Angela Banks

After completing my BA (FA) at the University of Pretoria in 1999, I took a part-time Mixed Media course at the Open Window Art Academy and during this year I taught Art part-time at St Mary’s Girls school in Pretoria. In 2001 I began studying my MA(FA) at the University of Pretoria and taught the Information Design Students there, figure drawing. I also taught figure drawing and perspective drawing to students at the Pretoria Open Window Art Academy. I continue teaching private classes at my home Studio in Johannesburg.

I exhibited in various group and solo exhibitions and have been on residencies in France as well as China which has afforded me the opportunity to experience European and Eastern art and has allowed me to exhibit internationally too.

Artists Statement

Amalgamating human and animal to create the hybrid satirical figure in her meticulous works, Angela Banks comments on the role of identity in today’s society and how we portray our identity through masks and guises. Banks creates a simulated reality with reference to various icons, archetypes and stereotypes inherent in the society in which we live. She told Marilyn de Freitas about her experiences and how we pose our identities behind ‘animal’ masks. 

1977 Born in Johannesburg, South Africa

1999 BA (Fine Arts) University of Pretoria

2000 Certificate- Mutli- Media Course, Open Window, Pretoria

2003 MA (Fine Arts) University of Pretoria

Selected exhibitions:


  • Deep in the Quiet, Everard Read, Franschhoek


  • Balancing the Acts, Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria
  • Wool Gathering, Trent Gallery, Pretoria


  • Glowing Shadows: A Quiet Introspection, Longstreet Art Lovers 1932, Pretoria


  • Gallery 011 Launch Exhibition, Johannesburg
  • 3 man show at Art Lovers Gallery, Pretoria
  • 'The Meander', 2 man show, The Tina Skukan Gallery
  • Group Ceramic Plate Show, Arts Association, Pretoria
  • Miniature Christmas show, Art Lovers Gallery, Pretoria


  • 'Sirens & Sailors', Group show at Pretoria Arts Association
  • 'Equus', Equus Gallery, Cavalli Estate, Stellenbosch


  • Turbine Art Fair, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg
  • 3 man show at Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville, Cape Town


  • 'Posing on Pedestals', Solo show at Pretoria Arts Association
  • SPI Portrait Award, Rust-en-Vrede Art Gallery, Durbanville
  • 'Tom Waits for No Man' show curated by Gordon Froud, traveling show


  • 'It Fell from the sky'- Creative Studio Gallery, Johannesburg


  • 'Watching on White', Arts Association, Pretoria
  • 'Altared Pieces', Artists respond to the lyrics of Leonard Cohen, Thompson Gallery, Melville
  • Arts Alive Exhibition, Pretoria


  • 'Parallel worlds', Innibos Festival, Nelspruit
  • 'Zoo II', Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria
  • Arts Alive Exhibition, Pretoria


  • 'Hybrid' Upstairs @ Bamboo, Johannesburg
  • 'Walk on by' Pretoria Association of Arts, Pretoria
  • 'Enigma' Upstairs @ Bamboo, Johannesburg
  • 'Our world unfiltered', Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria


  • Shenzhen Fine Art Institute, Artist in residence Exhibition, China
  • 'Encounter' Upstairs @ Bamboo, Johannesburg
  • Innibos Festival Exhibition, Nelspruit
  • 'Dit en Dat', Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria


  • 'Zoo', Magpie Gallery, Pretoria
  • 'Project' Upstairs @ Bamboo, Johannesburg
  • 'Space' Alliance Franse, Johannesburg


  • Cite Des Internasionale Artist in residence, Paris, France
  • 'Psykotrope' Gordart Gallery, Johannesburg


  • 5 Women, Gesseau Art Gallery, Johannesburg
  • Arts Alive Exhibition, Pretoria


  • 'Rumble in the Jungle' (Solo), Gesseau Art Gallery
  • 'Miniatures', Gordart Gallery, Johannesburg


  • 'About Face' (Solo- Masters), Centurion Art Gallery, Pretoria
  • 'Femina', Arts Association Gallery, Pretoria
  • 'No-A-Gender', Thompson Gallery, Johannesburg


  • 'Drawing Conclusions' Arts Association Gallery, Pretoria
  • 'Fresh 6x8' Arts Association, Pretoria


  • 'Launch' Open Window Art Gallery, Pretoria
  • 'Refill' Tina Skukan Gallery, Pretoria
  • 'Equus' Arts Association Gallery, Pretoria
  • National Print Exchange, Rhodes University Gallery, Cape


  • Volkskas Atelier Exhibition, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg
  • New Signatures Exhibition, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria
  • 'Veiled', The Millennium Gallery, Pretoria


  • Kempton Park Competition Exhibition (Top 100), Johannesburg
  • Reginal Turvey Bursary Award Exhibition, University of Pretoria
  • Bahai Architectural Exhibition, Grahamstown Festival, Cape
  • 'Double Exposure', Voss Street Gallery, Pretoria


  • Reginald Turvey Award: 1999
  • Franken Award for 4th year student with 'most varied and impressive body of work'
  • Puniv Bursary for Masters degree at University of Pretoria
  • Chosen to represent South Africa at the 'Focus on African Culture' Exhibition, China


  • University of Pretoria
  • Bahai Spiritual Assembly
  • Shenzhen Fine Art Institute, Chinese
  • Ministry of Culture, China
  • Stuttaford Van Lines Collection
  • Rhodes University: Graphic Printmaking collection
  • Art House Gallery
  • Transnet


Banks, A; Van Eeden, J. 2002. The odds on art in Casino Paintings. Communicatio, University of South Africa

1977 -
Nationality: Johannesburg South Africa
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