a portrait image of an artist Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi painting in her studio

Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi

Gymnastic performance as allegory for artistic practice.

"The future of our world relies on people working together and not against one another."

While Nkosi is best known as a painter, her practice spans multiple mediums including film, installation and performance. In her paintings, clean, geometric blocks depict scenes of people and architecture in the artists’ signature colour palette of calming pastel tones. Nkosi uses oil on canvas, carefully layering her compositions over time in a process she likens to meditation...

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Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, born 1980, was raised between New York, USA; Harare, Zimbabwe and Johannesburg, South Africa - where she lives today.

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The artist was born into exile. Her father was a member of the Pan Africanist Congress and the narrative she grew up with was that her family were in America waiting to return home to South Africa, a parallel life waiting in another country. Understandably, her work has been informed by subjects of race, place and identity.


Works featured in collections around the world including the Dean Collection, USA, the University of Cape Town Art Collection, South Africa, and the Nando’s Collection, UK.

Collaborations with Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi