Born in Pretoria in 1995, Ofentse grew up between Pretoria, Johannesburg and Krugersdorp. Currently in the process of completing his visual arts degree at the University of Johannesburg, Ofentse has taken a year off from his studies to work independently from his own studio, having previously worked at Joburg’s August House. He has participated on a number of prominent group exhibitions, including the recent ‘Talking to Deaf Ears’ at the Absa Art Gallery. He is currently part of the Assemblage Studio’s ‘Emerging Artists Programme’ and will be presenting work at this year’s Turbine Art Fair in July.
Largely politically motivated, his work explores collage, painting and drawing to articulate concepts of both global and local politics. He recalls listening to his uncles discussing politics as he grew up and recognizes the importance of continuing the conversation in contemporary discourse and sees art as one way of making these conversations more accessible.
– Facilitated drawing workshop with learners from Lalela Project at Zeitz MOCAA.
– Formed part of Assemblage’s 2018 Emerging artists programme.
– Curated and organized Tulo Ya Sechaba (A group exhibition by 5 independent artists from Johannesburg.), at Once in Joburg, Braamfontein.
– Co- curated Dipuo and Reflections, group show at 27 Boxes, Melville. • Co- curated Anedoche, group show at UJ, FADA.
– Co- curated screening of La Voyage (documentary) at M Studio.
– Mural painting at Thusong Day Care, Moletsane, Soweto.
– Commissioned artist for 16 days of activism against women and children abuse, in collaboration with Artist Proof Studio.