Gawie Joubert

Born: South Africa,1988.  Based in Durban, South Africa

Ascend , Ink on Fabriano paper, 70 × 50 × 0.2 cm

Ascend, Ink on Fabriano paper, 70 × 50 × 0.2 cm


North-West University (BA Graphic Design , 2010)

Gawie Joubert (South African, b. 1988) is a visual artist, illustrator and graphic designer. He lives and works from his studio in Durban, South Africa

Joubert obtained a Graphic Design degree from the North-West University in 2010. Hereafter, he had a brief career as an award-winning Art Director, Illustrator and Illustration lecturer. 

In 2014, Joubert focused his attention on his budding fine-art career and became a full-time artist. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions and art fairs locally and abroad and has been selected as part of the Top 30 for the SA Taxi Foundation Art Award (2017) and the Top 100 for the Thami Mnyele Fine Art Award. Joubert held his debut solo exhibition, Biophilia in 2016 at In Toto Gallery in Johannesburg. In 2017, he was invited to The Budapest Art Factory International Artist and Curator Residency Program where he spent 5 months living and working in Hungary. Joubert is currently working towards his third solo exhibition in November 2017 at Rust en Vrede Gallery in Cape Town.

Joubert is known for his ethereal ink and charcoal drawings, that evolve around complex connections between humans and nature. His current work can broadly be described as an experimental process, where he masterfully surrenders control to allow his medium to lay the foundation for his art-making. Fueled by his belief that humans are dependent on nature for psychological and physical well-being, Joubert creates artworks mostly depicting morphed figures and greenery. These artworks simultaneously explore the artists own interest in the fluidity of identity.


2010        North-West University, BA (Hons) Graphic Design


2017        Top 30 SA Taxi Foundation Art Award
2014        Top 100 Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards
2012        Pendoring (Gold)
                BEES Awards (Gold)
                John Caples International Awards (Gold)
2011        Pendoring Finalist
                Loerie Finalist


2018       Grand IV, Rust en Vrede, Cape Town
                Turbine Art Fair, Lizamore & Associates, Tubine Hall, Johannesburg
                Salon group show, Lizamore & Associates, Johannesburg
                Group show, Eclectica print Gallery, Cape Town
                Jan Celliers, Lizamore & Associates, Johannesburg
2017        20x20, In Toto Gallery, Johannesburg
                Jan Celliers, Lizamore & Associates, Johannesburg
                SA Taxi foundation art awards, Lizamore & Associates, Johannesburg
                Növényember, Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Cape Town
                Human Nature, Budapest Art Factory, Budapest
2016       Biophilia, Curated by Megan Kidd, In Toto Gallery, Johannesburg
                SAADA, Red Room, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
                That Art Fair, Red Room, The Palms, Cape Town
                World Art Dubai, Red Room, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai
                30 x 30, Rust en Vrede, Cape Town
                Alteration, 99 Loop Gallery, Cape Town
                Group show, Red Room, Cape Town
2015       Fresh Young Talent, In Toto Gallery, Johannesburg
                #Voices Against Xenophobia, Greenside Quarter, Johannesburg
                Turbine Art Fair, In Toto Gallery, Tubine Hall, Johannesburg
                Games People Play, Clover Aardklop Festival, Potchefstroom
                Young Collectors, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria
                Spring, The Art Room, Johannesburg
2014       Gold Rush, In Toto Gallery, Johannesburg
                Menagerie, In Toto Gallery, Johannesburg
                Turbine Art Fair, In Toto Gallery, Tubine Hall, Johannesburg
                Colour in the Forest of Winter, The Art Room, Johannesburg
                Joburg Fringe, Aerial Empire, Johannesburg
                Thami Mnyele Fine Art Awards, Coen Scholtz Recreational Centre
                Salon One, Upstairs@bamboo, Johannesburg
                The Benediction of Shade II - Joburg: City of Trees, David Krut