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Conrad Botes



On the occasion of the first New York edition of the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair hosted by Pioneer Works, painter, print-maker, and comic artist Conrad Botes talks with Jake Nussbaum about how he channels political satire on South African race-relations, religion, and violence into his art.

Conrad Botes was born in 1969 in Ladismith, Western Cape, and lives in Cape Town. He has an MA Fine Arts from the University of Stellensbosch (1997) and a Diploma in Second Phase Illustration from the Koninklijke Akademie voor Beeldende Kunsten, Den Haag, Netherlands (1994). His comix have been published in the Bitterkomix series, alongside those of his frequent collaborator Anton Kannemeyer, since the early 1990s. In 2004 Botes won the Absa l'Atelier award, and in 2009 he was festival artist at Aardklop in Potchefstroom.
 

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