Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa

Live Virtual Auction, 28 February 2023

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa
About the Session

Curatorial Voices: Modern and Contemporary Art from Africa is a dynamic collaborative project conceived by Strauss & Co to address the need for diversified representation of artists from across the African continent in the secondary market. Curated by Strauss & Co Heads of Sale, Kirsty Colledge and Kate Fellens, with input by seven international art experts with embedded knowledge of Africa; Serge Tiroche, Valerie Kabov, Heba Elkayal, Danda Jaroljmek, Anne Kariuki, Dana Endundo Ferreira, Kimberley Cunningham. Curatorial Voices presents collectors with a broad selection of work by leading contemporary artists alongside select pieces by important historical artists.

Sold for

ZAR 44 555
Lot 19
  • Mongezi Ncaphayi; Memory and Desire I
  • Mongezi Ncaphayi; Memory and Desire I
  • Mongezi Ncaphayi; Memory and Desire I

Lot Estimate
ZAR 20 000 - 30 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 44 555

About this Item

South African 1983-
Memory and Desire I

signed and dated 18 on the reverse; accompanied by a SMAC Gallery certificate of authenticity signed and dated '18; signed, dated '17th /10/2018', and inscribed with the title and medium

indian ink, watercolour, and acrylic on cotton paper
74,5 by 55,5cm excluding frame; 83,5 by 65 by 3,5cm including frame


Mongezi Ncaphayi formed part of a cohort of artists shortlisted for the Norval Sovereign African Art Prize 2023.

Mongezi Ncaphayi was born in 1983 in Benoni in Eastern Gauteng, South Africa, where he currently lives and works. Following his graduation with a Diploma in Art & Design from the Ekurhuleni East College-Benoni in 2005, Ncaphayi completed a Professional Printmaking Course at Artist Proof Studio in 2008. In 2012, Ncaphayi obtained a Certificate in Advanced Studies from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, USA, and went on to receive multiple awards and grants, both locally and internationally. Notably, in 2013, Ncaphayi was the recipient of the prestigious Absa L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award, earning him a three-month residency at the Cité Des Arts in Paris, France. In 2011, Ncaphayi received the Ampersand Foundation Fellowship in New York City, NY, USA, and in 2016, he was awarded the Prince Claus Fund Grant in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Artist-in-residency programmes include The Atelier le Grand Village Residency in Angouleme, France, in 2014; the Thami Mnyele Foundation Residency in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 2016. In 2019, he won the Africa First Art Prize at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair, which included a fully paid 1-month residency in Israel. The works produced during the residency were first exhibited at the Tiroche Residence in Jaffa in December 2019 and then again at the VIP lounge of the ICTAF Art Fair in February 2020.

In 2016, Ncaphayi presented his inaugural solo exhibition, Spirit’s Response, which debuted at the ABSA Art Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ncaphayi has participated in a number of international group exhibitions and public art projects since the start of his career in 2006. His work is included in many important collections, including the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA; Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), Manchester, NH, USA; School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA), Boston, MA, USA; Tracker South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa; Thami Mnyele Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Bibliothéque Nationale de France, Paris, France; The Ampersand Foundation (TAF), London, UK; ABSA Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa; Cuciano Benetton Foundation, Treviso, Italy; Mastercard Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa; The Royal Portfolio Collection, Cape Town, South Africa; The Weise Collection, Stellenbosch, South Africa; and David Krut Projects, Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa, and New York City, NY, USA.


SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, 2018.

Africa First, 2023.


1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, 4 to 7 October 2018.

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