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Buqaqawuli Nobakada

Buqaqawuli Nobakada (b.2000) is an emerging contemporary and mixed media artist born in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Nobakada is currently in her 3rd year of Fine Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her primary medium is acrylic paint on laced paper, often accentuated with custom clay or gold jewelry. Nobakada uses the relationship between paint, paper, and lace to explore themes about growth, intimacy, sensuality, and womanhood.
The texture and complexity of the surfaces of her works are reminiscent of lace curtains from her maternal grandmother’s home where it was the responsibility of the women to care for and repair the delicate and mosaic-like textile. The chore was considered a right passage and an initiation into womanhood for the young women in the family. For Baququwuli it was her introduction to gender roles and norms, yet it was also where she learned the tenets of coming of age from her sisters and cousins.
Nobakada’s work is highly personal but it explores the universal issues of humanity, the issues that we subconsciously promote and engage with, the subtleties of the world – the ones that we don’t realize are the fabric of our existence.

She has exhibited in the “Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt” Open City group exhibition by FNB Art Johannesburg and the SOMA exhibition in France.

Isithembiso (Promise)
White Chalk Pastel Crayon, and silver earrings on Black Paper
93.5 x 100 cm
2022

Downtime
Acrylic paint on laced paper
121 x 130 cm
2021

Coming Undone
Acrylic paint on laced paper
53 x 107 cm
2022

The Girl With The Ginger Hair
Acrylic paint on laced paper
70 x 98 cm
2021

Pholile
Acrylic paint on laced paper
80 x 136 cm
2021

OoDade Sisters
Acrylic paint on laced paper
85.5 x 100 cm
2021

Never Leave
White Chalk Pastel and Crayon on Black Paper
75 x 104 cm
2021

Ndim Isthandwa Sam Sokuqala
Acrylic paint on laced paper
83 x 160 cm
2022

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