CURRICULUM VITAE



SOLO EXHIBITIONS



2021 - Elegy,
Nirox Foundation,
Johannesburg

2021 - Sleight and Substance,
Montoro 12,
Brussels

2021 - As below so above
WHATIFTHEWORLD,
Cape Town

2019Field of Vision,
WHATIFTHEWORLD,
Cape Town

2019
TOMORROWS/TODAY,
Curated by Tumelo Mosaka, 
Investec Cape Town Art Fair
Cape Town

2018 Orbits of Relating,
No End Contemporary Art Space, 
Johannesburg


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2021 - Margins of Error
Nirox Sculpture Park, 
Johannesburg

2021 - Restudio, Cunningham Contemporary, Johannesburg

2020Matereality
Iziko South African National Gallery
Cape Town

2019 Process
BKhz,
Braamfontein

2019Il est une fois à l’Ouest.
Frac Nouvelle-Aquitaine MÉCA 
Bordeaux, France

2018Germination
RAW Material Company
Dakar, Senegal

2018Forward? Forward! Forward …,
Curated by Ulrich Wolff and Elizabeth Miller-Vermeulen,
Stellenbosch University Museum,
Stellenbosch

2018Beyond Troubled Water(s)
Curated by Indra Wussouw, as part of GONG LAUT
The First Singaraja International Art Forum
Bali, Indonesia

2018 Fresh Voices: Emerging Talent from SA, Mozambique and Zimbabwe
Guns and Rain Gallery
Johannesburg

2017Washington186 Inaugural Exhibition
Aeroplastics Contemporary
Brussels, Belgium

2017 NEWWORK19
Wits Art Museum 
Johannesburg

2016 undermine
A Collaborative Group Occupation
Curated by Chris Soal, 
Johannesburg

2016 The Point of Order
Johannesburg

2016
#ULTRACONTEMPORARY
#EMERGENCYART#AFRICA

Held at the MOAD – Museum of African Design
Johannesburg

2016Activate/Captivate: Collections  Re-engagement
Wits Art Museum
Johannesburg


COLLABORATIONS

2020 – Selected as one of ten contemporary artists to participate in the 5th edition of the Dior Lady Art project.


AWARDS

2020 – Recipient of The Claire & Edoardo Villa Will Trust Grant.

2019 – SEED Award
Presented by the Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art (SAFFCA) - For career acknolwedgment

2018 – PPC Imaginarium Award, Overall winner, and winner of the Sculpture category


RESIDENCIES


2021 - Nirox Foundation Residency, Nirox Sculpture Park, Johannesburg

2019 Roma Residenza, hosted by Montoro 12, Rome

2018 Fellow of the RAW Academié Session 5, directed by Otobong Nkanga. RAW Material Company. Dakar, Senegal

2018 Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art. Co-resident with Minnette Vari. Entabeni Farm, Knysna


COLLECTIONS

Chris Soal has work in numerous private and public collections, both in South Africa and Internationally. Notable collections include:

The Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection (The Bunker Artspace), USA

The Braunsfelder Family Collection, Germany

Galila’s P.O.C. - The Collection of Galila Barzilaï-Hollander, Belgium

The Sylt Foundation Collection, Germany

Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art (SAFFCA), South Africa and France

Modern Art Projects, South Africa

First Rand Bank, Corporate Collection, South Africa

The Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa

The Rupert Family Collection, South Africa

Barloworld Corporate Collection, South Africa

The Ackerman-Berman Collection, South Africa

The Tollman Family Collection, South Africa and UK

Tisot Art Collection Trust, Italy

BIOGRAPHY


Chris Soal (b. 1994, South Africa) is an award-winning, emerging artist. Living and working between Johannesburg — a “city in tension” as Soal calls it — and Cape Town, has had a great impact on the artist’s work, as this position is “often about locating oneself in that space, both as a response and a critique.” Through his use of discarded and mundane ephemera, such as toothpicks and bottle caps, in conjunction with concrete, rebar, electric fencing cable and other industrial materials, Soal’s work examines structural impacts on urban living, reflects on the individual in relation to the collective, and foregrounds ecological concerns.

Soal’s spatial approach to sculpture reveals a sensitivity to texture, light and form, expressed in an abstract minimalist language. While, conceptually, his works refer to the socio-political context of their making, highlighting the histories embedded in the found material, and utilising them in a way that challenges societal assumptions of value.

In 2017, Soal graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts (Hons) at the University of Witwatersrand. He has received numerous awards, such as the Claire & Edoardo Villa Will Trust Grant, 2020; the SEED Award from the Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art (SAFFCA), 2019 and the PPC Imaginarium Award in 2018. He has been awarded residencies by the South African Foundation of Contemporary Art, Knysna, South Africa; RAW Material Company, Dakar, Senegal); Residenza Roma by Montoro12, Italy, and by the Nirox Sculpture Park at the Cradle of Humankind in Johannesburg, South Africa.

He has exhibited in group shows at institutions such as the Nirox Sculpture Park, 2021; Iziko South African National Museum, 2020; FRAC MECA, Bordeaux, 2019; Stellenbosch University Museum, 2018, and Wits Art Museum, 2017. Most recently his solo exhibition, As below so above, was held at WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery in 2021. Notably, Soal was selected as one of ten contemporary artists to participate in redesigning three handbags as part of the 5th edition of the Dior Lady Art project.

    Chris Soal’s work has been included in many notable private and             public collections, both locally and internationally.


Portrait by Tshego Mako.



CONTACT


INSTAGRAM


NEWS


FEBRUARY


MAY - NIROX FOUNDATION

WHATIFTHEWORLD and Chris Soal are pleased to present Elegy at The Nirox Foundation’s The Covered Space. In response to the context and conditions of the exhibition space, key works spanning the last four years have been selected from the artist’s own collection.

Elegy touches on themes of ruins, decay, erosion, the relic and effigy, and stands in conversation with the artist’s first large-scale outdoor installation, Relic (2019-2021).

︎Click here for more information.

MAY - NIROX FOUNDATION SCULPTURE PARK

Chris Soal is pleased to announce the inclusion of his work in the group exhibition – Margins of Error at the Nirox Foundation Sculpture Garden in Johannesburg.

︎Click here for more information.


CURRICULUM VITAE


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021 - Elegy,
Nirox Foundation,
Johannesburg

2021 - Sleight and Substance,
Montoro 12,
Brussels

2021 - As below so above,
WHATIFTHEWORLD,
Cape Town

2019Field of Vision,
WHATIFTHEWORLD,
Cape Town

2019
TOMORROWS/TODAY,
Curated by Tumelo Mosaka,
Investec Cape Town Art Fair
Cape Town

2018 Orbits of Relating,
No End Contemporary Art Space,
Johannesburg

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021 - Margins of Error,
Nirox Sculpture Park,
Johannesburg

2020Matereality
Iziko South African National Gallery
Cape Town

2019 Process
BKhz,
Braamfontein

2019Il est une fois à l’Ouest.
Frac Nouvelle-Aquitaine MÉCA
Bordeaux, France

2018Germination
RAW Material Company
Dakar, Senegal

2018Forward? Forward! Forward …,
Curated by Ulrich Wolff and Elizabeth Miller-Vermeulen,
Stellenbosch University Museum,
Stellenbosch

2018Beyond Troubled Water(s)
Curated by Indra Wussouw, as part of GONG LAUT
The First Singaraja International Art Forum
Bali, Indonesia

2018 Fresh Voices: Emerging Talent from SA, Mozambique and Zimbabwe
Guns and Rain Gallery
Johannesburg

2017Washington186 Inaugural Exhibition
Aeroplastics Contemporary
Brussels, Belgium

2017 NEWWORK19
Wits Art Museum
Johannesburg

2016 undermine
A Collaborative Group Occupation
Curated by Chris Soal,
Johannesburg

2016 The Point of Order
Johannesburg

2016
#ULTRACONTEMPORARY
#EMERGENCYART#AFRICA

Held at the MOAD – Museum of African Design
Johannesburg

2016Activate/Captivate: Collections  Re-engagement
Wits Art Museum
Johannesburg


COLLABORATIONS

2020 – Selected as one of ten contemporary artists to participate in the 5th edition of the Dior Lady Art project.

AWARDS

2020 – Recipient of The Claire & Edoardo Villa Will Trust Grant.

2019 – SEED Award
Presented by the Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art (SAFFCA) - For career acknolwedgment.

2018 – PPC Imaginarium Award, Overall winner, and winner of the Sculpture category.

RESIDENCIES

2021 - Nirox Foundation Residency, Nirox Sculpture Park, Johannesburg

2019 Roma Residenza, hosted by Montoro 12, Rome

2018 Fellow of the RAW Academié Session 5, directed by Otobong Nkanga. RAW Material Company. Dakar, Senegal

2018 Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art. Co-resident with Minnette Vari. Entabeni Farm, Knysna

COLLECTIONS

Chris Soal has work in numerous private and public collections, both in South Africa and Internationally. Notable collections include:

The Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection (The Bunker Artspace), USA

The Braunsfelder Family Collection, Germany

Galila’s P.O.C. - The Collection of Galila Barzilaï-Hollander, Belgium

The Sylt Foundation Collection, Germany

Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art (SAFFCA), South Africa and France

Modern Art Projects, South Africa

First Rand Bank, Corporate Collection, South Africa

The Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa

The Rupert Family Collection, South Africa

Barloworld Corporate Collection, South Africa

The Ackerman-Berman Collection, South Africa

The Tollman Family Collection, South Africa and UK

Tisot Art Collection Trust, Italy


PRESS


REVIEWS, INTERVIEWS AND ARTICLES

INTERVIEW
︎ with Adam Hencz for Artland

INTERVIEW
︎ with Artoday

CHRIS SOAL’S COLLABORATION WITH LADY DIOR ART
︎ by Celeste Jacobs for VISI Magazine

INTERVIEW
︎ on As below so above for Tongues

INTERVIEW
︎ with Emilie Froment for Habitat Magazine

AMORPHOUS - THE SCULPTURES
OF CHRIS SOAL

︎ by Andrew Lasane for COLOSSAL

JOHANNESBURG ARTIST’S TOOTHPICK SCULPTURES POINT WAY FOR AFRICAN ABSTRACTION
︎ by Graham Wood on Wanted Online

Q&A WITH EMERGING SOUTH AFRICAN ARTIST CHRIS SOAL
︎ with Annzra Denita on House and Leisure

Q&A WITH 2018 PPC IMAGINARIUM WINNER
︎ with Marcia Elizabeth on Bubblegum Club

FIELD OF VISION REVIEW
︎ by Ashraf Jamal on ArtThrob

INTERVIEW ON CREATIVE GHETTOS
︎ by Creative Ghettos

FABULOUSLY DISORIENTED BY THE HUMBLE TOOTHPICK
︎ by Robyn Sassen on The Arts at Large

ORBITS OF RELATING REVIEW
︎ by Michael Smith on ArtThrob

INFORMATION



BIOGRAPHY



Portrait by Tshego Mako.


Chris Soal (b. 1994, South Africa) is an award-winning, emerging artist.
Living and working between Johannesburg — a “city in tension” as Soal calls it — and Cape Town, has had a great impact on the artist’s work, as this position is “often about locating oneself in that space, both as a response and a critique.” Through his use of discarded and mundane ephemera, such as toothpicks and bottle caps, in conjunction with concrete, rebar, electric fencing cable and other industrial materials, Soal’s work examines structural impacts on urban living, reflects on the individual in relation to the collective, and foregrounds ecological concerns.

Soal’s spatial approach to sculpture reveals a sensitivity to texture, light and form, expressed in an abstract minimalist language. While, conceptually, his works refer to the socio-political context of their making, highlighting the histories embedded in the found material, and utilising them in a way that challenges societal assumptions of value.

In 2017, Soal graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts (Hons) at the University of Witwatersrand. He has received numerous awards, such as the Claire & Edoardo Villa Will Trust Grant, 2020; the SEED Award from the Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art (SAFFCA), 2019 and the PPC Imaginarium Award in 2018. He has been awarded residencies by the South African Foundation of Contemporary Art, Knysna, South Africa; RAW Material Company, Dakar, Senegal); Residenza Roma by Montoro12, Italy, and by the Nirox Sculpture Park at the Cradle of Humankind in Johannesburg, South Africa.

He has exhibited in group shows at institutions such as the Nirox Sculpture Park, 2021; Iziko South African National Museum, 2020; FRAC MECA, Bordeaux, 2019; Stellenbosch University Museum, 2018, and Wits Art Museum, 2017. Most recently his solo exhibition, As below so above, was held at WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery in 2021. Notably, Soal was selected as one of ten contemporary artists to participate in redesigning three handbags as part of the 5th edition of the Dior Lady Art project.



CONTACT

CHRIS SOAL
︎ Instagram
︎ Email


NEWS

MAY - NIROX FOUNDATION 

WHATIFTHEWORLD and Chris Soal are pleased to present Elegy at The Nirox Foundation’s The Covered Space. In response to the context and conditions of the exhibition space, key works spanning the last four years have been selected from the artist’s own collection.

Elegy touches on themes of ruins, decay, erosion, the relic and effigy, and stands in conversation with the artist’s first large-scale outdoor installation, Relic (2019-2021).

︎Click here for more information.

MAY - NIROX FOUNDATION SCULPTURE PARK

Chris Soal is pleased to announce the inclusion of his work in the group exhibition – Margins of Error at the Nirox Foundation Sculpture Garden in Johannesburg.

︎Click here for more information.


PRESS


INTERVIEW
︎ with Adam Hencz for Artland

INTERVIEW
︎ with Artoday

CHRIS SOAL’S COLLABORATION WITH LADY DIOR ART
︎ by Celeste Jacobs for VISI Magazine

INTERVIEW
︎ on As below so above for Tongues

INTERVIEW 
︎ with Emilie Froment for Habitat Magazine

AMORPHOUS - THE SCULPTURES
OF CHRIS SOAL

︎ by Andrew Lasane for COLOSSAL

JOHANNESBURG ARTIST’S TOOTHPICK SCULPTURES POINT WAY FOR AFRICAN ABSTRACTION
︎ by Graham Wood on Wanted Online

Q&A WITH EMERGING SOUTH AFRICAN ARTIST CHRIS SOAL
︎ with Annzra Denita on House and Leisure

Q&A WITH 2018 PPC IMAGINARIUM WINNER
︎ with Marcia Elizabeth on Bubblegum Club

FIELD OF VISION REVIEW
︎ by Ashraf Jamal on ArtThrob

INTERVIEW ON CREATIVE GHETTOS
︎ by Creative Ghettos

FABULOUSLY DISORIENTED BY THE HUMBLE TOOTHPICK
︎ by Robyn Sassen on The Arts at Large

ORBITS OF RELATING REVIEW
︎ by Michael Smith on ArtThrob