Kuru Art - Contemporary San Art

Ncg’abe Tãse (Nxabe)  (1956 - )
Ncg’abe is one of the first Kuru artists still with us today. She joined the Kuru Art Project in 1992 together with her close friend Cg’ose Ntcox’o. Her husband, Xgaiga Qhomatcã, is also an artist at the Kuru Art Project. Apart from visual art, Ncg’abe is a keen traditional dancer and musician and she and Xgaiga are founder members of the Nharo Giraffe Dance Group. Although she also makes beautiful linoleum prints, etchings and lithographs, Ncg’abe prefers to work with oil paint on canvas. The large-scale canvasses give her more freedom and directness, which is difficult to get with the printmaking techniques. She loves the strange combinations of plants, birds and other creatures like snakes and insects on her canvasses. The leaves, twigs and creatures in her art sometimes form abstract patterns with great appeal. She also depicts beadwork patterns and the patterns on the shaved skin aprons, which she remembers her grandmothers had made.

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Ntcisa Kase 1966
Born in 1966 Ntcisa grew up on the farms in the Ghanzi District. She decides to become an artist at the Kuru Art Project in the beginning of 2018. She loves most to work in oil paint on canvas and has tried her hand at a few linocuts. Therefore she had a chance to have some of her work exhibited at the exhibition: Off Elands and Giraffes and Tea cups and Helicopters ..................and the First Peoples of the Kalahari, at the National Museum in Gaborone in November 2018.

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Qgam Khãx’a (1965 - )
Born in the Ghanzi district, Qgam joined the Kuru Art Project in 1997. Through his art, he portrays a deep knowledge of the animals, the veld and the traditions of his people. He is a good traditional dancer and often takes part in dance ceremonies in the village. Along with the other Kuru artists, his work has been exhibited worldwide. He attended the Thapong International Artists workshop in Botswana in 1999 and found it a very enriching experience. He enjoyed working with different artists but seems not to have been influenced by their styles, which differs widely from his own.

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Qgocgae Cao (Sara) (1931 - )
Sara counts herself as one of the first in her generation who have worked and earned a living on one of the freehold farms in the Ghanzi District. Her parents still lived as hunter-gatherers. She recalls that she still dressed in her traditional skin clothes in those years. Sara has seen many things change during her life and she now enjoys the way the women artists gather in the studio to talk and at the same time let their creativity run wild with the bright colours on the clean white canvasses. She loves to depict the things that matters to her, like her San tradition and the world where she now lives.

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Qhaqhoo Xare (1971 -)
Qhaqhoo joined the Kuru Art Project as a young teenager in 1991 as one of the first artists of the project. Through the years he maintained a style with clear cut edges and clean flat spaces. His work reflects a simplicity that is peculiar to him. In his simplified animal and plant forms lies a resemblance to the rock art that was done centuries ago by his ancestors. His work has been received favorably and has been exhibited together with other Kuru Art worldwide. Qhaqhoo was invited to participate in the Intergrafia’94 World Award Winners Gallery, in Katowice, Poland and in Ronneby, Sweden. His work was also accepted for the MTG’94 (International Print Triennial) Krakow, Poland, Intergrafia ’94, Branska Bystrica, Slovakia and Print Triennial ’94, Consumenta’95 in Nuremberg, Germany.

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