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Ryan Shava

1999
South Africa

12 Works exhibited on Kooness

Current location

Johannesburg

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Works by Ryan Shava

Lucifer in Therapy

2022

70 x 90cm

2100,00 €

After Party

2021

140 x 260cm

9100,00 €

Heavens' Army

2022

90 x 120cm

2100,00 €

The Observant Owl

2022

120 x 90cm

2300,00 €

Screed Mix

2022

120 x 90cm

2300,00 €

Midnight Blue

2021

260 x 140cm

9100,00 €

A Caricature

2022

120 x 90cm

2200,00 €

Water Fountain Baptists

2022

120 x 90cm

2200,00 €

Of Ghosts and Dreams

2022

100 x 100cm

2010,00 €

Cold Beer

2022

100 x 100cm

SOLD

Cheers

2022

100 x 100cm

SOLD

Black African Express

2022

120 x 90cm

2200,00 €

Ryan - Tanaka - Shava is a 22 year old South African artist with Zimbabwean heritage, adopted and raised by a Polish mother (art curator) in East London, South Africa, the birthplace of Nelson Mandela. Growing up around art, Shava started painting at the age of 9 and as a child prodigy had his first show at the Ant Bryant Art Gallery that same year. He was a Sasol Limitless Art Competition finalist at just 18, the youngest in the history of the show.

As a 13 year old, he started studying at Bulgravia Arts Center, a well-known fine arts institution, which has Athi-Patra Ruga and Norman Catherine as alumni. He was the first person to graduate with a perfect score of 100.

His current work is best described as Neo-expressionist, influenced by Jean-Michel Basquiat, however with strong ideas relating to contemporary South African life. His approach is one of reckless optimism. Seeing Shava paint feels like it’s all in the moment. However, he meticulously prepares his composition and subject matter, understanding color theory and the rules of fine art. “The art makes itself”, he says.

Cool kid that he is, you can see him painting graffiti and tagging poetry in Johannesburg, which he then adapts onto the surface of his work. Still today you can find him carrying markers around town, ready to create. Well known within the South African skate community, he worked with brands like Forgive Skateboards as resident artist and brand ambassador. 

Most notably, he exhibited - and sold out - at the Pretoria Museum of Arts, and finished a residency with Gallery Fanon in Johannesburg. 

Many international art collectors and aficionados buy his art in Johannesburg, and he sold out 5 shows in the USA through 1xRun in Detroit. His most recent focus is on creating a new body of work for a global audience interested in contemporary Southern African art.

“Art is the only thing that has been promised, still living.”

Ryan Shava

Bulgravia Arts Center 2012

 

Sasol Limitless Art Competition finalist 2018