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Hosea Matlou moved from Sckhompo on the outskirts of Polokwane to Pretoria in 2000 to pursue a qualification in Finance and Accounting at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). During his time there, he was exposed to the Visual Arts through a community-based project. He rethought his career path and became a full-time practising artist from 2002.

Hosea’s art training has been limited to self-taught experimentation and exchanging ideas with fellow artists. In 2004, he and three artists started a studio in a rented flat in Pretoria's centre. He was exposed to a cross-pollination of artistic approaches and techniques which refined his painting technique. He began experiementing in drawing techniques, influenced by Atteridgeville-based artist, William Langa, and discovered the art of pastel drawing. In 2008, he worked as a tour guide for Pretoria Art Museum under Mmutle Kgokon, which granted him exposure to art. His first solo exhibition opened at the Centurion Art Gallery in June 2010.

His free-hand drawing often feature his innovative ink-and-flame embossing technique - an alternative techinique he developed due to the financial difficulties he experienced. His images are playful and free with a deliberate loose sense of control but considered with adeeper meaning and exploration. His free sketches with embossing and half-burned images present real people and scenes he encounters from the city and rural areas. The works often feature men in suits carrying briefcases – strikingly comical but simultaneously serious - reveals his commentary on the cut-throat business world of capitalist pursuits.

Artist CV

Born 1980 in Limpopo, South Africa

Art Education:

He attended communnity art workshops. He has also got some advice from William Langa, Emmy Mark and Mike Mmutle. He has also attended drawing workshop at the University of Technology (TUT) [Previously Pretoria Technikon].

Solo exhibitions:

  • The Good, the Bad and the Fear, Art Lovers 1932, Pretoria, 18 - 31 July 2013
  • Centurion Art Gallery, Pretoria, 15 June - 1 July 2010
  • IDASA,CEDPA-SA,Amnesty International.

    Group exhibitions:

  • Conversations, Queen Street Gallery, Woollahara, Australia, 6 - 25 November 2012
  • Positive, Sun City, 2006
  • State Theatre Art Gallery, Pretoria
  • Chris Tugwell Galleries
  • Universal Art Gallery
  • Association of Arts Pretoria
  • Sammy Marks Square, Pretoria
  • Egolly Art Gallery
  • Department Of Art And Culture, Pretoria


  • IDASA purchased a pastel drawing for the Finance Minister, Trevor Manuel, for Finance Speech, 2003
  • Department of Art and Culture, Pretoria (2 pastel drawings)
  • Queens lifestyle, Pretoria (42 pastel drawings)
  • Universal Art (20 pastel drawings)
  • Egolly Art Gallery (two pastel drawings)
  • Country Director of CEDPA-SA (1 oil painting)

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