Botes, Conrad
Born 1969 in Ladismith, South Africa
Works and lives in Cape Town, South Africa
Conrad Botes’ work is characterised by satire which he channels into his painting, printmaking and comix, and often directs at South African society, politics and religion. In 1992, he founded his own underground comics journal, Bitterkomix, with his good friend Anton Kannemeyer. The first strip, published in an anti-establishment Afrikaner journal, set the tone for much of what was to come: scathing satires of the Afrikaner society in which Kannemeyer and Botes grew up. Botes was the recipient of the 2004 Absa l'Atelier award, and in 2009 he was festival artist at Aardklop in Potchefstroom. Group exhibitions include Victims and Martyrs, Gothenburg Kunsthalle, Gothenburg (2011); Peekaboo: Current South Africa, Tennis Palace Art Museum, Helsinki (2010); the 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010); ... for those who live in it: Pop culture, politics and strong voices, MU Eindhoven (2010); the third Guangzhou Triennial (2008); Africa Comics, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2007); the 2006 Havana Biennale and Edging Forward, New Prints, International Print Centre, New York (2018).
Conrad Botes, Anarchist, 2017, Wood and bronze, 75 x 29 cm, Edition of 12. Courtesy Huberty & Breyne Gallery