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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; Zimbabwe House
3 May 2021
Sold for ZAR 410 375
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; Elephant is Killing a Lion in Funny Way
3 May 2021
Sold for ZAR 175 875
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; Snow was Making Artist Fall Down Twice in Finland
3 May 2021
Sold for ZAR 117 250
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; Striking Workers of the Klein Aub Mine
3 May 2021
Sold for ZAR 82 075
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; Angola and South West Africa
3 May 2021
Sold for ZAR 70 350
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; Hope and Optimism
3 May 2021
Sold for ZAR 70 350
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; An Interview of Cape Town University
3 May 2021
Sold for ZAR 64 488
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; Adam and Eva
3 May 2021
Sold for ZAR 58 625
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; Oniipa New Printing Press (blue)
3 May 2021
Sold for ZAR 56 280
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; Lion Wants a Boy
3 May 2021
Sold for ZAR 52 763
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; Lonely Man, Man of Man
3 May 2021
Sold for ZAR 52 763
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Muafangejo; Evangelical Lutheran Church Womens Meeting
3 May 2021
Sold for ZAR 49 245
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT

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