neo matloga neo to love

Neo Matloga (South Africa, 1993) lives and works in Amsterdam, where he had a two-year residency at De Ateliers. In 2018 he won the Royal Prize for Modern Painting. The jury called him a storyteller with guts. Early this year Matloga was also nominated for the Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs 2019. His collage paintings reflect on love, intimacy and family life after apartheid and is portrayed in black, grey and white tones. In his large paintings he tries to bring to life missing elements in Western history. The exhibition neo to love is his first solo museum exhibition and can be seen in the Fries Museum from 20th April to 18th August 2019.

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artist portrait, exhibition video

Neo to love presents new life-size works by the young artist, which depict socially confirmed scenes from his childhood. His intimate paintings, drawings and collages portray people having conversations, dancing or showing affection in turbulent times: all universal social expressions. Matloga questions notions of what is normal and what is exotic, a criterion that is strongly influenced by Western perception. He has created the new works especially for the exhibition in the Fries Museum. Inspired by a visit to Rembrandt & Saskia: Love in the Dutch Golden Age, he immersed himself in the theme of intimacy during the 17th century. With his new works Neo Matloga fantasises about the impact he would have had as a painter in Rembrandt’s time.

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