Joseph Manana

Date of Birth: 1963
Place of Birth: Weenen, KwaZulu Natal

He grew up in the Escourt and has been practicing as an artist since the 1980s. Joseph began as a self taught and after being awarded the Tito Zungu Trust Fund; he enrolled at Durban University of Technology (Formerly The Natal Technikon) for a Diploma in Fine Arts. Prior to obtaining his Diploma ha had participated in group exhibitions nationally and internationally.

He had also taken part in art residency programs and traveled to Europe. Joseph has fulfilled numerous mural painting commissions; in Durban his paintings are visibly decorating walls of this city.

  1991: M.L Sultan: Graphic Design Bridging Course. (P.R.I.D.E)
  1992: M L Sultan: Graphic Design Dip. - 1st year.
  1999: Selected to attend the UNESCO 3-week design workshop at Makere University in Kampala, Uganda
  1999: Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington, and U.S.A.
   2000: Caen, Normandy, France mural for S.A. Pavilion
   2000: 1st year fine art Natal Technikon
   2000: taught at Velobabla Group, textile and design
   2001: 2nd year fine art Natal Technikon
   2002: 3rd year fine art Natal Technikon
   2006: Participated in the Thupelo Residency Programme
   2009: Teaching Art at Mqhawe High school in Mzinyathi in Durban


    1989: Vulamehlo (Dbn Art Gallery/ Alliance Francaise: Group)
    1991: Livings Arts (AAC/ Durban Playhouse, group Exhibition)
    1993: Yesterday Today tomorrow (AAC, group exhibition)
    1996: Shosholoza - African Art Centre with George Msimang
   1996: Transport Exhibition “Izithuthi” Natal Technikon Gallery
   1997: Durban meets Stuttgart
   1997: Inkathi “Bridging the Gap”
   1998: Siyavuma -” We Agree” NSA Galleries/African Art Centre
   2001: JABULISA, Durban Art Gallery
   2001: “Heritage Day”, Group Exhibition, Durban Art Gallery    
   2003: “KZN Veterans”, Group Exhibition, Durban Art Gallery
   2007: ‘Sekusile’ Solo Exhibition, African Art Centre, Durban
   2009: Group exhibition at Gallery 415, Durban
2011: Group exhibition at Gallery 415, Durban
2012:  Places and Spaces, Group     Exhibition at the African Art Centre
  2014: ‘Retroactive’ a street art project and exhibition (KZNSA Gallery)

Community Workshops

2010:  Facilitating ‘Khanya Khwezi Art Project’ in Ntuzuma Township funded by GWI project associate INK project and Thekwini Municipality 

2010: Designed and Installed Mosaic Poles upgrading the Berea market on Berea Market in Brooklyn Street Durban  (Badshapeer Project)

2010 - 2012: Facilitated Drawing Classes at the INK Project in Ntuzuma
2012-2013: Coordinated project for Children Rights Association at the BAT Centre painting murals and banners on children rights
2012-2013: Coordinated Sixteen Days of Activism at the BAT Centre painting murals and banners on children rights 
2013: UMlazi Department of Education Skills Training Programme: Painting Module   


1989: Resistance Art Book
1994: It’s Never too Early (Jo Thorpe book )
2004: Work Shown at the Art Roots Magazine
2006: Woolworths Carrier Bags
2007 and 2008: Revisions: Expanding the Narrative of South African Art
2012: Visual Century South African Art in Context


1987: Community Art Workshop (teaching Methodology Course 2nd prize)
1991: Natal Bienniale (3rd prize)
1993: KFC Calendar Competition (1st prize)
1997: Inkathi “Bridging the Gap” (2nd prize)
1997: Galousie “Freedom of Expression” Art Competition (3rd prize)
1998: Blue Ribbon Flour Award
2001: Duomo Calendar participant

  1996: Mural in Bizana, Transkei, Roman Catholic Church
  1997: Mural Taxi Rank, Old Fort Road, Durban
  1998: Mural at Durban Airport for Durban Metro Council
  1998: Mural for Cash & Carry at Ulundi, KwaZulu Natal
            Murals at Azazel Institute, house ‘Bloupiet’, Umhlanga, Durban
            Murals at the Amphitheatre, Backpackers, Bergville, Drakensberg, Kwa-Zul Natal
            Murals at Portnet, Durban
            Murals at Thekwini Junction, Small Business Development Centre, Durban
   2002: Mural for Cuban Government, sent by the Department of Art, & Culture,
             Science and Technology
   2003: Murals for Cell C, Durban
   2003: Cover of Woolworths carrier bags  
   2003: Durban Bremen friends mural in Germany
   2007:  Mural Painting at ‘Seven Fountain’ for Oprah Winfrey School
   2009: Mural at Mzinyathi Library commissioned by Ethekwini Municipality
   2011: Nomkhubulwano Mural, Berea Station, Durban

NPA Museum Services
Africaner Museum Johannesburg - mural
Anant Singh Collection Private Collection
The Campbell Smith Collections
Kwa-Muhle Museum Durban
Margate Art Gallery
Natal Technikon Collection
SA Brewery Durban
Technikon Gallery
Hoffman Private Collection

Exhibitions at the KZNSA

Mezzanine Gallery