KILMANY-JO LIVERSAGE

BIOGRAPHY

KILMANY-JO LIVERSAGE

(b. 1973, South Africa)

Kilmany-Jo Liversage creates portraits that intentionally blur the boundary between fine art and street art. Her rendering of female subjects is inspired by Renaissance era portraiture and, by adopting the language of graffiti or urban art, she updates, renews and challenges the conventions of painting. Her work also references digitised mass production and a futuristic post-human world, populated by perfect-looking female cyborgs. The result is a series of vivid, large-format paintings, evoking the street, art history as well as a vision of the future.

Liversage explains further: “During the Machine Age, artists would reduce their compositions to its smallest constituent parts. With my current paintings I manufacture this deconstruction by combining the painting tradition of portraiture with idiosyncrasies from the urban culture of tagging. This enables me to explore the intersection between street art and fine art while reconstructing them into a new genre of portraiture.” 

With a list of achievements that include a Sasol New Signatures Award in 2000 and a UNESCO bursary in 2005, as well as an artists’ residency in Colombia, Liversage has had the opportunity to explore and interpret the concept of street art in a distinctive and original way.

Liversage lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. Her work is included in several public and private collections in South Africa and around the world.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
Chroma718, Everead Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2016
Orda716, Worldart, Cape Town, South Africa
Orda716, Lizamore & Associates, South Africa

2015
Ordamental515, Hay Hill Gallery, London

2014
Obversa714, Worldart, Cape Town, South Africa
Obversa714, Lizamore & Associates, South Africa

2012
Portra, Source 53, Singapore, Singapore
Portra, Artspace gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Portra, Worldart gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2011
Moniker. Worldart, Cape Town, South Africa

2010
Orda 2010, Erdmann Contemporary, South Africa

2009
Symbol of Tribute, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, South Africa

2006
Orda 2006, Blank Projects

2003
Orda 2003, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, South Africa

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
Southern Aspect - A Group Exhibition, Everard Read, London, UK

2011
Tattoo Convention, Word of Art, Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa

2010
Creative Context: A Group Show by Contemporary African Fine Artists, Singapore, Singapore

2010
World Aids Congress – Vienna, Brussels, Belgium
Matters Conceptually, Erdmann Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2005
Graffiti is Public Art, Jardin Botanical Garden, Medellin, Colombia

2004
Spier Outdoor Sculpture Biennale 2004, Stellenbosch, South Africa

EDUCATION

1997
B.Tech Fine Arts, Free State Technikon

1994
H.Dip Fine Arts. Free State Technikon. Received a distinction in Painting

COMPETITIONS & AWARDS
2013
Back 2 back to Biennale, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

2005
UNESCO Aschberg Bursary, Paris, France

2004
Spier Arts Trust, Spier Sculpture Biennale, South Africa

2000
SASOL New Signatures Art Competition, Stellenbosch, South Africa

1995
Coca-Cola Bursary

1994
Distinction-H.Dip FA (Painting)

ARTIST RESIDENCY

2005
UNESCO Asch erg-Medellin, Colombia, South America WORKSHOPS (GRAFFITI)
Centro Colombo Americano. Paul Bardwell Contemporary Gallery of Modern Art – Medellin, Colombia
University of Bolivariana, Department of Graphic Design, Colombia


COLLECTIONS
Nando’s collection
Department of Science and Technology, Pretoria, South Africa
Absa Bank Art Collection, South Africa
Centro Colombo Americano. Paul Bardwell Contemporary Gallery of Modern Art – Medellin, South America
Comfandi Centre-Cali, Colombia