Kuru Art - Contemporary San Art

    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.

    Gamnqoa Kukama

(1955 - )

Gamnqoa (the heel or hock of a lion) found in his art a meaningful link to his past. It enlivens memories that would otherwise have been lost or dwell in his mind only. He grew up in a hunter-gatherer lifestyle and worked as farm labourer before his involvement in art. He started his career as an artist with the Kuru Art Project in 1997. He is well known for his oil paintings and linocuts of animals full of movement and flexibility.

    Cgoma Simon

(1958 - )

Cgoma was born on a farm in the Ghanzi district and lived most of her life in D’Kar, where her parents moved when she was still a small girl. She loves to be creative and used to make ostrich eggshell bead work and even tried her hand at fabric painting and embroidery before becoming an artist. She enjoys her art and is happy that it is not a job she is forced to do, but that she can work on it whenever she likes.

    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.

    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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