Sculpture is the quintessential African art form. In this category we celebrate sculptors who creatively expand our conceptions of form and subject matter, and utilise materials in original and innovative ways.

Nadhipa  Mntambo

Nandhipa  Mntambo is a South African artists who has become famous for her sculptures, video and photographs that focus on the human female body and identity by using natural, organic materials. In 2005 she was the recipient of the Brett Kebble Art Awards Curatorial Fellowship; in 2006 she was one of five young artists selected for the MTN new contemporaries exhibition; and in 2011 was the winner of the Standard Bank Yound Artist Award for visual art. She has received commissions from Nedbank and the Gulbenkain Foundation, Portugal

Jane Alexander

Jane Alexander is a sculptor whose works comment on current sociopolitical issues in South Africa. Her work is always related to the human figure as she is interested in the anatomy as a form of expression. Probably her most famous piece 'Butcher Boys' is part of the permanent collection of the South African National Gallery. She has exhibited internationally, and is the winner of several prestigious awards including the National Fine Arts Student Competition Award, the Standard Bank Young Artist Award, and the FNB Vita Art Now Award.

Usha Seejarim

Usha Seejarim has had several solo exhibitions and has participated in various group exhibitions and art projects locally and internationally. She works in a variety of media including video, photography, installation and printmaking. In 2001, Seejarim was a co-winner of the MTN New Contemporaries Award and, in 2003, she was the recipient of an Ampersand Fellowship, which took her to New York City. In 2002 she curated the exhibition, Beyond Barriers, for the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Her public commissions include Pin Code for MTN, Johannesburg, and Sequence City, How Latitudes Become Forms for the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in the US. Seejarim lives and works in Johannesburg.

SCULPTURE    |   2013 NOMINEES