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Thabiso Dakamela

Thabiso Dakamela LAE LAEHQ Living Artists Emporium

Thabiso is an urban born and raised visual artist based in Johannesburg. Born to a Ndebele mother and a Venda father. The artist’s inspiration owes much to the day to day lives in the inner city. A sharp observer and social commentator with an amazing gift in analysis of present surroundings and its influences on life. Despite his ability to work in so many mediums, Thabiso prefers acrylic, charcoal and oils. His work blends abstract and realistic features in an impasto presentation to make it unique and peculiar.

Amidst today’s toils and hustles, he portrays positivity through women and children as these two social groups have been on the rise in recent decades. His work is rich in short series and subtext thoughts that evoke feelings and emotions that encourage positive graces in his audience. The whole essence of living is to make someone else feel alive as well!


2019 – LAE Group exhibition –– “Contemporary African Art meets European Design” – European Light & Design Centre

2019 – Group Exhibition – “Africa’s Art Collective Seasons Spring 2019” – The Mall of Africa

2019 – The Art Project Group Exhibition – “Moving Into Dance” – AGOG Gallery

2019 – Turbine Art Fair

2019 – Group Exhibition – “City of Tshwane Youth Day Art Expo” – The South African Creative Industries

2019 – Group Exhibition – “Africa’s Art Collective Seasons Autumn 2019” – The Mall of Africa

2019 – LAE Group Exhibition –– “African Influences” – The Hyatt Regency Hotel Rosebank

2019 – Group Exhibition – Curated by Leigh Rein – Werksmans Sandton

2018 – LAE Group Exhibition – “Thebe Ya Mosadi – She is Power” – Urban Tree Sandton

2018 – LAE Group Exhibition – “FNB Early Childhood Development Fundraiser” – FNB Private Wealth Sandton

2017 – IDC gallery group exhibition with Mpumalanga Traditional Art Market

2017 – Group Exhibition – Pan African Show

2016 – Group Exhibition – Stephen Welz & Co – Sandton

2015 – Group Exhibition – “Light the flame foundation” – Gateway Hotel