ISBN 0 620 20197 5. Page 36 
Vuka SA Vol. 2 No. 3 June/July 1997. ISSN 1025-2134. Pages 6-7 
Jazz Heritage Vol. 4 1999. ISSN 1560-7720. Pages 16-17 
L’Art Africain Contemporain (Association Dialogue Entre Les Cultures) 1992-4. ISBN 2-909711-005. Page 27 
Andries Oliphant, ‘A human face: The Death of Biko and South African Art’ in Seven Stories about Modern Art in Africa, 1995:258)