Immigrants at the border by Adolf Tega 29 July 2014
An exhibition by Adolf Tega opens at Worldart’s Black Box gallery in Cape Town on Thursday 7 August.
Immigrants at the border, a body of paintings that explores the density and scale of people moving across borders in search for a better life, will be his first solo exhibition.
Tega, whose family moved from Zambia to Zimbabwe when he was a child, obtained a Diploma in Fine Art from the Zimbabwe National Gallery in 2006. In 2007, he won The Best Young Artist award from The Delta Gallery in Harare and later that year moved to Cape Town where he joined the Good Hope Art Studios in the Castle. Here he worked with artists like Ayanda Mabulu and Dion Cupido. In 2010 he was given his first exhibition in Cape Town by the AVA Gallery.
Tega uses a mixture of oil paint and sand to create textured paintings populated densely with his subject matter. This style is effective in conveying his fascination with the faceless and often disregarded masses that populate our environment in search for a better life.
The exhibition co-insides with the monthly First Thursday event during which many businesses and art galleries in Cape Town’s city centre stay open till 9pm.