Joe Turpin is a South African visual artist. Born in Johannesburg in 1995, his practice

focuses on narratives and semiotics charged and informed by history, and the

physical expansion of painting as practice. “I am drawn to emergent conversations

around decolonization and the position from which one creates, as well as how

visual and symbolic form is ascribed to complexities within identity. It is here that my

identity as a Jewish South African becomes principal and consequential to me in

selecting sources that inform the visual and physical elements that comprise my

work. I am interested in how these narratives then resonate within a wider social


Turpin graduated from the University of the Witwatersand in 2018 with a degree (BA

Hons) in Fine Art, and has participated in a variety of exhibitions and residencies

internationally, as well as being featured in various online and printed publications.

Nationality: South African

Residence: Johannesburg, South Africa