Beautiful, colourful artwork by Athi-Patra Ruga

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Thursday 19 December 2013

Exploring the ‘border-zones between fashion, performance and contemporary art,’ Athi-Patra Ruga makes work that ‘exposes and subverts the body in relation to structure, ideology and politics.’ Born Umtata in 1984, this South African artist creates art that creates a world where ‘cultural identity is no longer determined by geographical origins, ancestry or biological disposition’ with bright, beautiful color, dream-like scenes and mythical creatures.

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Dark humour illustrations by Arteechoke Studios

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By Ben Winfield in New Illustration on Friday 7 December 2012

Arteechoke Studios is my freelance illustration studio, based in Cape Town. It is a place of continual experimentation, featuring digital paintings, maniacal sketchbook doodles, and a comic in the early stages of production. My work generally contains elements of the macabre with a splash of humour thrown in for good measure.

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The Black Heart Gang’s Tale Of How animation

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By Dont Panic in Video on Wednesday 28 January 2009

The Black Heart Gang are a group of South African artists who have created a fantastic hand drawn animation, visually inspired by eastern art. The Tale of How is a story about a giant octupus whose desire is to consume every dodo resembling bird there is in sight, until Eddy the Engineer — a little […]

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Robin Rhode

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By Tracey Samuelson in New Art on Wednesday 23 April 2008

There’s a lot I could say about South African artist Robin Rhode.  But to simply say that he’s endlessly cool pretty much sums it up. In fact, he’s so cool that Nike’s been accused of ripping off one of his pieces for a television ad (can you say plagiarism: just don’t do it?)

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Mira Calix

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By Zolton in New Music on Wednesday 31 January 2007

We love the music of South African-born, London-based producer Mira Calix. It’s rustic, cerebral and slow-building, kinda like that first slither of daylight that stirs the morning heartbeat. We interviewed her recently about her new album, Eyes Set Against The Sun.

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