Faith47

1979

Faith47 is a South African artist who has held solo exhibitions in New York, London and Johannesburg. Faith47 began painting in 1997, three years after the end of apartheid. Using a wide range of media, her approach is explorative and substrate appropriate – from found and rescued objects, to time-layered and history-textured city walls, to studio-prepared canvas and wood. A self-taught artist, Faith47 is widely regarded as one of the most famous South African street artists, although her art has reached international fame. Faith47 is also one of the most famous female street and graffiti artists in the world. As both a notable South African and woman street artist, Faith47 speaks both to female and Third World issues, a unique position compared to most street artists.
Common themes across Faith47's work include sacred and mundane spaces as well as political problems, from environmental destruction, border abolition, and humanitarian issues. Compositional motifs include women such as angels, lady liberty, and African mothers with children on their back. These female figures speak to women's issues such as motherhood and the feminization of poverty.
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