Joao Ladiera

Biography

Joao Ladeira is a contemporary artist whose works comment on current affairs in society and particularly on the state of life in the African continent. For the past two decades, he has worked on issues affecting the migration of people around the world and in particular in the African continent.  Ladeira’s art exposes the human side of displaced people on the continent of Africa. Ladeira was born in Angola, where he first took an interest in art at the age of 6. 

A victim of two civil wars himself, Ladeira uses his lived experience of displacement to shed light on the daily struggles and humanity of ordinary people. His works comprise paintings, collages, multimedia and installations, to capture the extraordinary people and places he portrays.  Ladeira is a graduate of the University of Johannesburg where he earned a Master’s Degree in Fine Art and Design and did his research on “New Materials and Designs in Sustainable Community Development Projects”. Ladeira has worked at the University of Johannesburg and the University of Pretoria. He also worked in various disadvantaged community engagement programs around South Africa.  Ladeira has travelled extensively throughout the continent of Africa, Europe and North America.

Ladeira is a recipient of the Charles Moody Research Fellowship, where he was a guest scholar at the University of Michigan, School of Arts and Design (2004). South African Initiatives Office Research Fellowship, Centre for Afro and Afro-American Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MICHIGAN, USA, 2004. Scarce Skills Fellowship Award, National Research Foundation, Lynwood, South Africa, 2002. Prestigious and Equity Scholarship, National Research Foundation, Lynwood, South Africa, 2005.

 Ladeira’s works focus on the migration of people due to socio/political and economic instability. He makes a connection between his own story and the images of the migrants he portrays, due to the fact that he is an immigrant himself, and for many years he lived with anxiety in a foreign land. 

Ladeira draws inspiration from works by contemporary artists such as the British/Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, the South Korean artist Kim Sooja, Kara Walker or Kehinde Wiley’s to name a few.  

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS 

2001 National Diploma in Fine Art, Technikon Witwatersrand, South Africa. 

2002 Bachelor of Technology in Fine Art, Technikon Witwatersrand, South Africa.  

2002    Teacher Training Certificate in Design, Technikon Witwatersrand, South Africa. 

2005    Master’s Degree in Fine Art, University of Johannesburg, South Africa   

 

FINE ARTS AND RESEARCH AWARDS 

  • 1st Prize “Ekurhuleni Fine Arts Award”, Kempton Park, South Africa, 2003 
  • 2nd Prize “Women of Africa” Mmabana, Taung, 1997 
  • 3rd Prize “Fraternita” Budapest, Hungary, 2006 
  • Charles Moody Research Fellowship, Centre for Afro and Afro-American Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MICHIGAN, USA, 2004. 
  • South African Initiatives Office Research Fellowship, Centre for Afro and Afro-American Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MICHIGAN, USA, 2004. 
  • Prestigious and Equity Scholarship, National Research Foundation, Lynwood, South Africa, 2005. 
  • Scarce Skills Fellowship Award, National Research Foundation, Lynwood, South Africa, 2002. 

 

 EXHIBITIONS:

2020  November   FNB Joburg Art Fair – Online

2020  Oct/Nov     Eclectica Contemporary – Cape Town

2019   July –           RMB Turbine Art Fair – Johannesburg

2019   June –          Lizamore Gallery- Johannesburg

2019   March –       The Project Space – Johannesburg

2014   February –   Lovell Gallery – Cape Town

2013   June –          Metromusigs – University of Pretoria

2013   February –   The 4th Gualan International Print Biennial – China

2012   November – Lawyers Against Abuse (LvA) – The Eatery 

2012   October –     Eros and Thandos – St Lorient Gallery, Brooklyn, Pretoria

2012   August –       Printmaking 2012 – Sandton Gallery, Johannesburg

2012   May –           Saana Africa exhibition, Johannesburg

2012   June –           Iris Gallery – Rosebank, Johannesburg 

2009                     ‘Soul of Africa’ Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) Johannesburg

2006                     “Brotherhood” Budapest, HUNGARY. 

Sondela               A Decade of Democracy: Witnessing ‘South Africa’ 2004 – 2005

2005                     August – September 2005  The NSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa

2005                     March 18, through April 15, 2005 – Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FLA – USA

2005                     December 17, 2004 through February 26, 2005 – African American Museum, Dallas, Texas – USA

2004                     April 1, 2004 through November, 14 – Museum of the National Centre of Afro-America Artists, Boston – USA 

2004                      Displacement IIWarren Robbins Gallery – Michigan, Ann Arbor,  MICHIGAN, USA.   

2003                      Displacement IMuseum Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa

2000                      Displacement – Rembrandt Van Rijn Art Gallery – Market Theatre, South Africa. 

2000                     ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.                          

1999                      Mmabana Taung, Northwest Province – South Africa

 

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