Bruce Bowale

Currently based in Pretoria, Bruce Bowale  obtained a National Diploma in Fine Art from Tshwane University of Technology in 2018.  He became a volunteer at the Pretoria Art Museum serving under the Education & Development Program, where he conducts guided tours and facilitates art workshops. 

He was amongst the top five short-listed candidates for the South African Reserve Bank 2018 Scholarship.  He was featured in the Top 40 of the States of The Art (SOTA) Exhibition.   Additionally his work is also featured in the final 100 Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards competition. 

In 2019 he participated in Artist Career Boot Camp (ACBC), mentored by Lesley Cohn of Art Source South Africa.  This program took him to the Bag Factory Artists' Studio.

In 2020 he was part of a two-man exhibition at AVA (Association of Visual Arts) Gallery in Cape Town.  In 2021 Bowale held a pop-up exhibition titled Mobu at Trent Art Gallery in Tshwane. 

ARTIST STATEMENT:  "The main thread that runs though my creative process is nostalgia and how it triggers childhood memories.  I work primarily in the collage technique using water paint and drawn images in ink, charcoal and soft pastel combined with literature text, derived from books at home and old school literature written in Sepedi (my mother tongue) and English.  This creates multi-lingual conceptions and limitless artistic possibilities.  Thus, my work reflects the practice of visual art and story-telling as a reading material in South African languages for leisure and educational purposes. 

1997 -
Nationality: South African