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 92 000
Lot 89
  • Blessing Ngobeni; Democracy You Sucked
  • Blessing Ngobeni; Democracy You Sucked
  • Blessing Ngobeni; Democracy You Sucked

Lot Estimate
ZAR 80 000 - 120 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 92 000

About this Item

South African 1985-
Democracy You Sucked

signed, dated 19, and inscribed with the title in pencil in the margin

watercolour monotype on paper
106 by 78cm excluding frame; 120,5 by 92,5 by 5cm including frame


Blessing Ngobeni was born in the small rural town of Tzaneen, Limpopo. At the age of ten, he moved to Johannesburg where, after a tumultuous decade, he entered the contemporary art scene. Bringing with him a unique style and a critique of political regimes, Ngobeni has made the corruption, incompetence, and duplicity of the current South African ruling elite the subject of his work. Ngobeni has received many accolades on his artistic merit, most notably the Reinhold Cassirer Award (2011); the Impact Award, Arts and Culture Trust (2013); the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans (2013); and the Standard Bank Young Artist Award (2020). Ngobeni has held numerous solo exhibitions both locally and abroad and enjoys regular appearances at the Joburg and Cape Town Art Fairs. His artworks have been featured internationally at the EXPO Chicago (2017 and 2018) and PULSE Miami Beach (2018), both in the United States. The Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize – an award that is aimed at assisting young and emerging visual artists – was launched by the artist in 2016.

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