Absa L’Atelier Art Competition Top 10 Finalists


Every year Absa in conjunction with SANAVA ( South African National Association For Visual Arts)  host one of the biggest African art competitions. Where only young artist who are ages 21-35 can enter.Works of art where selected from different art institutes in Africa like the Mauritius pARTage , Kuona Trust from Kenya, Seychelles National art council , Nafasi Art Space , AfriArt Gallery in Uganda , Modzi Art in Zambia and Mozambique FLC Foundation and others. The selected artworks were all sent to Johannesburg for final adjudication and these are the Top 10 finalists.

  1. Bright Ackwerh- Ackwerh was born in 1989. He obtained a BFA (painting) and MFA (painting and sculpture) from KNUST. He has participated in several exhibitions in Ghana, as well as participating in the 2016 Joburg Art in South Africa and the ARTXLAGOS Art Fair in Nigeria
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  1. Maral Bolouri- Maral was born in 1982 has a BA (FA) from University of Art, as well as an MA in International Contemporary Art and Design Practice. She has participated in a number of group exhibitions in Kenya, the United States of America, Kuala Lumpur and Tehran. She was a top 100 finalist in the 2015 L’Atelier competition.
  1. Priscilla Kennedy- Priscilla was born in 1994 and she is presently studying towards a BA (FA) at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. Since 2015 she has participated in several group exhibitions in Ghana.
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  1. Banele Khoza- Khoza was born 1994. He obtained his National Diploma in FA from the Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa. Banele was a top 100 finalist in the 2015 & 16 L’Atelier competition.
  1. Dale Lawrence- Lawrence was born 1988 obtained his BA (Creative Brand Communication), specialising in Graphic Design, from AAA School of Advertising in 2009. He obtained his post-graduate Diploma in Art (New Media) from Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town in 2010. Lawrence has participated in a number of solo and group exhibitions across South Africa, as well as participating in the Cape Town and Joburg Art Fairs.
  1. Oliver Mayhew- Oliver was born in 1990. He has a double major in philosophy. He has a BA (FA) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He has participated in a number of exhibitions and art fairs across South Africa, including the L’Atelier exhibitions in 2014 and 2015.
  1. Manyatsa Monyamane- Monyamane was born in 1989. She graduated with a BTech (Photography) from Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa. Manyatsa has participated in several group exhibitions.
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  1. Wilhelmina Nell- Wilhelmina was born in 1990. She obtained her BA (FA) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2014. She was a finalist in the L’Atelier competition in 2014.
  1. Elias Njora-  Elias was born in 1992 has participated in several group exhibitions in Kenya, with his first solo exhibition presented in Nairobi, Kenya in 2016.
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  1. Ciara Struwig- Struwig was born 1983. She graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (cum laude) from UNISA, South Africa. She obtained her Masters in Visual Arts, with distinction, from the same University in 2016.
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