Kuru Art - Contemporary San Art

Sobe Qaragae ( 1974 - )
Sobe worked for many years making sand candles with Kalahari Sandworks, a project producing crafts in D'Kar. He has a great talent for drawing and the intricate patterns he carved on the candles showed a creativity that could not be missed. In 2018 Sobe wanted to expand his field and joined the Kuru Art Project as an artist, where he is now making his first lino cuts and oil paintings.

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Thamae Kaashe (1979 -)
Thamae’s artistic career started when he joined the Kuru Art Project as an artist in 1990. Since then his work developed through different stages, from fantastic swirling compositions in his early years to colourful work with a lot of small detail, to art representing social and environmental issues such as the linocuts which won him the first prizes in Botswana’s National President’s competitions for 2013 and 2014. He often paints extremely large canvasses but he also enjoys making lino prints, etchings and lithographs. The process of mono printing suits his specific style very well. Together with the Kuru art project Thama’s work had been exhibited worldwide.

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Xaga Tcuixgao (1956 -)
X’aga was born in the Ghanzi District, Botswana, where her people lived as hunter-gatherers. As a child she loved to join her mother and the other women to gather tubers, berries and other veldfood in the wide Kalahari veld.Her art career started when she joined the Kuru Art Project in 1997. Her favorite subjects are the things she remembers from her childhood. The veldfood, birds and small animals like tortoises and beetles still fascinate her. For Xaga and the other women artists at Kuru, the tubers, berries and edible plants from the Kalahari, symbolise times of abundance and prosperity for their people.Xaga works in a spontaneous and direct way from memory. She has no specific colour preference and chooses colours at random depending on her mood. Her work ranges from large bold canvasses to smaller lino prints and fine sensitive line and hand-coloured etchings.

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Xgaiga Qhomatcã (1947 - )
Born on one of the freehold farms in the Ghanzi district, Xgaiga was schooled in farm work since a very young age. During those years the farms were not fenced. There were many wild animals and he often went hunting with his father and grandfather. He remembers seeing herds of springbok, gemsbok and giraffes on the farms, where today only an occasional kudu, steenbok or duiker can be seen. He also encountered lions and leopards and sometimes during a very good rainy season, elephants would wander from Lake Ngami into the Ghanzi farming areas. Today, Xgaiga is well known for his knowledge of the veld and the San culture and is an outstanding performer and instructor of their traditional dances, games, stories and music. He started his career as a visual artist in 1997, when he joined the Kuru Art Project.

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Xgara Qoma  ( 1952 - )
Although he was born in D’Kar, Xgara spend his childhood on different farms in the area. Growing older, he worked as a farm labourer putting up fences. Apart from his artistic talent Xgara is also a good musician and traditional dancer. He loves the traditional music of his people and is a very good thump piano player. On the farms he learned to play the guitar and even played in a group providing music for dancing during New Year’s parties on the large free hold farms in past years. In 1997 he returned to D’Kar where he became a member of the Naro Giraffe Dance Group, a traditional dance group performing in D’Kar and for tourists in the area. Over the past years, he got several prizes for his music in the regional competitions for the Ghanzi district. In 2018 he got the chance he was waiting for, when he was accepted as an artist in the Kuru Art Project. He feels that he has to learn a lot more as an artist although his work display great originality and promise. He took part in the exhibition “Off Elands and giraffes and helicopters and tea cups …………… and the first peoples of the Kalahari” in November 2018.

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