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 58 625
Lot 21
  • Banele Khoza; Projecting Myself
  • Banele Khoza; Projecting Myself
  • Banele Khoza; Projecting Myself

Lot Estimate
ZAR 50 000 - 70 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 58 625

About this Item

Swazi/South African 1994-
Projecting Myself

inscribed 'when you thought you never had a chance’ and dated 2018-19 and inscribed with the artist’s name, title, and medium on a label adhered to the reverse; accompanied by a BKhz by Banele Khoza certificate of authenticity, signed, dated '31 July 2019', inscribed with the title and medium

acrylic and acrylic ink on canvas
149 by 99,5cm excluding frame; 154 by 103,5cm including frame


"With Projecting Myself the artwork was derived in layers and in different moments, it began as an abstract work that I did not want to interrupt for a while, it was a pink composition that was interrupted by a black blotch of ink. 2-3 months later, while having a seating with Lerato Masters, his aura and mood seemed fitting to be." —Banele Khoza, 2019.

Banele Khoza was born in 1994 in Hlatikulu, Swaziland and moved to South Africa in 2008 for school. In 2011, he enrolled at the London International School of Fashion for a year where he studied Fashion Design. Khoza returned in 2012 and studied Fine Arts at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), which he completed in 2014, followed by a BTech in Fine Arts the following year. He was a lecturer in Drawing and Art Theory at TUT and is now a full-time artist based in Pretoria.

Khoza believes that he experiences a greater sense of freedom living in South Africa – as opposed to staying in Swaziland. He explains, “There is a rich culture and appreciation of the Arts in this country and it inspires me further. I would have been in a box if I was based in Swaziland – however, living in South Africa has allowed me to create my own identity that knows of no boundaries.” Romantic and dreamlike in quality, Khoza’s abstract figurative works challenge the idea of gender norms; investigating identity and masculinity. He frequently subverts the traditional idea of the use of pink and blue as associated with females and males, respectively.

In 2017, Khoza won the Gerard Sekoto Award, which provided him with a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. The following year, he opened his own design workshop and gallery space, BKhz Studio, in Johannesburg. He has featured in numerous solo and group shows, including the solo exhibition LGBQTI+: Banele Khoza at Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town in 2018.


BKhz by Banele Khoza, Johannesburg, 2019.

Africa First, 2023.


Absa Art Gallery, Johannesburg, Seeking Love, 18 March to 26 April 2019.

Durban Art Gallery, Durban, Seeking Love, 21 May to 22 June 2019.

Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein, Seeking Love, 2 July to 21 July 2019.

Bird Street Gallery, Port Elizabeth, Seeking Love, 1 August to 21 August 2019.

University of Stellenbosch Museum, Stellenbosch, Seeking Love, 12 September to 12 October 2019.

North West University Gallery, Potchefstroom, Seeking Love, 17 October 2019.

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