George Msimang

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Painter and graphic artist

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26 October 1948
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George Msimang was born on 26 October 1948 in Durban. Msimang's interest in art began at school although art was not offered as a subject. He left Lamontville High School in 1968 after completing Standard VIII.

He came to the African Art Centre in Durban and was encouraged by Jo Thorpe to study at Rorke's Drift. This he did for a year, beginning in 1969.

In 1971 and 1972, through the support of the NSA and the Italian Consulate in Durban, he attended the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome. He returned there in the years 1973 to 1975 and 1985 to 1986.

Msimang makes his livelihood from the sale of his artwork. He has exhibited a number of times at the UZ Festival of African Art.


1970: Gallery Elysia. Johannesburg (Africa Art Project - group).

Alliance Francaise Johannesburg (solo).

NSA, Durban (solo).

1971: Washington, DC, USA (Black Artists from Africa).

1973: DAM (Art SA Today).

1975: Gallery Nimba, Seattle, Washington, USA (solo).

1983-4: Indingilize Gallery, Mbabane, Swaziland.

1987: African Art Centre, Durban (two-person exhibition with Saint Mokoena).


1970: UCLA African Art Magazine prize.

1971: Black Artists from Africa exhibition prize.



• Sack, S. (1988). The Neglected Tradition, Johannesburg: Johannesburg Art Gallery.

Last updated : 16-Nov-2016

This article was produced for South African History Online on 17-Feb-2011