Paul Edmunds was born in 1970 in Johannesburg, and lives in Cape Town. He graduated with an MAFA (cum laude) from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, in 1996.

His first solo show at Cape Town’s WhatiftheWorld was presnted in 2015. He previously showed at Stevenson in 2013, 2011 and 2009. Earlier shows included Aggregate at Bank Gallery, Durban (2008); Array at Art on Paper in Johannesburg (2007); Phenomena (2005), Cloud (2003) and Houding (2001) at João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town; Scale (1999) and Once, again at the Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet, Cape Town. He had his first US solo exhibition at RH Gallery, New York, in 2011.

Edmunds was included on Impressions from South Africa at MoMA, New York, in 2011, and on Production Marks: Geometry, psychology and the electronic age at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, KZNSA Gallery in Durban and Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg (2007/8).

He won the Tollman Award in 2007, and the Volkskas Atelier Award in 1992. In 2010 he was awarded an Ampersand Foundation residency in New York.

He has produced large-scale commissions for Nando’s headquarters in Johannesburg, (2014), MTN’s headquarters in Roodepoort, Johannesburg (2005), and for the Arabella Sheraton Hotel on Cape Town’s foreshore in 2003, among other commissions.

Upcoming exhibitions

Full CV:

1991 BAFA, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg
1996 MAFA (cum laude), University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg

One-person exhibitions

2016 Solo presentation, Untitled Art Fair, Miami                                                             2016 ‘Braids’, WhatiftheWorld, Cape Town                                                                     2015 ‘Elemental’, WhatiftheWorld, Cape Town                                                                 2013 ‘Season’, Stevenson, Johannesburg
2011 ‘Pitch’, RH Gallery, New York City
2011 ‘Tone’, Stevenson, Cape Town
2009 ‘Subtropicalia’, Stevenson, Cape Town
2008 ‘Aggregate’, Bank Gallery, Durban
2007 ‘Array’, Art on Paper Gallery, Johannesburg
2005 ‘Phenomena’, João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town
2001 ‘Houding’, João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town
2003 ‘Cloud’, João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town
1999 ‘Scale’, The Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet, Cape Town
1998 ‘Once, again’, The Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet, Cape Town
1997 ‘Water’, The Space Below the Lounge, Cape Town
1996 ‘Stones, Leaves, Water’, Phemba Kahle Centre, Pietermaritzburg
1994 One person exhibition, NSA Gallery, Durban, April
1993 One person exhibition following residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

Selected group exhibitions

2014 ‘Artists Engaged? Maybe’, curated by Antonio Pinto Robeiro, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal
2013 ‘The Loom of the Land’, Stevenson, Johannesburg
2012 ‘If A Tree… ‘, Stevenson, Johannesburg
2012 ‘The Rainbow Nation’, Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague, Netherlands
2012 ‘The Third Meaning II’, RH Gallery, New York
2012 ‘Coming of Age: 21 Years of the Artist Proof Studio’, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg
2012 ‘Unspecified Urban Site’, RH Gallery, New York
2011 ‘Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now’, Museum of Modern Art, New York
2010 ‘The Third Meaning’, RH Gallery, New York
2009 ‘Social Pattern’, curated by Kirsty Cockerill, AVA, Cape Town
2008–9 ‘Summer Show’, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town
2007 – 8 ‘Production Marks: Geometry, Psychology and the Electronic Age’, curated by Brenton Maart, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown; KZNSA, Durban; Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg
2005 ‘In the Making: Material and Process’, curated by Sophie Perryer, Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town
2003 ‘HIV(E)’, project curated by Greg Streak (PULSE) in Durban followed by exhibition at Franchise, Johannesburg
2003 ‘Prints and Multiples’, Warren Siebrits Modern & Contemporary, Johannesburg
2002 ‘Silence/Violence’, project curated by Greg Streak, culminating in simultaneous exhibitions in Durban and Nieubethesda
2002 ‘Bodies II: Sublimation’, curated by Kathryn Smith, Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, Oudtshoorn
2000 ‘Cast’, exhibition of work in bronze, Bronze Age Foundry, Cape Town
2000 ‘Images of Self’, curated by Clive van den Berg, Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, Oudtshoorn
2000 ‘Unplugged V’, Market Theatre Gallery, Johannesburg
1998 ‘Family Ties’, exhibition curated by Ricky Burnett and Penny Siopis, Sandton Civic Art Gallery, Johannesburg
1998 Exhibition of Cape Town artists, Canberra Institute of Art, Canberra, Australia
1996 ‘FNB Vita Art Now’, Johannesburg,
1996 ‘Jabulisa: The Art of KwaZulu Natal’, Pietermaritzburg, Durban, Grahamstown and Johannesburg
1995 Joint exhibition with Justin Anschütz, The Thompson Gallery, Johannesburg
1995 ‘Objects of Desire’, exhibition of work by 11 KwaZulu Natal artists, The Thompson Gallery, Johannesburg, March


2010 The Ampersand Foundation residency, NYC
2007 The Tollman Award
1992 The Volkskas Atelier Award

Selected publications

2005 Sophie Perryer (ed), ‘In the Making: Materials and Process’, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town
2004 Sophie Perryer (ed), ‘10 Years 100 Artists: Art in a democratic South Africa’, Bell Roberts, Cape Town
2004 Greg Streak (ed), ‘HIV(E)’, Pulse, Durban
2003 Michael Stevenson and Annabel Rosholt, ‘Moving in Time and Space: shifts between abstraction and representation in post war South African art’, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town
2003 ‘Art@Arabella’, The Arabella Sheraton catalogue, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town
2001 Lucia Burger and Teresa Lizamore (eds), ‘Sasol: 1991 – 2001’, US Museum, Stellenbosch


2014 Season, a large tiled work produced in collaboration with Yellowwoods Art at Nando’s Central Kitchen, Johannesnurg                                                                         2009 – One and Only, Cape Town commissioned two works
2005 & 2006 – Beadwork initiative Qalo/Coeo commissioned the conception and design of two works which were subsequently produced by them.
2005 – A large work was commissioned by MTN for their new headquarters in Roodepoort, Johannesburg.
2003 – The Arabella Sheraton Hotel on Cape Town’s foreshore commissioned a large outdoor work.

As well as in various private collections, my work is held in the following public collections:
The South African National Gallery,
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Sasol Art Collection
The Gencor Collection
The Dimension Data collection
Rand Merchant Bank International collection
The Marvelous Collection, Johannesburg
The Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg
The Durban Art Gallery
The Carnegie Art Gallery, Newcastle
The Empangeni Art and Cultural History Museum
The KwaZulu Natal Museum Services collection