Phemo Matlhabe

Phemo Matlhabe

without complaining
blossoms give birth to sweet
standing in the sun

Lencio. R

Phemo Matlhabe is an award winning visual artist based in the Johannesburg metropolitan area of South Africa, his artworks are collected by a number of Institutions, who are and not limited to Absa, Old Mutual, Klerksdorp museum, Bag factory art studios, University of Johannesburg etc.

Originally from North West, he was inspired to be an artist through his childhood passion of sculpting, where he would depict everyday life in his home village. It is through practice where he soon learnt different modes of expression and now feels that painting as his preferred mode of alleviation.


Klerksdorp museum 2013 art fair curated by Vuyisile Bentile

Starbucks / Old Mutual collection 2015 

2018 Joburg FNB art fair with The Bag factory Newtown

2019 Lizamore and associates gallery Benon Luutaya tribute group exhibition curated by Teresa Lizamore

2019 tete a’ tete at Absa Gallery curated by Candice Allison

2020 Turbine Art fair Solo exhibition titled “Mashi, Goreng ong ntlhoile?” (milk, why do you hate me) curated by Linda Van Beek


2009 Anglo American up and coming artist.

2013 Klerksdorp Up and coming artist, artist of the fair etc.

Klerksdorp museum collection 2013.

2018 David Koloane Art Prize.


  • Anglo American
  • Xtrata Alloys SA
  • MTN
  • Old Mutual
  • Starbucks
  • LL Editions Newtown
  • Bag Factory Newtown
  • University of Johannesburg
  • Klerksdorp Museum
  • Absa gallery collection

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