CURRICULUM VITAE



SOLO EXHIBITIONS



2019 – Field of Vision
Solo Presentation, WHATIFTHEWORLD
Cape Town

2019 – TOMORROWS/TODAY
Solo Presentation in the Cape Town Art Fair curated by Tumelo Mosaka
Investec Cape Town Art Fair

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


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2020Matereality
Iziko South African National Gallery

2019Process
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

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

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

2017Washington186 Inaugural Exhibition
Aeroplastics Contemporary
Brussels, Belgium

2017NEWWORK19
Wits Art Museum 
Johannesburg

2016undermine
A Collaborative Group Occupation
Curated by Chris Soal

2016The 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


AWARDS

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

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

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


RESIDENCIES


2019Roma Residenza, hosted by Montoro 12, Rome

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

2018Southern 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.

Tisot Art Collection Trust, Italy.

BIOGRAPHY


Chris Soal (b. 1994, South Africa) is an award-winning, emerging artist living and practicing in Johannesburg. Using unconventional found objects, such as toothpicks and bottle caps, in conjunction with concrete and other industrial materials, Soal negotiates structural impacts on urban living and reflects on ecological concerns, while considering the philosophical and psychological notion of the “self.”

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 was awarded the PPC Imaginarium Award in 2018, alongside being named the winner of the Sculpture category. He has been awarded residencies by the South African Foundation of Contemporary Art, taking place in Knysna, South Africa, by the RAW Material Company in Dakar, Senegal, and the Residenza Roma by Montoro12 in 2019. He has exhibited in group shows at institutions such as the Iziko National Museum (2020), FRAC MECA, Bordeux (2019), Wits Art Museum (2017) and Stellenbosch University Museum (2018). His solo exhibition, Field of Vision, was held at WHATIFTHEWORLD in 2019. Chris Soal’s work has been included in many notable private and public collections, both locally and internationally.



Portrait by Tshego Mako.



CONTACT



NEWS


FEBRUARY


NOVEMBER   -    PIN. AUKTION, Munich.

Chris Soal is pleased to announce the inclusion of his work in the PIN. Benefit auction for the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich.

︎Click here to view the auction.


GROUP EXHIBITION

Chris Soal is pleased to announce the inclusion of their work in the group exhibition – Materiality at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape  Town.

Matereality presents a survey of emerging and established artists in the 21st century who use particular media in deliberate, surprising and innovative ways. While focused primarily on South African art, it also highlights some examples from the rest of the continent.

︎Click here to view the exhibition.


CURRICULUM VITAE


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 – Field of Vision
Solo presentation, WHATIFTHEWORLD
Cape Town

2019 – TOMORROWS/TODAY
Cape Town Art Fair, Solo presentation curated by Tumelo Mosaka
Investec Cape Town Art Fair

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

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020Matereality
Iziko South African National Gallery

2019Process
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

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

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

2017Washington186 Inaugural Exhibition
AeroplasticsContemporary
Brussels, Belgium

2017NEWWORK19
Wits Art Museum
Johannesburg

2016undermine
A collaborative group occupation.
Curated by Chris Soal

2016The 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

AWARDS

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


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

2019SEED Award
Presented by the Southern African Foundation
for Contemporary Art (SAFFCA) - For Career Acknolwedgment

RESIDENCIES

2019Roma Residenza, hosted by Montoro 12, Rome

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

2018Southern 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

Tisot Art Collection Trust, Italy


PRESS


REVIEWS, INTERVIEWS AND ARTICLES

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 practicing in Johannesburg. Using unconventional found objects, such as toothpicks and bottle caps, in conjunction with concrete and other industrial materials, Soal negotiates structural impacts on urban living and reflects on ecological concerns, while considering the philosophical and psychological notion of the “self.”

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 was awarded the PPC Imaginarium Award in 2018, alongside being named the winner of the Sculpture category. He has been awarded residencies by the South African Foundation of Contemporary Art, taking place in Knysna, South Africa, by the RAW Material Company in Dakar, Senegal, and the Residenza Roma by Montoro12 in 2019. He has exhibited in group shows at institutions such as the Iziko National Museum (2020), FRAC MECA, Bordeux (2019), Wits Art Museum (2017) and Stellenbosch University Museum (2018). His solo exhibition, Field of Vision, was held at WHATIFTHEWORLD in 2019. Chris Soal’s work has been included in many notable private and public collections, both locally and internationally.



CONTACT

CHRIS SOAL
︎ Instagram
︎ Email


NEWS

NOVEMBER - PIN. AUKTION

Chris Soal is pleased to announce the inclusion of his work in the PIN. Benefit auction for the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich.

︎Click here to view the auction.


FEBRUARY - IZIKO GROUP EXHIBITION

Chris Soal is pleased to announce the inclusion of his work in the group exhibition – Materiality at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape  Town. 

Matereality presents a survey of emerging and established artists in the 21st century who use particular media in deliberate, surprising and innovative ways. While focused primarily on South African art, it also highlights some examples from the rest of the continent.

︎Click here to view the exhibition.


PRESS


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