Carl Roberts


Artist Bio

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS: 1993 – Rhodes University, Master of Fine Arts.

AWARDS: 1984 – Rhodes University: Purvis Prize for the best all round Fine Art student.
1984 – Rhodes University: Academic Half Colours.
1985 – Rhodes University: Scholarship.

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS: Durban Art Gallery, Tatham Art Gallery, Pretoria Art Museum, Natal Provincial Administration Collection, Rhodes University Collection, Natal Technikon Collection, Ann Bryant Art Gallery, ABSA Bank, Oliewenhuis Art Gallery.

EXHIBITIONS: I have participated in many exhibitions (100+) nationally and in a number of international exhibitions. I have had Four solo exhibitions, Bonisa Gallery in 2004 and 2006, Gallery on the Square in 2007 and Art Eye in 2013. As an artist I always have many works in a number of galleries.

BOOK: ‘Meeting Carl Roberts’ Authored by Wright and published by Wright publishing.

COMMUNITY SERVICE: I am currently an executive director of the African Art Center and elected as its Chairman

CAREER: I worked as a fireman, truck driver and assistant manager in a dairy before starting a career in art. Since then I have lectured in the Fine Art Departments at the Universities of Durban-Westville, Rhodes and Natal. In 1995 after eight years of lecturing I became a full time artist.

STATEMENT: I work like the automatic artist of the Surrealist movement in that I trust my subconscious to generate ideas. The emphasis is on “magic, accident, irrational, symbols and dreams”. Like the Rorschach (ink blot) test, the material often suggests images and sometimes presents them in an unusual way. The image made depends ultimately upon what lies in the subconscious, elements of chance and the spirit of the times.


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