Ephraim Mojalefe Ngatane

Born: 1938, Lesotho, South Africa Died: 1971, Soweto, South Africa Ephraim Ngatane was born in Lesotho in 1938. His family came to Johannesburg in 1942 and he attended Mooki Memorial School and Orlando High, here he was encouraged to take up arts and crafts. Between 1952 – 1954 he studied under Cecil Skotnes at Polly Street Art Centre in Johannesburg. From 1954 – 1956 he studied under Rev Hall Duncan, an American missionary in Johannesburg. He then later started teaching at Jubilee Centre Johannesburg.

Ephraim Ngatane’s work was first shown publicly at Artists of Fame and Promise Exhibition, Adler-Fielding Art Gallery Johannesburg in 1960. His second solo exhibition in 1964 was a complete sell-out. That year he also started his own art school in Soweto and completed murals for St Mary’s Church and Mooki Memorial School, Orlando. From 1969 – 1971 Ephraim’s paintings became sought-after by South African and US art dealers. His health had been precarious for some time but his death in 1971 was sudden.

Artist CV

Art Education

- 1952 to 1954 Ephraim Ngatane studied under Cecil Skotnes at Polly Street Art Centre, Johannesburg.

- 1954 to 1956 Studied art under Hall Duncan, an American missionary in Johannesburg.

Short Artist Biography

- 1942 Ephraim Ngatane came to Johannesburg, studied at Mooki Memorial School and Orlando High where he was encouraged to take up arts and crafts.

- 1952 Ephraim Ngatane was among the early students at Polly Street Centre.

- 1954 Assisted by Rev Hall Duncan of St Peter's College, Rosettenville; later began to teach at Jubilee Centre Johannesburg.

- 1960 Ephraim Ngatane work publicly shown for the first time on Artists of Fame and Promise Exhibition, Adler-Fielding Art Gallery Johannesburg.

- 1964 His second on-man show in Johannesburg a complete sell-out; worked mainly in watercolour and guache, but began using oil paint; subsequent art exhibitions included oil paintings; established his own art school in Soweto; completed murals for St Mary's Church and Mooki Memorial School, Orlando.

- 1969 to 1971 Ephraim Ngatane's paintings become sought-after by South African and US art dealers; his health had been precarious for some time but his death was sudden.

Exhibitions

- 1962 Ephraim Ngatane's first one-man art exhibition, Johannesburg.

- 1963 'The Polly Street Group', Cape Town.

- 1964 Second one-man exhibition, Johannesburg; several thereafter in Johannesburg and other centres.

- 1965 'African Art 1965', Adler Fielding art Gallery Johannesburg; 'African Artists', Piccadilly Art Gallery, London.

- 1966 Republic Fest Exhibition, Pretoria.

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