Born in South Africa in 1992, Olwethu De Vos is a contemporary multidisciplinary visual artist and curator currently residing and working in Johannesburg.
De Vos received her Baccalaureus Technologiae degree from the acclaimed Tshwane University of Technology where she majored in glass blowing, sculpture and figure drawing. Throughout her career, De Vos has been the recipient of the Teresa Lizamore Curatorial Mentorship Programme in 2017. She also participated in the Thami Mnyele National Fine Arts Award where she was selected as one of the top fifteen finalists. De Vos has had the pleasure of participating in numerous exhibitions such as the Arts Alive exhibition (2015), Thou Art Woman Group exhibition at MM Art House (2018) and All Womxn Matter by Julie Miller and [email protected] in 2020. De Vos has also participated in prestigious art fairs in the county such as the Fringe Art Fair at Victoria Yards (2019), Turbine Art Fair (2019), and FNB Art Joburg (2020).
De Vos further co-ordinates and facilitates workshops and programmes within the arts sector and has participated in practical and research seminars. As a curator, De Vos has curated over fifteen exhibitions at nationally applauded institutions such as the Pretoria Art Museum (2017), August House (2020), and the Goethe Institute (2021) amongst others. Beyond her artmaking and curatorial career, Olwethu De Vos also serves as the Co-founder of the For Sale Project and the Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize which aim at developing emerging artists ‘careers.
Exploring both two- and three-dimensional artistic approaches and techniques, De Vos’s body of work centres around the emotional, psychological and social wellbeing of individuals advocating for new positive ways of relating to one another.