Athenkosi Kwinana (b. 1995) is a visual art 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 joined a five-week artist programme with the Admirals Residency in Muizenberg, Cape Town, where she began her series, DISPLACEMENT IN COMMUNITY: THE COLOUR SERIES. In the same year, she was awarded the Cultures Resistance Award and was selected for the Tilga Art Fund, an educational scholarship programme. Athenkosi participated in several group exhibitions at Berman Contemporary, which include, THE ANNUAL WINTER SHOW, SENSES and LENSES, and THE ANNUAL SUMMER SHOW. She also exhibited at 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London.
In 2023, Athenkosi partook in WORKS ON PAPER, a four-week artist residency, hosted by the Look and See More Art Foundation in KwaZulu-Natal. Athenkosi also showcased in a solo booth at Investec Cape Town Art Fair. Athenkosi Kwinana was also awarded the first grant in drawing and printmaking with the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation.
Athenkosi Kwinana is represented by Berman Contemporary.