Jaco van Schalkwyk

Jaco van Schalkwyk was born in 1981 in Benoni, South Africa. He grew up in the faith home, Jatniël: the headquarters of the Latter Rain Mission International. It is this background which informs his view of and interpretation of society and the landscape, which is the foundation of his body of work. He was educated at Brandwag Hoërskool and holds a BA degree in historical studies at UNISA.

His frequent travels abroad take him to some of the world’s great art museums and international exhibitions. This has given him a world-view on historical and contemporary art. In 2008 he attended an artist’s residency, hosted by the New York Art Students’ League in the USA.

He has also participated in numerous exhibitions both here and abroad and is represented in several collections: The Reserve Bank of South Africa, Barclays bank, RMB, the University of Pretoria, the University of Johannesburg and the Ellerman Collection.

The Barnard Gallery in Cape Town held three successful exhibitions for the artist in recent years; “Just a matter of Time” in 2012, “I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things” in 2013 and “Eden” in 2015. In 2013 he was also awarded the Sylt: Kunst Raum artist residency at the Barclays L’Atelier Competition.

He attended the Sylt Artist Residency in 2014, where he found inspiration for his solo exhibition “Eden” that was also shown at The ABSA Gallery in June 2015. This exhibition formed part of his Barclays L’Atelier merit award. In September 2015 he was also selected by the University of Johannesburg and sponsored by Zendai, to attend the 6th International Beijing Biennale in China where his work formed part of the South African Group exhibition “20 – Art in the time of Democracy.”