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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.


261 lots offered      83.91% sold      ZAR 5 052 644
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and 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
 
John Muafangejo; Rt. Rev. R. Mize
27 Sep 2021
Unsold
 
John Muafangejo; Zululand: Natal Where Art School is
23 Aug 2021
Sold for ZAR 23 450
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; Judas Iscariot Betrayed Our Lord Jesus For R3.00 Without Asking Him
23 Aug 2021
Sold for ZAR 5 863
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; Sermon the Mount
23 Aug 2021
Sold for ZAR 15 243
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; Adam and Eva
11 Jul 2021
Sold for ZAR 23 450
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; Wedding; Party, two
11 Jul 2021
Sold for ZAR 14 070
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; INRI
11 Jul 2021
Sold for ZAR 9 380
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; Judge Man
11 Jul 2021
Sold for ZAR 11 725
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; Shepherd is Moving the Cattle to a Good Place for Grassing
7 Jun 2021
Unsold
 

Results in green indicate post sales.


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