Neo Image Matloga was born in 1993 in Mamaila, a small town in Limpopo province, South Africa. He currently lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where he recently completed a two-year residency at De Ateliers.
Matloga works with drawing, painting and collage to make large-scale mixed media pieces on paper or canvas, depicting domestic scenes which capture memories of daily life during the artistâ€™s childhood. These monochromatic works play with surrealism and perspective, pushing light, shadow and line to the edge of abstraction. The artistâ€™s practice is a meditation on the healing properties of family and home, showing fragments of happiness and togetherness in the midst of struggle, and the new hope which was emerging at the time â€“ hope for a democratic future after the end of Apartheid.
Solo projects include Good Morning Midnight, De Ateliers, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2018); Molatelo, SCOPE Art Fair, New York, NY, USA (2017); and Moo re tswang gona, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa (2016).
Selected group exhibitions include Tell Freedom: 15 South African Artists, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands (2018); â€˜Letâ€™s see, where were we? In the pit of despair.â€™, De Ateliers, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2017); Post Its, Constitutional Court, Johannesburg, South Africa (2016); South African Voices, Gallery van Dorst, Wassenaar, Netherlands (2016); Considering Genius, Res Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa (2016); New Voices IV, Lizamore and Associates Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa (2015); Time Line, Bag Factory, Johannesburg, South Africa (2015); and South African New Voices, Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington, DC, USA (2014).
Before participating in the De Ateliers residency in Amsterdam from 2016 to 2018, Matloga completed a residency at the Bag Factory in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2015.