South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga has won the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award for 2015.
Born in Umtata in the Eastern Cape, in 1984, Athi-Patra Ruga is a multi-disciplinary artist that uses a mixture of performance art, tapestry, fashion and many more mediums – including his own body, to express and explore the border-zones between fashion, performance and contemporary art.
His work, which is coated with multi-layered cultural under and overtones, exposes and subverts the body in relation to structure, ideology and politics. Ruga has been exhibiting work since 2006 and has had his work showcased at several prominent art events and galleries including Dak’Art – Biennale of African Contemporary Art,
the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa, the 55th La Biennale di Venezia, and MU Foundation in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
Most recently, Ruga was included in the Phaidon book ‘Younger Than Jesus’, a directory of over 500 of the world’s best artists under the age of 33.
Currently residing in Johannesburg, Athi-Patra Ruga is represented by WHATIFTHEWORLD gallery.