Marco Cianfanelli

 

Marco Cianfanelli was born in Johannesburg in 1970 and graduated, with a distinction in Fine Art, from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1992. He has had seven solo exhibitions – the most recent being data: process – and has won numerous awards, including the ABSA L’Atelier and Ampersand Fellowship.

 

Well-known for his bold public art pieces and large-scale sculptural works, he was a member of the design team for The Freedom Park, South Africa’s national monument to freedom, situated in Pretoria. And his monumental fragmented portrait sculpture, Release, was  inaugurated to symbolically mark the 50th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s capture at the site in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands. Cianfanelli’s latest public works, of unprecedented scale, have just been realized in Abu Dhabi and he is currently working on a project for Texas tech University System.

 

His work can be found in public and private collections in South Africa (Sasol, Absa, Diadata, Bloemfontein Art Museum) Europe and the United States (MOMA NY, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art).

 

www.marcocianfanelli.com

 

 

2014

selected commissions projects and public work

Falcons, a collaboration with architect Jeremy rose; Yas Mall; Abu Dhabi

Convergent & Divergent, Yas Mall; Abu Dhabi

selected group exhibitions

From Sitting to Selfie, the Standard Bank Gallery; Johannesburg

Blood, Sweat & Tears, ABSA Gallery; Johannesburg

 

 

2013

selected commissions projects and public work

Shadow boxing, Johannesburg CBD

Seed, Standard Bank, Rosebank Johannesburg

 

selected group exhibitions

Earth matters, the Smithsonian National Museum of African art; Washington

 

 

 

2012

selected commissions projects and public work

Release, Nelson Mandela Capture site, Howick

Dying Slave, Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

 

 

selected solo exhibitions

data: process, The University of Johannesburg; Johannesburg

 

 

2011

selected commissions projects and public work

Sharpeville memorial, Sharpeville, Johannesburg

Leopard’s Leap Winery, Franschoek, Cape Town

 

selected group exhibitions

Site-Specific, Plettenberg Bay

 

 

2010

selected group exhibitions

Twenty: South African sculpture of the last two decades curated by Andrew Lamprecht, Nirox Foundation; Johannesburg

The winter show, The Goodman Gallery; Johannesburg

?, The Cairo Bienale; Cairo

 

selected commissions projects and public work

Tokara Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, Cape Town

The Fields 2, Hatfield, Pretoria

ABSA Towers West, Johannesburg

Freedom Park, Member of professional design team, Pretoria (2004-10)

 

2009

selected solo exhibitions

Absent Fields, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

selected group exhibitions

Contemporary Sculpture in the Landscape, Nirox Foundation; Johannesburg

selected commissions projects and public work

Pieter Roos Park, Hillbrow (Commissioned by the Trinity Session, on behalf of the Johannesburg Development Agency)

University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park

Durban International Conference Centre, Durban

NWU, Potchefstroom, North-West Province

The Fields 1, Hatfield, Pretoria

selected awards, residencies and grants

Nirox Foundation residency

 

2008

selected group exhibitions

Intervention, UNISA Art Gallery, Tswane

Production Marks, National Arts Festival, KZNSA Gallery, The Goethe Institute

Heptad, The Art Space, Johannesburg

selected commissions projects and public work

ABSA, 11 Diagonal Street, Johannesburg CBD (2007-2008)

ABSA Capital, Sandton

Baragwanath Taxi Rank, Soweto (Commissioned by the Trinity Session, on behalf of the Johannesburg Development Agency)

Donald Mackay Park, Hillbrow (Commissioned by the Trinity Session, on behalf of the Johannesburg Development Agency)

selected awards, residencies and grants

Nominee, Mercedes-Benz Award for Art Project in Public Spaces

 

2007

selected group exhibitions

Spier Contemporary 07, Stellenbosch

Positive, Sun City

Aardklop 10, Potchefstroom

selected commissions projects and public work

Worldwear Mall, Johannesburg

Anglo Gold Ashanti: Head office, Newtown, Johannesburg (2006-2007)

 

2006

selected solo exhibitions

Projected Development: Return to Begin, Aardklop Festival Artist, Potchefstroom

selected commissions projects and public work

Sunday Times Heritage Project: Origins Centre, Wits University, Johannesburg

Department of Science and Technology: CSIR, Pretoria

University of Johannesburg Arts Centre: Auckland Park, Johannesburg (2005-2006)

selected awards, residencies and grants

Beeld Plus Aartvark Award for Innovative Work, Aardklop Arts Festival, Potchefstroom

 

2005

selected solo exhibitions

Projected Development, Solo exhibition at Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg

selected commissions projects and public work

Forum Homini, The Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng

MTN, Head office, Fairlands, Johannesburg (2002-2005)

selected awards, residencies and grants

Final shortlist of three, Mandela Bay Statue of Freedom Competition (joint entry with Jeremy Rose of Mashabane Rose Architects)

 

2004

selected group exhibitions

Brett Kebble Art Awards, Cape Town

selected commissions projects and public work

CTICC, Cape Town

selected awards, residencies and grants

Major Award, Brett Kebble Art Awards

 

2003

selected solo exhibitions

Absa Gallery, Johannesburg

selected commissions projects and public work

FNB Call Centre, Randburg, Johannesburg

 

2002

selected group exhibitions

Joint exhibition with Stephanus Rademeyer, The Art Space, Johannesburg

Once were Painters, KKNK, Oudtshoorn

selected commissions projects and public work

Roche Pharmaceuticals, Head office, Sebenza, Johannesburg

Tristar Construction, Head office, Edenvale, Johannesburg

selected awards, residencies and grants

Absa Atelier Award

Joint second place, International Architecture Competition, Freedom Square, Kliptown, Johannesburg (group entry with Paragon Architects and Green Inc Landscape Architects)

 

2001

selected group exhibitions

We Love our Customers, Hungarian Embassy, New York

selected commissions projects and public work

Hollard Street Mall Upgrade, Hollard street Mall, Johannesburg CBD

Pikitup, Head office, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Rosebank African Market, Rosebank, Johannesburg

selected awards, residencies and grants

Absa Atelier Merit Award

Ampersand Foundation Fellowship

 

2000

selected group exhibitions

Tourguides of the Inner City, Urban Futures 2000, Rembrandt  van Rijn Gallery, Johannesburg

Hoerikwaggo, South African National Gallery, Cape Town

Sasol New Signatures Revisited, Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn

Emotions and Relations, Sandton civic Art Gallery, Johannesburg

selected commissions projects and public work

Media 24, Sandton, Johannesburg

 

1999

selected group exhibitions

Channel, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town

 

1998

solo exhibitions

Atlantis, Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet, Cape Town

selected group exhibitions

! Xoe: Site Specific, Nieu-Bethesda, Eastern Cape

selected awards, residencies and grants

Montagu White bursary for overseas study

 

1997

selected group exhibitions

Taking Stock, Co-curated and exhibited, Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Johannesburg

Cyst: Works in Paint; Good Hope Gallery, The Castle, Cape Town

No. 4, Hillbrow Fort, Johannesburg

selected commissions projects and public work

Faraday station Muti-Market Project: Faraday Station, Johannesburg CBD

 

1996

solo exhibitions

Record, Art Space, Newtown Cultural Precinct, Johannesburg

 

1992

BA FA majoring painting (with distinction), University of the Witwatersrand

selected awards, residencies and grants

Merit Award, New Signatures, South African Association of Arts

 

1988

Matric, Diocesan College, Cape Town

 

1970

Born in Johannesburg

 

Artworks in the SAFFCA Collection