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Patrick Mautloa

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Kagiso Patrick “Pat” Mautloa, born in Ventersdorp, Western Transvaal) is a multi-media visual artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 1985, the year of South African State of Emergency, Mautloa formed the artist’s residency, Thupelo Workshops, in Cape Town with David Koloane and Bill Ainslie, supported by Triangle Network, FUBA, FUNDA and the Johannesburg Art Foundation


Although Mautloa lives in and is inspired by Alexandra, his studio is at The Bag Factory, the Johannesburg member of The Triangle Network. He and Sam Nhlengethwa were invited to be the first residents of The Bag Factory when David Koloane and Robert Loder created it as an area free of racial segregation during Apartheid  in 1991. Some of Mautloa’s other studio mates were William Kentridge, Helen Sebidi, Penny Siopis, Wayne Barker, Benon Lutaaya and Deborah Bell. Mautloa is now a board member for The Bag Factory.


Mautloa was awarded a residency as part of the Triangle Workshop, which hosts international artists in an intensive two-week programme based in upstate New York, founded by sculptor, Sir Anthony Caro. In 1991, Mautloa won the Vita Art Award. In 2008 he was an Artist-in-Residence at Nirox Arts and in 2012 at National School of the Arts in Johannesburg where he led a multi-media mural workshop. In 2014 Mashumi Art Projects and Eyethu Centre in Soweto featured a retrospective of his work.


He works both figuratively and abstractly, using not only traditional painting, drawing and print materials but often integrating found objects as substrates and sculptural assemblage elements, having made numerous sculptural monuments with the same. He made a series of masks in 2016 inspired by the diversity of people in South Africa for a public installation at the 1:54 Art Fair, an exhibition that drew from fifty-four countries in a contemporary dialogue.


Mautloa’s work is owned by numerous public collections including Iziko South African National Gallery, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Pretoria Art Museum, International Bank for Development and Reconstruction, University of Zululand, University of Fort Hare, Sasol Corporate Collection, The Spier Art Collection, SABC Collection and Readers Digest amongst others. Mautloa has shown at Goodman Gallery as well. He says, “the good thing about this [being an artist] is that you don’t retire. You paint up until the last mark you can ever make in your life.”