Kuru Art - Contemporary San Art

Jan Tcega John (1968 - )
Jan grew up in D’Kar and started his art career with the Kuru Art Project in January 2005. Before that he worked as a mechanic at a motor mechanics firm. He is a very dedicated artist and specifically enjoys printmaking. In his earlier years he used to make wood carvings which he sold to tourists and craft buyers. At the moment he is one of the most popular Kuru artists. He is very dedicated and not afraid to try new techniques and ideas.

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Kg'akg'am Tshabu (1944 - )
Born in Ghanzi, Kg’akg’am moved to D’Kar later in her life, with her father and children and joined the Kuru Art Project in January 2005. Kg’akg’am loves to work with paint on canvas and enjoys very bright and vibrant contrasting colours. Her subjects vary between traditional life of her people and the natural environment. Apart from painting she also loves printmaking.She stated that her art gives her confidence and had made a changer to her life. While working on her art she often remembers the things her ancestors talked about, like how they survived in the past as hunter gatherers.

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Lessie Morris (1976 - )
Lessie grew up in D'Kar where she still lives today. She worked as craft shop assistant at the Kuru Development Trust from 1898 - 2002. She was then transferred to the Kuru Art Project as administrative assistant where she is still working today. Inspired by the art she is working with daily, she started to paint in her free time. Her first painting was sold at the exhibit the Kuru Art Project has at the end of 2017 in Santa Cruz, USA.

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Ncaote Thama (1973 - )
“I do not really know what art is”, says Ncaote. “ I just do it and I find I like it.” Ncaote joined the Kuru Art Project in the beginning of 2010. She loves the Kalahari bush passionately. She lived previously in the settlement of Rooibrak on the very edge of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, where she met and married the late Kuru artists Thamae Setshogo. Together they had three children. It was Thamae’s love of the art and his beautiful paintings that intrigued her and caused her to try it as well. Since Ncaote joined the project she had made beautiful paintings and linocuts that tells of her love and knowledge of the Kalahari.

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Ncõx’ae Cukuri ( 1963 - )
Nconxae grew up on a farm close to D’Kar. She enjoyed life on the farm, but growing older there were no opportunities for her to work there. She came to live in D’Kar as a young woman with one child. Today she has ten children and still lives in D’Kar where she is happy. In D’Kar she eventually went to a workshop at the Kuru Art Project, to learn how to paint on cloth. She became skilled in the flour resist method which characterised most of her cloths. In later years she also experimented to embroider on the painted cloths with tiny stiches. These made the most exquisite pieces. She won a first prize in the Botswana National Art and Craft competitions for the region around Ghanzi in 2018.

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