CURRICULUM VITAE



SOLO EXHIBITIONS




GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2022 - Earth Power!,
Montoro 12,
Brussels, Belgium


2022 - The Norval Sovereign African Art Prize Finalists Exhibition,
Norval Foundation,
Cape Town

2021 - In Times Like These...and Other Stories,
WHATIFTHEWORLD,
Cape
Town

2021 - Witness, curated by Natasha Becker
Piero Atchugarry Gallery, Miami

2021 - 40 under 40, curated by Igsaan Martin.
Twee Jonge Gezellen Wine Estate, Krone x WHATIFTHEWORLD, Tulbagh

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
Curated by Ulrich Wolff and Elizabeth Miller-Vermeulen,
Stellenbosch University Museum,
Stellenbosch

2018 Fresh Voices 
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, 
The Point of Order,
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

2021 – Finalist, Norval Sovereign African Art Prize, Cape Town, South Africa.

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


2022 - SAFFCA.EU, La Cambre, Brussels, Belgium

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 Bunker Artspace, (The Beth Rudin DeWoody collection), USA.

The Braunsfelder Family Collection, Germany.

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

The Kelly and Scott Mueller Collection, USA.

Renee and Robert Drake Collection, Netherlands.

Scheryn Art Collection, South Africa.

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

Modern Art Projects, South Africa.

First Rand Bank, Corporate Collection, South Africa.

The Rupert Family Collection, South Africa.

Barloworld Corporate Collection, South Africa.

Kavita Chellaram Art collection, London, Lagos.

Martin Nielsen Collection, Denmark.

The Trevor Noah Collection, South Africa & USA.

LAM Museum, Lisse, Netherlands.

Arsenal Contemporary, Montreal; Toronto; New York.

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. 

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.

Recent solo exhibitions include Soal’s solo booth at Art Brussels 2022 and As below so above, in 2021, both with WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery.




Portrait by Matthew Bradley.




NEWS



APRIL ‘22 - ART BRUSSELS

WHATIFTHEWORLD and Chris Soal are pleased to present a solo presentation of new works at Art Brussels 2022. View the presentation at Booth D20 in the Discovery Section.

︎Click here for more information.

APRIL ‘22 - EXPO CHICAGO

Chris Soal formed part of a group presentation by WHATIFTHEWORLD in the 2022 Expo Chicago.

︎Click here for more information.

MARCH ‘22 - ARTIST IN RESIDENCY WITH SAFFCA.EU

Chris Soal is one of the first 2022 resident artists in the SAFFCA.EU artist in residency programme.

︎Click here for more information.

OCTOBER ‘21 - NORVAL FOUNDATION

Chris Soal is pleased to have been included in the announced shortlist for The Norval Sovereign African Art Prize.

The 30 shortlisted artworks are presented in an exhibition at Norval Foundation until 28 February 2022, and form part of  The Norval Sovereign African Art Auction hosted by Sotheby’s.

︎Click here for more information.

MAY ‘21 - 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 ’21 - 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


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022 - Earth Power!,
Montoro 12,
Brussels, Belgium


2022 - The Norval Sovereign African Art Prize Finalists Exhibition,
Norval Foundation,
Cape Town

2021 - In Times Like These...and Other Stories,
WHATIFTHEWORLD,
Cape
Town

2021 - Witness, curated by Natasha Becker
Piero Atchugarry Gallery, Miami

2021 - 40 under 40, curated by Igsaan Martin.
Twee Jonge Gezellen Wine Estate, Krone x WHATIFTHEWORLD, Tulbagh

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
Curated by Ulrich Wolff and Elizabeth Miller-Vermeulen,
Stellenbosch University Museum,
Stellenbosch

2018 Fresh Voices
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,
The Point of Order,
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

2021 – Finalist, Norval Sovereign African Art Prize, Cape Town, South Africa.

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

2022 - SAFFCA.EU, La Cambre, Brussels, Belgium

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 Bunker Artspace, (The Beth Rudin DeWoody collection), USA.

The Braunsfelder Family Collection, Germany.

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

The Kelly and Scott Mueller Collection, USA.

Renee and Robert Drake Collection, Netherlands.

Scheryn Art Collection, South Africa.

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

Modern Art Projects, South Africa.

First Rand Bank, Corporate Collection, South Africa.

The Rupert Family Collection, South Africa.

Barloworld Corporate Collection, South Africa.

Kavita Chellaram Art collection, London, Lagos.

Martin Nielsen Collection, Denmark.

The Trevor Noah Collection, South Africa & USA.

LAM Museum, Lisse, Netherlands.

Arsenal Contemporary, Montreal; Toronto; New York.


PRESS


REVIEWS, INTERVIEWS AND ARTICLES

PALIMPSEST: CHRIS SOAL’S SCULPTURES REVEAL MANY MEANINGS
︎ by Drew Haller for That Eclectic

‘WITNESS’ EXHIBIT HIGHLIGHTS CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN AND AFRICAN DIASPORA ARTISTS
︎ by Sergy Odiduro for Artbust

INTERVIEW
︎ with Adam Hencz for Artland

INTERVIEW
︎ with Artoday

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

INFORMATION



BIOGRAPHY



Portrait by Matthew Bradley.


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. 

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. 

Recent solo exhibitions include Soal’s solo booth at Art Brussels 2022 and As below so above, in 2021, both with WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery.




CONTACT

CHRIS SOAL
︎ Instagram
︎ Email


NEWS

APRIL ‘22 - ART BRUSSELS

WHATIFTHEWORLD and Chris Soal are pleased to present a solo presentation of new works at Art Brussels 2022. View the presentation at Booth D20 in the Discovery Section.

︎Click here for more information.

APRIL ‘22 - EXPO CHICAGO

Chris Soal formed part of a group presentation by WHATIFTHEWORLD in the 2022 Expo Chicago.

︎Click here for more information.

MARCH ‘22 - ARTIST IN RESIDENCY WITH SAFFCA.EU

Chris Soal is one of the first 2022 resident artists in the SAFFCA.EU artist in residency programme.

︎Click here for more information.

OCTOBER ‘21 - NORVAL FOUNDATION

Chris Soal is pleased to have been included in the announced shortlist for The Norval Sovereign African Art Prize. 

The 30 shortlisted artworks are presented in an exhibition at Norval Foundation until 28 February 2022, and form part of  The Norval Sovereign African Art Auction hosted by Sotheby’s.

︎Click here for more information.


MAY ‘21 - 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 ’21 - 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


PALIMPSEST: CHRIS SOAL’S SCULPTURES REVEAL MANY MEANINGS
︎ by Drew Haller for That Eclectic

INTERVIEW
︎ with Adam Hencz for Artland

INTERVIEW
︎ with Artoday

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

FIELD OF VISION REVIEW
︎ by Ashraf Jamal on ArtThrob