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Artist Profile

Makhubele

Billy Makhubele and Jane Makhubele are a husband and wife team who design and make colourful art works based on the historic events which have occurred in South Africa.
Billy designs the piece and Jane (as well and his other wife, Jamina) and his 7 daughters make artworks out of beads, pins, mirrors and other objects on cloth.
The Makhubeles still live in the rural area in the Limpopo province and are represented by Natalie Knight who has been their agent for over 20 years. Jane, who is illiterate, copies the words from newspaper captions in order to create her innovative beadwork.
Billy Makhubele was a pioneer in the making of wire sculpture and was selected to represent South Africa at the Valparaiso Biennale in Chile in 1985. The artworks produced by the Makhubele family are represented in many museums and public collections in South Africa.

Billy Makhubele was one of the curators ( with Nessa Leibhammer of the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) and Natalie Knight) of Dungamanzi/Stirring Waters, an exhibition of Tsonga/Shangaan art and culture. The exhibition was held at JAG in 2007 and during 2008 at the National Galleries in Cape Town and Bloemfontein.
Billy Makhubele , is respected as a collector of rare beaded artworks and items of clothing of the Ndebele and Shangaan. Many of these items are today preserved in major public collections in South Africa.