Berman Contemporary's

The New Vanguard

Berman Contemporary’s The New Vanguard is a mentoring group for artists with emerging practices. We create opportunities for them such as curated exhibitions, art fairs and coaching.


Rohini Amratlal was born in Durban, South Africa in 1998. She is a contemporary artist working with a range of materials to make drawings, prints, sculptures, and installations. Amratlal received her Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art majoring in sculpture and printmaking from the Durban University of Technology (2021). Her work focuses on her personal experiences and connections she develops with various people, touching on matters of race, love and loss and identity in post-apartheid South Africa.

She has been an art theory tutor as well as a student assistant at the Durban University of Technology Art Gallery. Rohini co-curated An Unfurling at the KZNSA Gallery Durban in 2020,  participated in a four-month internship with Carol Brown at Curate A Space and was a candidate in the Art bank commissioning program. The most recent of her ten plus group exhibitions was Duo at the Turbine Art fair, under Curate A Space (2021).

Rohini joined The New Vanguard group in 2022, a mentorship programme that coincides with Berman Contemporary.

Tré Malwande Mkhabela

Tré Malwande Mkhabela (b.1999) is a mixed media artist who was born in Johannesburg. In 2019, he completed Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in Art and Design, resulting in best academic results in the world. In 2020, Tré was selected as one of the top 10 finalists for UJ Art Gallery Moving Cube Launched with Willem Boshoff’s Blind Alphabet, the project was hosted online, but will be hosted by the UJ Art Gallery in real space and time during 2021.  Tré is currently studying a BA in Film and Television at the University of the Witwatersrand, whilst practicing scriptwriting, drawing, painting, photography, and printing. His work is tied to his identity, which is linked to his type 2 Bipolar Disorder which is represent in a variety of techniques and experimentation.

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Katlisho TleaneKatlisho Tleane

Katlisho uses photography as a means of self expression, creating introspective work to better understand his life experiences and the reality he lives in. Growing up in the social setting of a small village, he had an idealised idea of how the world worked only to be frustrated with the harshness of its reality. Katlisho’s work reflects his own position within a shifting but unchanging landscape, and a representation of his layered and geographically scattered sense of home, characterised by a questioning of one’s belonging, a persistent feeling of displacement, of not quite fitting into a space – an experience shared by many of his peers and generations before them.

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Corné VenterCorné Venter

Corné Venter was born in Johannesburg, and graduated from Vanderbijlpark college with a NSC fine art in 1997. The following year he enrolled as a fine art student at Pretoria Technikon (now TUT) and received his B-tech fine arts degree in 2001, majoring in painting and printmaking. Corné has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and was part of the final selection for the Sasol New Signatures competition (2001 and 2004) hosted at the Pretoria art museum.

After several years practising and teaching graphic design (as a part time junior lecturer at VUT) he moved back to Johannesburg and recently completed his MaVA (2022) at the University of Johannesburg. His current practice explores issues of identity and healing in which he uses concepts of self dialogism and palimpsest to investigate these and other themes apparent in his artmaking. His multimodal approach focusses on deconstructing materials and traditional methods in order to explore meaning in his work.