Thebe Phetogo Botswana, b. 1993

"The idea of a different origin story for a black body is of interest to me, as well as the exploration of the limits of this malleable concept. During the residency in Lagos, I found inspiration from a variety of sources which formed the basis for a new body of paintings. These include modern African art historical references, Nollywood posters and my own impressions of Lagos."

- Thebe Phetogo

Thebe Phetogo received a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art and a Masters in Fine Art from the University of Cape Town, and a BA in Media Studies from the University of Botswana.


His work has been included in recent exhibitions including a solo exhibition, A Confluence, Unintended at 99 Loop Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa, 2020. Group shows include Fresh Voices at Guns & Rain in Johannesburg  (2020) as well as Joburg Fringe 2019, The Art Room (Johannesburg), The Botswana Pavilion - No Return at Gallery Momo in Cape Town, and The Botswana Pavilion - Subjective Nationhood at the Botswana National Museum and Art Gallery in Gaborone. Phetogo is a 2019 Cassirer Welz Award finalist and a 2020 Emerging Painting Invitational Prize finalist.