Vulindlela Nyoni was born in Chilimanzi, Zimbabwe in 1976 and attained a Bachelor of Arts in the Fine Arts from the then University of Natal in 1998 and a Masters in fine Arts from the now University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2006. His Masters thesis was entitled “Representations of ‘other’ in selected South African artworks: Re-membering the black male body”.
Prior to moving to Stellenbosch, Nyoni was the Academic Coordinator of the Centre for Visual Art, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg). Apart from being a practicing artist, Nyoni also lectures in Printmaking and Drawing at the University of Stellenbosch. His main interests lie in the politics of representation and self-representation as exploration of personal narrative through print media. He continues to make his own work at any opportunity he has.
2011: Solo African Art Centre, Durban
2009: Images and Ideas, William Humphries Gallery, Kimberly
2009: Settling In, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg
2009: Earthbound, Printmakers’ Gallery, Arkansas State University
2009 : form>FUNKTION, ArtSpace Berlin, Germany
2001: “Non-threatening postures”, solo exhibition, Jack Heath Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.
2000: Solo Performance Art Piece entitled ‘containment’ at Overload 628, an Art and Drama event at the Hexagon theatre, University of Natal.
2013: Montage, Upstairs @ Bamboo, Melville, Johhanesburg
2013: Weather Report, Aardklop Festival
2013: Homosapien KZNSA, Durban
2013: Steek, Sasol Art Museum, Stellenbosch
2013: (Dis)Composure with Christiaan Diedericks
2012: Fusion, Upstairs @Bamboo, Melville, Johannesburg
2012: Anthropology, Breathing Space Centre, Durban
2012: Mix, Upstairs @Bamboo, Melville, Johannesburg
2012: Making way (Ukuvulindlela), Alumni Gallery, Grahamstown
2011: Inspirations, ArtSpace Durban
2010: Indifferent (with Faye Spencer), ArtSpace Durban
2010: A Subtropical Vision- Eleven artists from Durban, David Brown Fine Art, Johannesburg
2010: Centre for Visual Art Staff Student annual exhibition, William Humphries Art Gallery, Kimberly, South Africa
2010: Flow, Upstairs @ Bamboo, Johannesburg.
2010: KZN artists from around Durban, Upstairs @ Bamboo, Johannesburg
2009: Cold Sweat (with C. Diederiks), ArtSpace, Durban
2009: Contemporary reflections: new art from old, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg
2009: Centre for Visual Art Staff annual exhibition, Jack Heath Gallery, Pietermaritzburg
2009: Disaster (group collaboration Vulindlela Nyoni, Michael Wille, Angel Haro), Resolution gallery, Johannesburg
2009: Crossing Borders: Comparing Thoughts (Elizabeth Geissler USA Juliet Armstrong • South Africa Ian Calder • South Africa Vulindlela Philani Elliot Nyoni • South Africa/Zimbabwe), Hampden Gallery, University of Massachusetts
2008: Centre for Visual Art Staff annual exhibition, Jack Heath Gallery, Pietermaritzburg
2008: Diminutive, group exhibition of contemporary miniatures, ArtSpace, Durban.
2008: Feet in the clouds, group show Breytenbach Centre, Wellington, Cape Town
2008: Print 08, group exhibition of contemporary printmaking, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town.
2007: Border Crossings Portfolio, participant in International portfolio exhibition shown at New Frontiers in Printmaking Conference.
2007: Centre for Visual Art Staff annual exhibition, Newcastle, South Africa
2007: Pure and Simple- Kristin Hua Yang and Vulindlela Nyoni, two person exhibition of personal recent work. ArtSpace Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
2007: From Here to There, exhibition of contemporary art from KwaZulu Natal, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town
2006: Satyagraha Exhibition, participant in International exhibition celebrating the Philosophy of Mahatma Ghandi, Kizo Art Gallery, Gateway, Umhlanga
2005: Group exhibition: “five artists/ five directions” at the KZNSA Gallery, Durban alongside Ian Calder, Terence King, Juliet Armstrong and Michelle Stewart.
2006: Jabulisa 2006. Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg
2005: Walking project international print exchange portfolio, Michigan University Fine Arts Department and University of KwaZulu-Natal Centre for Visual Art.
2005: Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA).
2004: Tatham Art Gallery Biennale, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
2003: Group exhibition with colleagues Professors T. King and J. Armstrong at the Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery, Bloemfontein June 2003.
2002: Untold Tales of Magic: Abelumbi, Durban Art Gallery
2001: Print-exchange 2001, SA national Print Exchange portfolio.
2000: Jabulisa 2000, The Art of KwaZulu Natal, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg; Durban Art Gallery and other KwaZulu-Natal art Centres.
2000: University of Natal, Centre for Visual Art Staff and Postgraduate Exhibition. Michealis School of Art, University of Cape Town.
2000: University of Natal Centre for Visual Art Staff and Postgraduate Exhibition. Karen Mckeiron Gallery, Johannesburg
1999: The Right to Celebrate. Durban Art Gallery, KwaZulu-Natal 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
1999: Bordeaux Gallery in Franschoek, Cape Town.
1998: Machine made Man. Khwezi Ghule and Vulindlela Nyoni. Java@Java, Durban.
1997: Vulindlela Nyoni, A. Alcock, P. Turner. Group Exhibition, Midlands Arts and Craft Society, Pietermaritzburg.
2013: Steek with Dr E. van der Wal, Sasol Museum
2013: (Dis)Composure, D Street Gallery
ArtThrob (April edition 2011) “Home is where the Art is: personal thoughts on Diaspora and Visual Art
Mid America Print Journal (vol 17 nos 3 and 4, 2009) “Printing between the spaces- Being a black printmaker in South Africa”
‘Male Order’ Catalogue (2002) “re-membering the black male”
Selection Committees and Board memberships
Sanlam Private Investment National Portrait Award Selector (2013)
Art South Africa National Editorial Board (elected 2013)
Absa L’Atelier National Selection Panel 2012
Selection panel for public works sponsored by Mandela Bay Development Agency 2011
Absa L’Atelier Official Head Adjudicator 2011 (National)
Absa L’ Atelier National Selection Panel 2010 (Johannesburg)
Jabulisa 2010 ‘Celebrating the Art of KwaZulu Natal Official Adjudicator
Tatham Board of Trustees 2008- present
Caversham board of Trustees 2007 UKZN representative. 2007-present
Absa Atelier National Selection Panel 2007 Johannesburg
Absa Atelier Regional Selection Panel (KwaZulu-Natal 2006)
Tatham Art Gallery Acquisitions committee 2006- 2009
Jabulisa 2006 ‘Celebrating the Art KwaZulu-Natal’ Selection panel
Pietermaritzburg Gay and Lesbian Network (Exco chairperson) 2006- 2010
Caversham Centre Educational Trust 2004 to present
Art in the Park selection Panel 2004 to present
Tatham Art Gallery Biennale selection panel 2004
Personal development and Community involvement
2009: Nivea Start Award mentor to candidate Mr R. Passmoor and Ms K. Bagley
2008: co-Project leader, Printing and book making workshop Inter-print 2008, International printmaker’s conference, London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle, London
2008 to 2011: Establishment of Gabisa Indlela ‘CreActive’© Centre housed at the Centre for Visual Arts. Role held: Project Leader. Gabisa Indlela is a formalisation of ‘HIV and Me’ printing and leadership workshops at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Centre for Visual Art, in conjunction with Caversham Centre.
2008: Nivea Start Award Mentor to candidate Ms N. Fossey. N Fossey awarded 2nd place winner
2007: Water-based Serigraphy workshop, Caversham Centre
2007: Curator, Musa Zulu exhibition, Centre for Visual Art, University of KwaZulu-Natal
2004 - Present selector for Pietermaritzburg Municipality event “Art in the Park”.
2001- Present, Project Leader of ‘HIV and Me’ printing and leadership workshops at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Centre for Visual Art, in conjunction with Caversham Centre. Workshops are held in July and December and involves members of the greater Pietermaritzburg Art community
2000: Project leader in collagraph workshops for Pietermaritzburg Girls High School at the Centre for Visual Art, University of Natal.
2000: Project leader collagraph workshop, Vaal-Triangle Technikon.
1999-2000: Co-coordinator “Overload 628”, Hexagon theatre
1998: Adhesive Bookbinding Caversham Centre. 1998.
1998: Collagraph workshop, Caversham Centre.
Conferences and Presentations
2012: Panel Discussion Member: Launch of ‘Spearing Debate: Culture Wars and Uneasy Truces by Steven Dubin, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
2012: Presentation: Figuring the Male Body – A brief study of conventions used by select artists in the visual arts who use the male body as a vehicle for discourses on masculinity (with specific references to the nude male figure)’ Workforce-Masculinities in the Media conference, Stellenbosch University
2009: Arkansas State University Online Skype lecture (16/02/2009 -18:33) on personal work shown at Earthbound
2008: Presentation ‘On printing at UKZN and the relationship between UKZN (CVA) and Caversham Centre in establishing CreActive© Centres Inter-print 2008, International printmaker’s conference, London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle, London.
2008: Invited key speaker Midlands Arts and Crafts Society ‘teacher’s forum’
2007: Portfolio presentation, New Frontiers in Printmaking, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, USA
2007: Key Note address “Border Crossings” at opening of Border crossings exhibition and New Frontiers in Printmaking, Illinois state University, Normal, Illinois. 2007.
2007: Key note address “Messages and Meaning” at MTN Messages and Meaning Exhibition curated by Phillippa Hobbs, Durban Art Gallery, 2007
2005: “On Art, Power and Identity” in “Ishumi/10” published by the Durban Art gallery in 2005 in conjunction with the exhibition “Ten Years of Democracy”.
2004: Paper, “On Art, Power and Identity” at Natal Society of the Arts Gallery on the Closure of Young Artists Programme (YAP).
2004: South African Art Historians Conference held at UKZN Durban.
2003: Inter-print 2003 International printmakers’ conference, University of Connecticut, USA
2003 Paper entitled “Printing a Pandemic” at Inter-print 2003 conference, University of Connecticut, USA
2000: Inter-print 2000 International printmakers’ conference, Maastricht, Holland (attended).
1998: First National Printmakers Conference at the Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa (attended).