Thabiso Phepeng is a South African born Zurich based artist. His aesthetic is grounded in abstract art - and has forged an inventive path to marry and collapse hierarchies between painting, graffiti, tradition, modernity, and the sublime. Traditional Sotho and Ndebele elements of wall painting is discernible in his work, yet it never becomes obsessive for he is able to connect that with his grasp of forms, concepts, and experiments of the western canon. His own unique multicultural perspective guides his art practice.
Born in 1981 and now currently living in Zürich since Dec. 2014, having spent most of his life in South Africa, He started painting and drawing formally at the age of 11 in Thaba-Nchu, a small township town in the former landlocked Country of Bophuthatswana ( Disbanded in 1994) in an institution called Mmabana Arts and Cultural Centre. In 1999 he then went on to study a Fine Art (NDip) in Tshwane University of Technology (Pretoria, South Africa). Ever since then to date he continues to practice the discipline, as the journey goes he draws a mix of influences from his experiences, surroundings, living space, relationships, and family.
Exhibited at Andermatt, CH, Zumschwarzenbaren, and Crown Hotel 2023,
Vernice Gallery, Zurich 2021, Exhibited at Salon Mondial Basel 2021, Exhibited at Andermatt 2021, Exhibited at BAM, Maaghalle, Zurich 2020, Exhibited at Gallery Le-Sud, Zürich 2018, Performance Art Ambossrampe, Zurich 2019, Exhibited at The Bite, Zürich 2017, Exhibited at Kafi Schoffel, Zürich 2017, Exhibited at Fritz86, Zürich 2016, Exhibited at Kafi Schoffel, Zürich 2016, Exhibited at Wessel Snyman Creative, Cape Town 2011, Performance art “Colour for the sake of Colour” House 22, Pretoria 2010. Café del Khuze, Pretoria 2009. Exhibited and Won the Macufe Art Competition, Bloemfontein, ZA 2006, Exhibited De Beers, City Hall, Pretoria 2002.
© Thabiso Phepeng | 2023 - Studio - ZH
© Thabiso Phepeng | 2023 - Photo by Chris Garside