Thakane Lerotholi was born in 1978 in Thaba Tseka, Lesotho. She achieved BA honours in Fine Arts from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2008. Since then, she has had her work on display worldwide.
In 2010, she took part in a joint exhibition while one of five African artists in residence at Zhenshen Fine Arts Institute in China. She held solo exhibitions of her paintings and ceramics at the Lesotho Sun Hotel in Maseru, Lesotho, as well as Midlands Arts and Craft Centre in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, RSA 2008 – 2009.
About her work
Lerotholi’s physical presence and obvious strength hide a delicate and subtle hand. Her work, atypical of much of the art being made in Lesotho, is personal, unique and idiosyncratic. Her sometimes uncompromising vision has deep roots in surrealism as well as an almost instinctive sense of her own cultural identity. There is, in fact, something a bit unnerving about her, as though she is talking in a language that is at once familiar and yet so unknown. It is a language, though that more and more people are listening to, finding in it complex cadences and narratives that quietly draw the listener in.
See some of Thakane’s work in this gallery. Click on the thumbnails to view the images.