16th Nov, 2023 18:00

20th Century & Contemporary Art

  Lot 26
Lot 26 - Athi-Patra Ruga (South Africa 1984-)


Athi-Patra Ruga (South Africa 1984-)
...Oh Pale Galliliean! You Have Conquered

wool and thread on tapestry canvas

Artwork date: 2009
Exhibited: WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town, '... Mr Floating Signifier and the Deadboyz.', 5 to 29 August 2009.


wool and thread on tapestry canvas

Artwork date: 2009
Exhibited: WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town, '... Mr Floating Signifier and the Deadboyz.', 5 to 29 August 2009.


58.5 x 109 cm; framed size: 88.5 x 140 x 7 cm


Private collection, Cape Town.



  • Athi-Patra Ruga was recently an artist-in-residence at the Irma Stern Museum in Cape Town. Here, he created new works in response to some of Stern’s most iconic paintings, which culminated in the exhibition, Athi & Irma …An Intervention, at the Museum in 2022.
  • In 2018 Ruga held a solo exhibition, Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions at Somerset House in London
  • The artist has been included in important institutional group shows including Crossing Night: Regional Identities x Global Context (2019) at the MOCAD (The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit) in Michigan, The Film Will Always Be You: South African Artists on Screen (2015) at the Tate Modern in London, Public Intimacy (2014) at the SFMOMA, San Francisco, A Tribute to Photography (2011) at the Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, Italy and This is not Africa - Unlearn what you have learned (2021) at the ARoS Museum in Denmark.
  • Ruga’s work was featured in the Venice Biennale in 2013 and in 2015 a solo performance, The Elder of Azania, was a part of the Johannesburg Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale.
  • The artist was awarded the Seydou Keïta Prize (Grand Prize) of Les Rencontres de Bamako by the Malian Ministry of Culture in 2017.
  • Ruga’s artworks have been seen in numerous international Art Fairs including 1-54 London (2023, 2022); Expo Chicago (2023,2022); Miart (2022) and Art Rotterdam (2022).


The artist is represented in local and international collections, notably, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town; Museion Bolzano, Bolzano and The Wedge Collection, Toronto.

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