Initially a mineworker, Nawa is understandably passionate about the daily struggles that face impoverished South Africans. He depicts the harsh existence that mineworkers have to adapt to, as well as the plights of rural women whose husbands have relocated to the urban areas in search of work. Nawa depicts the daily tasks and responsibilities that fill the lives of these individuals - their daily tasks almost becoming sacred rituals. Everyday scenes are represented in a personal, intimate manner, revealing the artist’s deep understanding of the challenges facing these communities. To document the moment, Nawa takes photographs and works from the image telling their stories through his art.
Nawa completed a B-Tech Fine Art, Free State Technikon, in 2001. He was a visiting artist at the Bag Factory, Thupelo International and Greatmore Studios and a national finalist in the 2003 Brett Kebble Awards, Cape Town. A large mural of his dominates a building in the inner city of Johannesburg. His solo exhibition held at the AVA Gallery Cape Town in 2008. Nawa has partaken in numerous group exhibitions locally and abroad. In 2018 he was part of the Nando’s Creative Exchange culminating in Rituals, at AVA Gallery, Cape Town and the Bashu Uhuru Freedom Festival. His work is held in corporate collections globally.
Nationality: South African
Residence: Cape Town, South Africa