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Saturday, July 23, 2011


(“conversation” - acrylic on paper by Everaldo Matonse, 2011)

A solo exhibition of paintings by Everaldo Matonse will be hosted at the BAT Centre from July 27.

One step forward is the title of a solo exhibition inspired by nature’s beauty that one can rely on finding in the city of Durban. Matonse’s multi-layered paintings depict sketch imagery of his surroundings and make strong reference to the American painter Jackson Pollock (1912-56), the commanding figure of the Abstract Expressionist movement.

Everaldo Matonse was born in Mozambique and his love for painting started in early childhood. As a self-taught artist, he experimented a lot with watercolours and pencil drawings and has now found a technique to make his own acrylic paint.

When he migrated from his land of origin in 2003, he came to South Africa with hopes of showing his works to the people he met. On his arrival, he was introduced to a number of artists and by 2005 had made his way to the BAT Centre where he currently works as a professional artist.

Everaldo Matonse had his first solo exhibition in 2006, going on to take part in the Refuge workshop and Women’s Day Collective Exhibition in 2007. In 2008, he appeared in the collective exhibition at artSPACEdurban and in the 2009 Collective Exhibition at Umkumbalo. He also appeared in the 2010 Collective Exhibition at the Durban Art Gallery.

One step forward can be seen in the BAT Centre’s Menzi Mchunu Gallery and will be opened by Musa Mncwabe on July 27 at 18h00, thereafter to run until August 28. More information on 031 332 0451. The BAT Centre is situated in the Small Crafts Harbour.