Faith47/ Unknown

South Africa 1979

Street Art, Painting, Murals

www.faith47.com

Faith47
Unknown
Female
South Africa
1979

Located on the southernmost tip of the African continent, South Africa is widely known for its ethnic and cultural diversity and eleven official languages. But what many people don’t know is that the country has the contemporary art scene that is as diverse and vibrant as the population living there. One of the most talented creatives coming from this amazing country is Faith47, a street artist whose original name is still unknown but whose work is instantly recognizable. Inspired primarily by the social realities in her homeland, Faith47 creates striking graffiti and murals that deal with the universal themes of life, death, freedom, authority and respect. The artist also produces works on canvas, photographs and collages often with found objects which she cleverly incorporates into the artwork.

Faith47 - Lay Your Weapons Down, New York, 2015 world city years graffiti
Faith47 – Lay Your Weapons Down, New York, 2015

Tackling Social Realities

Born in 1979, Faith47 is a self-taught street artist and graphic designer active on the streets of Cape Town for more than fifteen years now. Through her creative practice, she conveys her thoughts on the political, social and environmental spheres and cultural traditions in her homeland. Her raw and realistic murals tackle issues like injustice and inequality making powerful political and social statements. Inspired primarily by the social realities in her country, she skillfully creates artworks that evoke strong emotions and illustrate the profound political and social instability of South Africa.

Video of the newest collaborative work from Faith47 and Lyall Sprong of Thingking

Nature-Inspired by Faith47

In her early works, Faith47 was interested in juxtaposing the large difference between the promises of a better life and some harsh realities of life that most South Africans have to face constantly. Additionally, she became interested in the themes like the human condition and our relationship to animals and nature, for example, her monochromatic piece Estamos Todos Los Que Cabemos – painted in Haarlem in 2015 – speaks of the migratory patterns of birds, while The Taming of the Beasts – painted in Shanghai in 2012 – draws attention to the execution of rhinos from their natural habitat. One of her most recent series of works is entitled 7.83 Hz, after the natural phenomenon in which thousands of thunderstorms each second create an “atmospheric heartbeat known as Schumann resonance,” the highest frequency of which is 7.83 Hz. In her pieces, this resonance serves as a metaphor for our collective actions, which create an overall reverberation that we can call human nature.

7.83 Hz series is inspired by an atmospheric heartbeat known as Schumann resonance

Faith47 Belgium, 2016 world city years graffiti 2014 paint design walls media
Faith47 – 1430-1350 BC, Belgium, 2016

Studio Works and Recent Exhibitions

Primarily known for her outdoor pieces, Faith47 creates nothing less than amazing studio works that she has exhibited in galleries throughout the world including her native country, Europe, Australia and the United States. The artist’s first personal show in her native county was held at David Krut Projects Parkwood from November 2012 to January 2013. Entitled Fragments of a Burnt History, the show was composed of an installation of found objects and pieces created in the artist’s studio. The exhibition was inspired by the Faith47’s experience of living in the city of Johannesburg and all the problems that a common person faces in his/her daily life. The exhibition was followed by a highly successful Aqua Regalia – Chapter One at Moniker Projects, London in 2014, and Aqua Regalia – Chapter Two at Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York in 2015. Her work is included in Freedom as Form exhibition, alongside BR1, Alexis Diaz and Eron at Wunderkammern Milano. The show is open until August 10, 2016.

Faith47 lives and works in Cape Town.

Featured image: Faith47 – portrait, photo via woostercollective.com
All images copyright of Faith47

YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Freedom as FormWunderkammern, Milan, ItalyGroup
2015Aqua Regalia Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, USASolo
2015Pow Wow TaiwanTaipei, TaiwanGroup
2015Landfill Meditation Street InterventionJohannesburg, South AfricaGroup
2015Art Liberté Group Exhibition, Du Mur de BerlinGare de l’Est, Paris, FranceGroup
2015Dragon Tiger Mountain Mural ProjectNanachang, ChinaGroup
2015Ono’u Mural ProjectTahitiGroup
2015Festival MuralMontreal, CanadaGroup
2015The Psychic Power of Animals Street InterventionNew York, USAGroup
2015Murals for Oceans Expedition Mural ProjectCozumel, MexicoGroup
2014Artscape Malmoe, SwedenGroup
20145 Sector Mural ProjectGlasgow, ScotlandGroup
2014Berlin Wall 25th Anniversary Group Show Paris, FranceGroup
2014Djerbahood Djerba, TunisianGroup
2014Forest for the trees mural festivalPortland, USAGroup
2014Rencontres Australes d’ImaitsoanalaAntananaraivo, MadagascarGroup
2014A study of Hair Group ShowBackwoods Galley, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2014Aqua Regalia London, UKSolo
2014Redux Group ShowInoperable Gallery, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2014Outdoor Urban art festivalRome, ItalyGroup
2014The art of collaboration Basel, Miami, USAGroup
2014Library Street Collective Group Show Basel, Miami, USAGroup
2014Artesano Mural Project Rio San Juan, Dominican RepublicGroup
2013Fragments of a burnt history David Krut Gallery, Johannesburg, South AfricaSolo
2013Pow Wow Mural Project HawaiiGroup
2013Anniversary Group Show White Walls Gallery, San Fransisco Group
2013Memorie Urbane Contemporary FestivalGaeta, ItalyGroup
2013Upfest Mural ProjectBristol, UKGroup
2013Escape the Golden Cage Vienna, AustriaGroup
2013Brotkunsthalle Group Show Vienna, AustriaGroup
2013XII Into the Dark - Group Show Unit44, The Victoria Tunnel, Newcastle, UKGroup
2013Scupltura Viva International SymposiumSan Benedetto del Tronto, ItalyGroup
2013DOS Group ShowToronto, CanadaGroup
2013Wall TherapyRochester, New York, USAGroup
2013Wooster Collective 10 Year Anniversary Show Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2013Nuart FestivalStavanger, NorwayGroup
2013MAUS Mural ProjectMalaga, SpainGroup
2013Avant-Garde Urbano Festival Tudela de Navarra, SpainGroup
2013Beyond EdenThinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2013Los Muros Hablan San Juan, Puerto RicoGroup
2013Women on the walls Jeffrey Deitch and Wynwood Walls, Miami, USAGroup
2012Fragments of a Burnt HistoryDavid Krut Projects, JohannesburgSolo
2012Antenna Garden Dal & Faith47 exhibitionRtist Gallery, MelbourneGroup
2012Carbon Event MelbourneGroup
2012International Women Warrington Museum, LondonGroup
2012Mural ProjectTel AvivGroup
2012Group ShowKulturhuset, StockholmGroup
2012Mural ProjectSion, SwitzerlandGroup
2012Mural Project Melun, FranceGroup
2012Paris Free WallsParis, FranceGroup
2012Wall Therapy, Mural ProjectRochester, New YorkGroup
2011Urban PaintingMilanGroup
2011MSA GalleryParisGroup
2011Outside 34 Long Gallery, Cape TownGroup
2011Urban Mural ProjectGreeceGroup
2011Gossip Well ToldWarrington Museum, LondonGroup
2011City Leaks FestivalCologneGroup
2011Gossip Well ToldBlackall Studio, LondonGroup
2011Visual InterventionRochesterGroup
2011ArchetypesView Art Gallery, EnglandGroup
2011Batelier street art weekendSlovakiaGroup
2011Artmosh MunichGroup
2011Street Art Exhibition Wuppertal Museum, GermanyGroup
2010Moniker Art FairLondonGroup
2010Stroke03 Art FairBerlinGroup
2010Escape 2010VeinnaGroup
2010Sao Paulo BiennialSao PauloGroup
2010Urbanus International Mural Project ChinaGroup
2010Focus10 SwitzerlandGroup
2010Le Salon Du Cercle De La Culture A BerlinCircle Culture Gallery, BerlinGroup
2010Design For HumanityThinkspace, Los AngelesGroup
2010For Those Who Live In It… Mu Gallery, EindhovenGroup
2010Muao ProjectA Coruna, SpainGroup
2010Paint Your FaithAayden Gallery, VancouverGroup
2010Cool Stuff 34 Fine Art Gallery, Cape TownGroup
2010Nothing Is EverythingWord Of Art Gallery, Cape TownGroup
2010A Cry For HelpThinkspace, Los AngelesGroup
2009The Generations The Showroom Gallery, New YorkGroup
2009ArtmoshParisGroup
2009EpitaphMrego, BrusselsSolo
2009Artotale International Mural ProjectLueneberg, GermanyGroup
2009Group Soup Word Of Art Gallery, Cape TownGroup
2009No New Enemies Mr Ego, BrusselsGroup
2009Four34 Long Fine Art Gallery, Cape TownGroup
2008The Restless Debt Of Third World BeautyAtm Gallery, BerlinSolo
2008The Restless Debt Of Third World BeautyThe Woom Gallery, BirminghamSolo
20081st Internationale Graffiti BienaleBelo Horizonte, BrasilGroup
2008Anything Could Happen Carmichael Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2008Fatally YoursCrewest Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2007CrossoverShowroom Gallery, New YorkGroup
2007Be Girl BeJntermedia Arts, MinneapolisGroup
2007Pick Of The Harvest, Batch Four Thinkspace Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2007The Art Of The Living DeadBaseline Studios, South AfricaGroup
2006Lines Of Attitude Group Exhibition and Mural ProjectSouth Africa And KenyaGroup
2005Subglob Group ExhibitionOrebro, SwedenGroup