Mashaba b. 1983 in his drawings and prints Mashaba explores actual questions about origins, evolution and psychological effects of mind. Mashaba incorporates texts and lines in his work to construct figures, his work attempts to establish a dialogue between mind, body (human being) and learning.
In 2001 he enrolled at Artist Proof Studio, where he studied Design & Printmaking. After completion he took an internship Programme with Artist Proof Studio, and later became part of their PRO-Shop team as a Printmaker from 2004 to 2011. When he was part of the studio he became part of the outreach programme, being involved in workshops; 2007 - Block Print Workshop, Artists Proof Studios, Johannesburg (Project coordinated by the Art Bank) and 2008 Print Project, David Krut Workshop, Johannesburg.
I have a lot of respect for words. In some ways, I both love and fear them. Words hold power. The more you know about something, the more it has the ability to change you. I assimilate the ambiguous presence of found texts through successive processes of re-interpretation, reading, writing, printing, incision and layering. I draw attention to the hand-made through the laboursome process of cutting relief prints, which are re-cut on paper and re-assembled. When reconstructing the primal human figure, my process highlights the strength and frailty of body form. I convey a human body in a network of lines and text by repetitive text and paper mechanics.
I am fascinated by the human form in its most intangible form. This is depicted by drawing human traces without showing the full physical structure. I intend to depict complexity of human form by making drawing marks that represent energies. The form can be looked as paradox of a moment captured in time of metamorphosis through integration or disintegration of cells and atoms, the beginning or the end of natural life that takes new form.
2017 Anatomic II, Lizamore Associates gallery 2016 Anatomic, KKNK Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn 2013 Noise at Lizamore & Associates Gallery, Johannesburg.
2017 Off the wall , a VR exhibition incubated by The Center Of The Less Good Idea, At Everard Read gallery. Johannesburg
The invisible exhibition, At The Center Of the Less Good Idea. Johannesburg Summer Exhibition at Everard Read. London Contemporary South African art at Linteloo showroom. Zeist, Holland.
2016 That Art Fair, Red Room, Cape Town 2015 Transitions at The Post Office, Johnnesburg
Empire, Evereard Read, Cape Town Homage, Everard Read, Cape Town
APS Group Exhibition: Celebrating 25 years of Artist Press Studio, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg
Jan Celliers Fundraising Exhibition, Jan Celliers School with Lizamore & Associates, Johannesburg
2014 Gray, A group show at Nirox projects, Johannesburg. Pilgrim, Three man exhibition at Lizamore and Associates, Johannesburg.
Paper, An exhibition specialising on hand made paper from the Phumani paper mill at Artist Proof Studio gallery.
Marking the Map, Lizamore & Associates Gallery, Johannesburg
Pop up exhibition, No Man’s Art pop up Gallery in Cape Town. 2013 South African Voices: A New Generation Of Printmakers, Washington
Printmakers Gallery, Washington D.C. USA.
Works on Paper, Gallery MoMo, Johannesburg. 2012 New Voices, Lizamore & Associates Gallery, Johannesburg.
Kauru! Made In Africa Exhibition, Sandton Gallery, Johannesburg.
Artist Proof Studio 21 Years coming of Age, Johannesburg Art Gallery. 2011 Intercosmos Dance-a-thon, Bag Factory Studios, Johannesburg.
Random Access, Bag Factory Studios, Johannesburg.
20 Fine Years Exhibition, Bag factory studios, Johannesburg. 2010 My City, Studio 21, Johannesburg
This is not a Porn Song, Aardkloop festival, Potchefstroom
Lithography Group Show, Piston Pelican, Paris (France) Artist Proof Studio Group Show, the Absa Gallery, Johannesburg
2009-10 The Rendezvous Art Project (lithography), touring exhibition at North West University Art Gallery, Potchefstroom; The University of The Free State, Eufees Kompleks, Bloemfontein; The Sasol art Museum, Stellenbosch; the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn; The University of Johannesburg Art Gallery and Oliewenhuis Museum, Bloemfontein.
2009-2010 The Johannesburg Art Fair, APS Gallery booth (2008) David Krut booth 2008 Monotype prints, Group Show at the David Krut Projects
2007 Group Show, at The Bell Dewar and Hall (attorneys) Gallery Collagists, group show at The Premises Gallery
2006 Annual Artist Proof Studio final year Exhibition, APS Gallery Soul Shades, Cyanotype Group Show at artist Proof Studio
2006 Artist Proof Studio Print Collection, at Gallery on the Square COLLABORATIONS
2011 Collaboration with graphic designers-Diffusion Design for the Liberty Life Cooperate gifts.
2011 20 fine years-a collaboration with the Bag Factory and Artist Proof Studio, print Portfolio- celebrating 20 years of printmaking.
2010 Collaborations with the Trinity Session, for the Legacy Hotel, Johannesburg
2009 Collaboration with the Trinity Session, for the JDA’s BRT station Project, Johannesburg
2011 Bag Factory Studios, Johannesburg (South Africa) 2010 The Rendezvous Art Project, Elisabeth Pons Studio, Paris (France) 2008 Experimental Printmaking Institute, Lafayette College, Easton, PA (USA)
Artist Image Resource, Pittsburg, PA (USA)
2011 Top 100, Absa L’Atelier 2009 Top 76 Artists for the Thami Myele Fine Art Award.
2006 Grahamstown festival, Picasso in Africa Mural Competition (First Prize)