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Clifford Charles

  • CountrySouth Africa
  • Born1964


Johannesburg based artist Clifford Charles’ evocative ink drawings, chart new visual and physical spaces in post-apartheid South Africa bearing witness to the slippage, multiple layers and forgetfulness in the lived experience of postcolonial Africa. Charles was the first black student to graduate with a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Witwatersrand, during apartheid South Africa.

As one of the earliest members of the Afrika Cultural Centre, he also worked for fifteen years as an ‘artist/activist’ in unions, hospitals and other social institutions. He exhibited in the 2003 Venice Biennale and his work is held in both public and private collections.