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John Muafangejo

Namibian 1943-1987 


Renowned artist John Ndevasia Muafangejo was born in Ovamboland, Angola, in October 1943. After his mother, one of 8 wives, was widowed, the family moved south to Namibia to the mission station Epinga. In 1967, an American missionary, Father Mallory spotted Muafangejo’s talent and secured a place for the artist at the legendary Rorke’s Drift Art and Craft Centre in KwaZulu-Natal, established by the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church and run by art teachers Ulla and Peder Gowenius. Rorke’s Drift was a place of excellence, renowned for training artists in the disciplines of weaving, woodcraft, print-making and pottery. Eighteen months after starting at the art school, Muafangejo was admitted to hospital and treated for a nervous breakdown, but he was able to go back to Rorke’s Drift in 1970 and complete his studies. He later returned to Namibia where he taught art for four years.

In 1974, Muafangejo was awarded an artist-in-residence position at Rorke’s Drift. Two years later, a collection of his prints was selected to be published by South African artist Walter Battiss, and in 1988 the artist received a Standard Bank National Arts Festival Guest Artist Award.

John Muafangejo died of a heart attack on 27 November 1987. His work is recognisable by his commanding portrayals of people and events combining text with images that reference his cultural heritage.


246 lots offered      84.55% sold      R 4 850 974
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
John Muafangejo; Ford 250 Truck
30 Nov 2021
Sold for R 12 898
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; The Royal Wedding
28 Nov 2021
Sold for R 19 933
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; Zulu Land
9 Nov 2021
Sold for R 17 588
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; The Women are Feeding the Chickens
25 Oct 2021
Sold for R 18 760
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; Muafengejo's Kraal
25 Oct 2021
Sold for R 18 760
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; Activity Centre, Anglican Church, 1980
25 Oct 2021
Sold for R 9 380
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; Herdman Philipus Kaluvi
27 Sep 2021
Sold for R 14 070
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; Bishop Robert Mize is Crying
27 Sep 2021
Sold for R 12 898
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; Giraffe in 1979
27 Sep 2021
Sold for R 15 243
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; Happy Xmas
27 Sep 2021
Unsold
 
John Muafangejo; The Last Supper
27 Sep 2021
Unsold
 
John Muafangejo; Gettling Water from Well. Field of Mielies in 1981
27 Sep 2021
Unsold
 

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