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For the past 18 months art students across the country have had to adapt to hybrid communication learning, with reduced contact studio time, WhatsApp engagements and scheduled online meetings. They have attempted to navigate - often in isolation - the challenging terrains of developing and underpinning a concept that is relevant and engaging.

The Power of 35!

From recycled materials and intricate rope figures to smoke drawings and diseased human organs … the Absa L’Atelier has established itself as the window to these exquisite visual pieces created by some of Africa’s most talented young artists.

In 2021, the Absa L’Atelier looks to celebrate The Power of 35!


35 years of poignant masterpieces that showcase the talent of artists in Africa and the powerful impact they have had in shaping the landscape of art on this richly diverse continent.

The Power of 35! An exhibition that looks to take individuals on a journey to reveal these artists in their truest form. Original works from previous Absa L’Atelier winners from across the African continent, will give exhibition goers a glimpse of how art has grown and emerged over the past three decades.

It is the celebration of individuals who are Brave, who are Passionate, who are Ready – they are the Power of 35!

Power of 35!

Room A

Power of 35!

Room B

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Nourhan Maayouf

Wannna Squeeze (2020)

Nkhensani Rihlampfu

Dream on my sweetheart and never stop going for it (2020)

Woven Calico Rope & Wood

84 x 46 x 46 cm

Winner 2019

ZAR 42000

South African based multidisciplinary artist, Nkhensani Rihlampfu , was born and raised in the country’s northern province of Limpopo. 

Herman Wald

Strength in Unity

Herman Wald was born in 1906 in Cluj, Hungary. Growing to maturity in an increasingly anti-semitic Europe in the 1920s and 1930s, his restless journeys saw him moving from one artistic centre to another, successively studying in Budapest, Vienna, Berlin, and Paris. In 1933, when the Nazis came to power in Germany, he left Paris for London. After four years of exposure to the artworks of British sculptors such as Henry Moore, Jacob Epstein and Frank Dobson, he emigrated to South Africa in 1937. Wald practiced as a full-time sculptor in Johannesburg until his death in 1970.


This sculpture was commissioned by the United Building Society in Johannesburg, Now at Absa in Main St Johannesburg. According to Wald, the artwork represents his vision for a future South Africa. Three men are represented joining their arms in communal effort and working together in unity. As Wald put it, “one with the face of a European, the second that of an African and the third the face of a man of mixed race origin”; the use of emphatically varied facial feature types was a strong plea for unity and equality for all South Africans. 

Meet the artists behind this incredible exhibition

The Absa Art Hot Spot
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Explore 3D Exhibition spaces, watch masterclasses with African artists and stay up to date with upcoming webinars, competitions and more. The Absa Virtual Gallery is your portal to the best of the African fine arts.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Artist proof studios - 4 November 2021

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Absa L'Atelier 2021 winners

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