Neo Image Matloga, born in Mamaila, Limpopo in 1993 – a year before the dawn of the
South African democracy. Influenced by one of his father’s understanding of art quotes
“art should heal psychologically” and the energy projected by South African youth,
Matloga's process is like putting a symphony together, - poems, photographs, ink washes,
pieces of cloth, charcoal, and collage. His paintings, drawings and collages express daily life
in black households in his native country South Africa. He brings into existence fragments of
incredible happiness from his own upbringing, classical moments of existence and poetic
moments he remembers of growing up in South Africa. His practice does not suggest that
all black families were/are happy the same way.
Matloga pursued his visual art studies at the University of Johannesburg and in 2015,
the same year he graduated he completed a residency at the Bag Factory. He has
participated in various exhibitions, both locally and internationally. At the age of 24 his
work already lies in the City of Ekurhuleni, the South African Embassy in Washington DC
collection as well as other private collections. Matloga lives and works in Amsterdam -
Netherlands, where he is currently a resident participant artist at De Ateliers.