Nicola Roos & Matthew Miller

Nicola Roos is a contemporary figurative sculptor based in Cape Town, South Africa. She graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town in 2017 with the Michaelis Prize and the Simon Gerson Prize for producing an exceptional body of work.


Her sculptures are made of recycled inner tyre tubing and depict life-size historical figures that explore the themes of cultural belonging, collective memory and post-colonial identity.


She has exhibited her work in various galleries and fairs in South Africa and abroad. Some of her notable works include ‘No Man's Land’, a series inspired by Yasuke, the only black samurai in history, and ‘Obsidian Samurai’, a collection of sculptures that reflect on the legacy of African diaspora in Japan.


Nicola Roos is a visionary artist who challenges the conventional notions of history and culture through her innovative use of materials and forms.