Live Virtual Auction, 9 December 2021

Sold for

R 96 730
Lot 19
  • Athi-Patra Ruga; Somagwaza; Qabane, two
  • Athi-Patra Ruga; Somagwaza; Qabane, two
  • Athi-Patra Ruga; Somagwaza; Qabane, two

Lot Estimate
R 60 000 - 80 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 96 730

About this Item

South African 1984-
Somagwaza; Qabane, two
each numbered 1/20
stained glass panel
32 by 45cm excluding frame; 35 by 49,5cm including frame


The philosophical allure and allegorical value of utopia is central to Ruga’s practice. A mythical universe populated by characters which he creates and depicts has allowed Ruga to create a space of self-reflexivity in which political, cultural and social systems can be critiqued and parodied. Ruga uses his utopia as a lens to process the fraught history of a colonial past, to critique the present and propose a possible humanist vision for the future.


Kindly donated by the artist and WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town.

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