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Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba 'Dumile' Feni

South African 1939-1991 


Described as the ‘Goya of the townships, Dumile (Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba) Feni was a South African figurative artist who portrayed the life around him and the struggle and suffering he witnessed of people living in the townships under the apartheid era. Known for his emotionally-charged expressive imagery, he worked primarily in monochrome, through the media of drawing, painting and sculpture. He was apprenticed at a sculpture, pottery and plastics works in Johannesburg in the 1960s, but a meeting with Ephraim Ngatane while both were recovering at a tuberculosis sanatorium set him on the path to becoming a professional artist. The two painted a series of murals at the hospital and after being discharged, Feni began attending the Jubilee Art Centre, then under the direction of Cecil Skotnes.

Feni’s work was selected to represent South Africa at the São Paulo Biennial in 1967, but after severe criticism for having agreed to represent the apartheid regime, and also falling foul of the restrictive pass laws that prevented free movement in the country at the time, Feni chose to go into exile in London in 1968. He lived the remainder of his life in Los Angeles and then New York, where he passed away expectedly in 1991.

One of the most important works in Feni’s oeuvre is African Guernica (1967), in the University of Fort Hare Collection. This was selected as one of the most significant works in South African art history and displayed in the Javett Art Centre’s opening exhibition, 101 Collecting Conversations, at the University of Pretoria in 2019.

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60 lots offered      70.00% sold      ZAR 5 353 381
 

  Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba 'Dumile' Feni; Man Drinking
28 May 2024
Sold for ZAR 577 625
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba 'Dumile' Feni; Dedication to Ruth First and Lilian Ngoyi
15 Apr 2024
Sold for ZAR 58 625
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba 'Dumile' Feni; Dumile
15 Apr 2024
Sold for ZAR 11 725
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba 'Dumile' Feni; Woman with Child
12 Feb 2024
ZAR 60 000 - 80 000
 
Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba 'Dumile' Feni; Naked Figures
12 Feb 2024
ZAR 100 000 - 150 000
 
Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba 'Dumile' Feni; Woman with Child
7 Nov 2023
ZAR 70 000 - 100 000
 
Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba 'Dumile' Feni; Figures with Basket
7 Nov 2023
Sold for ZAR 140 700
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba 'Dumile' Feni; Naked Figures
7 Nov 2023
ZAR 140 000 - 180 000
 
Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba 'Dumile' Feni; What Have We Leart (sic)
12 Jun 2023
Sold for ZAR 46 900
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba 'Dumile' Feni; Blue Suede Shoe
16 May 2023
Sold for ZAR 2 287 500
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba 'Dumile' Feni; Memoriam Historica
16 May 2023
Sold for ZAR 211 050
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Zwelidumile Geelboi Mgxaji Mslaba 'Dumile' Feni; Lovers
16 May 2023
Sold for ZAR 222 775
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT