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Neo Image Matloga

Charcoal and collage choreograph nostalgic portraits of the everyday.

"I am hoping the audience will see their emotions, their experiences, their spirits living on my canvases."

Neo Image Matloga paints intimate domestic scenes that dramatise the minutiae of life in South Africa. His ‘collage paintings’ use ink, charcoal and found photographs of friends, family and prolific South African figures to reflect on social and political topics of past and present. An atmospheric greyscale palette is punctuated by the artist’s high contrast treatment of light and shadow, drawing...

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Neo Image Matloga was born in 1993 in Mamaila, South Africa, and now lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands.


In 2021, he was awarded the ABN AMRO Art Prize, having also received the Netherlands Royal Award for Modern Painting in 2018. The jury of the latter described him as "a storyteller with guts".


His work is featured in collections around the world including the South African Embassy, Washington DC; the KRC Collection and Fries Museum, both in the Netherlands and the Dean Collection, New York.

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