Athenkosi Kwinana

Athenkosi Kwinana (b. 1995) is a visual activist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Kwinana works in both drawing and printmaking. In 2017, she graduated from the Walter Sisulu University in the Eastern Cape with a National Diploma in Fine Art, earning a Bachelor of Technology in Fine Arts in 2018, before embarking on her Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), which she completed in 2022.

In 2018, Kwinana participated in two group shows, Finding Albus, and the Annual Art Exhibition held at Ann Bryant Gallery. She also showcased in a group show, Trial & Error, held at Art and Collect Gallery 37, in 2021. Kwinana put up her first solo exhibition, Reimagining Albus, in 2022, at Number Four in Constitution Hill.

In 2022, Kwinana was invited to join a five-week artist programme with the Admirals Residency in Muizenberg, Cape Town, which she completed in July this year. She was awarded the Cultures Resistance Award and was selected for the Tilga Art Fund, an educational scholarship programme.

She exhibited in THE ANNUAL WINTER SHOW and SENSES and LENSES at Berman Contemporary, as well as 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London. Athenkosi Kwinana is represented by Berman Contemporary.

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Athenkosi Kwinana