Steve Maphoso
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From 2016 this Angolan-born contemporary artist started gaining the recognition that he required to have a firm grip on his chosen career and has since been given multiple opportunities to showcase his work in a variety of Art expo's and galleries.

"Nature and my love for contemporary dance are the key elements I use to express my view of what I believe art stands for

I was born in Luanda, the capital city of Angola. Suring the Angolan Civil War, my family and I moved to Mpumalanga for safety reasons.  While growing up in South Africa I quickl noticed that I was surrounded by cascades of beauty which later became an expression in my art.

When asked if I could pinpoint the moment when I fell in love with art, reflecting over my life for that moment I found it difficult.  I believe the ambition came from my family, a collective of individuals that found joy in dance and a variety of art forms.  In my teen years I watched my brother sketch cars and characters from comic books.  Watching how these illustrations came to life birthed a bold imagination which ultimately led to a career in art.

A pivotal moment in my career took place after a visit to the Pretoria Art Museum.  While learning about the history of art, I was overcome by a surreal moment in which I felt I could pull out the passion and enthusiasm of the artist from each piece I observed.  Contrasting the depth of nature, including the use of elephant paper (elephant dung) and movements of contemporary dance through brush strokes, this became a form of self-reflection and freedom which I portrayed through my art.


Throughout my venturing into this career, I have always tried to ensure that the passion and enthusiasm I have is shown through my work.  Despite my success independently I have found that althought I didn't get as much support as I wanted from the beginning, it made me push myself even more and place all my emotion in my work.

Nature and my love for contemporary dance are the key elements I use to express my view of what I believe art stands for. Everyone is entitled to express the way they feel, my form of expression is art.  My work reflects issues on freedom in arts. This can be seen through the structure of each and every painting and drawing that is under my name.

What mostly inspires my work is Contemporary dance.  Art is all about how you can make people feel through strokes of each paint brush, pencil, pen and so forth.  So, I see that through contemporary dance and I find it the purest form of art, which is wy I include that in my work so often." 


My goal in life as as bold as any other artist that strives to make it in this world.  I want to see my work being showcased all over the world, in galleries that have held the most beautiful art pieces, by profound artists that have awed people over past generations.

I want to amaze people with my artwork.  I put my feelings and emotions in my drawings trying by any means to make people understand and love the form of art I want to portray.  For me its not about the money or the fame. My goal is to prove to everyone out there with a dream of becoming situated amongst the greats that it is possible.  Through prayer and belief in what you stand for.  Never letting anyone bring you down or discourage your dreams.  I want to become the evidence of that.

I think that dance and nature are the purest forms of available art. So I thought, if this is how people intertwine with art, why don't I combine the two to speak with all ages through my work? This is why I love observing nature and contemporary dance  - to bring them together in my work so that my work can bring people together!"


  • Trent Gallery, Waterkloof, Pretoria: Pop-up exhibition of selected etchings and drawings

  • Trent Gallery: Group exhibition - "Me, Myself & I" portrait commission of gallery owner 

  • Department of Arts & Culture

  • 2016 Connoisseur's art market

  • Roodeplaat art gallery: Exhibition (2016)

  • Chris Tugwell Gallery: Art expo (2017)

  • Johann van Heerden Art Gallery: Exhibition - Group exhibition, The Printmakers Fair (2017)

  • The Gavin Projects

  • Art Afrique

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