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Joseph Manana

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About Joseph

1987: Community Art Workshop (teaching Methodology Course 2nd prize)
1991: Natal Bienniale (3rd prize)
1993: KFC Calendar Competition (1st prize)
1997: Inkathi "Bridging the Gap" (2nd prize)
1997: Galousie "Freedom of Expression" Art Competition (3rd prize)
1998: Blue Ribbon Flour Award
2001: Duomo Calendar participant

Durban Art Gallery
The Jo Thorpe Collection, Campbell Collections, Durban
NPA Museum Services. Pietermaritzburg
Africaner Museum Johannesburg - mural
Anant Singh Collection Private Collection
Kwa-Muhle Museum Durban,
Margate Art Gallery, Margate
Durban Institute of Technology, Art Collection,
S.A. Breweries, Durban
Technikon Gallery, Pietermaritzburg
Bruce Campbell-Smith, Cape Town

Commissions :
1996 Mural in Bizana, Transkei, Roman Catholic Church
1997 Mural Taxi Rank, Old Fort Road, Durban
1998 Mural at Durban Airport, for Durban Metro Council
1998 Mural for Cash & Carry at Ulundi, KwaZulu Natal
Murals at Azazel Institute, house 'Bloupiet', Umhlanga, Durban Murals at the Amphitheatre, Backpackers, Bergville, Drakensberg, Kwa-Zulu Natal
Murals at Portnet, Durban
Murals at Thekwini Junction, Small Business Development Centre, Durban
2002 Mural for Cuban Government, sent by the Department of Art, & Culture, Science and Technology
2003 Murals for Cell C, Durban
2003 Murals at the Muthi Market, Berea Station, Durban
2003 Cover of Woolworths carrier bags
2003 Mural for high school, Schulxentrums Obervieland Gymnasiums, in Bremen Germany, part of a Durban/Bremen artist exchange programme

"Since art was not taken seriously in the past years and as a student in those days, I never thought I would become an artist, because people believed that once you completed your matric, you had to find a job, so that you could earn a good salary.

I decided to take art seriously, after I became close friends with Trevor Makhoba, Thami Jali, George Msimang and Terry-anne Stevenson. Through their belief in art and my own experience, I was inspired. I believe that this is one of the reasons that I became a successful artist."

Thami and I started exhibiting at 38 Essex Road (Cultural Eve), where we invited all artists as well as businessmen, especially "black" Africans who were not fully involved with visual art. From that idea, it brought a lot of change into my life, because there were a lot of parents who wanted to
introduce their young talented children to me, as well as artists themselves who wanted advice. I knew that I was talented, but I did not know whether I could give them enough help. I then decided to go to The Durban Institute of Technology Fine Art Department to get formal training.
My aim was to become a lecturer, although it did not go as planned. The Change in my life really started when I was given an opportunity to attend workshops at Makere University in Uganda and overseas. Through the experiences I gained from meeting different artists from other countries, I decided not to lose my own ideas. My own art is based on my culture and
reality. My dream was fulfilled when I was given the chance to teach The Velobala Group classes. For me, it was a good sign for coming closer to my goals, because my biggest dream is to help young artists to improve their talent.
By doing so, my experience of art has also changed. I have learnt to trust myself more than before. My involvement with the Community Art Mural Project, gave me more ideas for freedom of expression such as human rights,voter education etc. I take art as another way of educating people and also to give an awareness of what is wrong or right. Art be my voice."

Price Range

US$ 179-413



1989: Vulamehlo (Dbn Art Gallery/ Alliance Francaise: Group)
1991: Livings Arts (AAC/ Durban Playhouse, group Exhibition)
1993: Yesterday Today tomorrow (AAC, group exhibition)
1996: Shosholoza - African Art Centre with George Msimang
1996: Transport Exhibition "Izithuthi" Natal Technikon Gallery
1997: Durban meets Stuttgart
1997: Inkathi "Bridging the Gap"
1998: Siyavuma -" We Agree" NSA Galleries/African Art Centre
2001: JABULISA, Durban Art Gallery
2001: "Heritage Day", Group Exhibition, Durban Art Gallery
2003: "KZN Veterans", Group Exhibition, Durban Art Gallery
2003: Coppin Johnson Gallery, group exhibition
2004" The African Art Centre, Durban


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