Frans Thoka

Frans Thoka

Bio

Born in Polokwane, Limpopo in 1997, Frans Moshimanyana Thoka is an emerging contemporary artist. He attended and obtained his BA in Visual Art from the University of Johannesburg; however, he regards himself as a self-thought artist.

Thoka’s work revolves around the concept of being humane, or rather, common humanity in a shared universe, and reinforces the need for dignity and kindness.

Thoka’s artistic approach is personal, reflecting the trials and tribulations of his upbringing. He uses references to prison and Basotho blankets as his medium, which emphasizes the bare necessities available and reminds the onlooker of the reality of the marginalized.

1997 Born Polokwane, Limpopo, South Africa

Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa

 

Education

Obtained his BA in Visual Art from the University of Johannesburg.

 

Group Exhibitions

2019 University of Johannesburg’s Best of the Best, Gerard Sekoto Gallery (Johannesburg)

‘Spring Show’, Gallery at Grande Provence (Cape Town)

Parkview Art Exhibition (Heritage Day), Parkwords – Parkview Literary Festival (Johannesburg)

Art of Dining (Winter Collection). ZIO La Famiglia (Johannesburg).

‘Ke Nako’, AGOG Gallery (Johannesburg)

‘Winter Show’, Gallery at Grande Provence (Cape Town)

Breaking Down Walls, Association of Art Pretoria (Pretoria).

2018 Limpopo Annual Artist Exhibition, Polokwane Art Museum (Polokwane)

University of Johannesburg’s ‘Best of the Best’, Gerard Sekoto Gallery (Johannesburg)

Sacred Place of Belonging, Gaslamp Gallery, (Johannesburg).

Sasol New Signatures Finalist, Pretoria Art Museum (Pretoria)

2017 Self, University of Johannesburg (APB Campus – Johannesburg).

Collaborations

Vodacom Durban July 2019 International Show, Greyville Race Coarse (Durban).

Publications

Rapport Newspaper (22 August 2020) (page 15)

African Politics and Policy international newsletter (issue 35).

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