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.
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.
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 II – Warren Robbins Gallery – Michigan, Ann Arbor, MICHIGAN, USA.
2003 Displacement I – Museum 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