|Mmakgabo Mmapula H. Sebidi||
Medium: Mixed media on paper
Sebidi was born in Marapyane in the Hammanskraal area of the Northern Transvaal, South Africa. Her first teacher of art was her grandmother, a traditional artist who passed on to her granddaughter the vernacular aesthetic which has such a strong presence in Sebidi's work. They lived a rural life, cultivating crops, making mud from which they constructed walls and floors, which they then decorated. They also made and decorated calabashes. From her own mother she learnt dressmaking and embroidery. Sebidi stresses the importance of acquiring these traditional skills in order to be an artist versed in a vital culture. She studied painting under John Koenakeefe Mohl in Johannesburg and ceramics and sculpture at the Katlehong Art Centre. She studied at the Johannesburg Art Foundation and taught others at the Alexandra Art Centre.
Her solo exhibitions include: Association of Arts, Namibia, 1990; Standard Bank National Festival of the Arts, Grahamstown, toured South Africa and Namibia, 1989-'91; and FUBA, Johannesburg, 1986.
Her selected group exhibitions include: Common and Uncommon Ground, South African Art, Atlanta City Gallery East, Atlanta, Georgia, 1996; The Laager, Museo de Arts Contmoraneo, Santiago, Chile, 1995: Siyawela, Birmingham Gasworks, Africa '95, London, England, 1995; Sunday Times Finders Keepers Competition, S.A. National Gallery, Capetown, 1995; Women's Day Exhibition, Paarl Museum, 1995; Objects of Defiances/Spaces of Contemplation, Africus: The Johannesburg Biennale '95, MuseumAfrica, Newtown, 1995; Carol Gallery, Amsterdam, 1994; Six Women from Southern Africa, Lisbon, Portugal, 1994; African Heritage, Uranienborgreien, Norway; 1993; Women from Africa, Savanah Gallery of Modern Art, London, 1993; Future Realms, Afrika Futuristic Gallery, Johannesburg, 1992; and 4th Havana Biennale, Cuba, 1991-'92.