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Kyra Simoné Papé  a young South African artist,  born in 1993, and raised in Johannesburg focuses her practice on drawing, sculpture and printmaking. She is an abstract artist with a particular interest in materiality.

She has her Master of Arts in Fine Arts by Research (2018) as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Fine arts Degree from the University of Witwatersrand (2015).

As the Robert Hodgins award winner (2014) she went on to jointly achieve the Top Achievers award in the Fourth Year Fine Arts Department at the University of Witwatersrand (2015). She was a sculpture finalist in the PPC Imaginarium awards (2016) as well as being nominated by Artist Press for the Queen Sonja Print Award (2017). Her sculpture was selected for the top 100 in the Absa Atelier, Give Art Light Exhibition (2018). 

In 2019 her work, Average (11.9 | 6), was purchased for the Modern Arts Projects collection. Later that year 2019 she went on a six week residency with SAFFCA at Entabeni Farm in Knysna with artist Fatima Tayob Moosa. In 2020, she was selected as one of the artists commissioned to make a work for Art Bank South Africa.

Throughout her studies and practice as an artist, she has participated in numerous group exhibitions, fairs and has had a Solo Exhibition, Transude, in completion of her Master in Art, Fine Art degree at The Point of Order (March 2018).

CV with exhibitions & residencies below


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2019-  SAFFCA – South African Foundation for Contemporary Arts, A residency at Entabeni Farm in Knysna with Artist Fatima Tayoob Moosa (7th October – 19 November 2019).

2015-            Artist’s Press Studio – Monotype printmaking work shop in correlation with the Robert Hodgins Award (2014), Nelspruit (June, July 2015)  


Modern Arts Projects in South Africa (Harrie Siertsema); Artist Press Collection; Private collections; Wits Art Museum

Solo Shows

2018-         TRANSUDE, Kyra Papé. In Completion of a Master of Arts in Fine Arts. The Point of Order. Johannesburg Braamfontein (Corner Bertha and Stiemans Street, Noswall Hall) (15th – 30th March 2018)

Group Shows

2021- Turbine Art Fair – Evergreen 2021 Represented by Gallery 2 (September – October 2021)

2020- Latitudes Online – Represented by Gallery 2 (From October 2020)

The Sum of Unsettled Surfaces – Duo exhibition with Ross Passmoor and Kyra Papé. Gallery 2, Johannesburg (September 2020)

SEEART: Contemporary Surrealism Curated by Derek Zeitsman. Gallery 2, Johannesburg (Postponed)

Alliance FrançaiseIn correlation with Entabeni Residency Artists and August house Residency artists. At the Alliance Française Johannesburg. Artists: Fatima Tayoob Moosa, Kyra Papé, Kaloki Nyamai and Twanda Takura (February 2020)

2019-   Mazars Egoli Art Fair. Sponsored by Pin Point One as a feature artist. Mazars Office, Glenhove, Johannesburg. (October 2019) 

Turbine Art Fair, Represented by Gallery 2, Illovo, Johannesburg (July 2019)

Living Pallette – Curated by Cow Mash, Trent Gallery, Waterkloof, Pretoria (July 2019)

Compulsive – Curated by Cow Mash, Johann van Heerden Art Gallery, Garsfontein, Pretoria (June – July 2019)

ARTY Bollocks! – Curated by Bland and Boring: Ohdette Graskie and Chrisel van der Merwe. Including Diane Victor, Gordon Froud, Mmabatho Mokalapa, Lebohang Motaung, Richard Ndimande and others. The Project Space, Victoria Yards, New Doornfontein (April 2019); Open Window Institute, NOW Gallery – South Downs, Pretoria (May – July 2019)                                    

The Flesh Made Word – Priest Gallery Johannesburg, Rosebank. Group show including: Stephen Erasmus, Shenaz Mohamed, Wayne Matthews, Alison Shaw, Johan Thom and others (February – April 2019)

SEEART Contemporary Drawing – Curated by Derek Zeitsman. Gallery 2, Johannesburg (October 2018 –    February 2019)

2018 – Inktober – Assemblage Fundraiser  – Assemblage and Julie Miller Investment Art Institute, 44 Buckingham Ave, Craighall Park , Julie Miller Project Space, Johannesburg (November 2018)

The Paddock III, Curated by Derek Zietsman in collaboration with Sydney’s National Art School. Blue Door Print Studio, Melville, Johannesburg. Travelling exhibition to numerous countries. (Oct 6th -29th, 2018), (Johannesburg, Hong Kong, …)

Absa La Atelier 2018, Give Art Light, Top one hundred, Absa Art Gallery, Johannesburg, (13 Sep – 26 Oct, 2018)

Africa’s Art Collective Seasons: Spring, Julie Miller Investment Art Institute, Mall of Africa, Johannesburg. (Sep – Oct, 2018)                       

Turbine Art Fair, Represented by Gallery 2, New Town Johannesburg (July 2018)   

Africa’s Art Collective Seasons: Winter, Julie Miller Investment Art Institute, Mall of Africa, Johannesburg. (June 2018)

Autumn Exhibition, Gallery 2. Group show with Ross Passmoor, Rosemary Joynt and Gabriel Hugo. (May 2018)

2017-          The Inktober Exhibition, Assemblage. Nedbank, 96 Jorrisen Street, 7th Floor, Braamfontein.  (November 2017)

Cycling for Sisters: Art Auction: Delta Gala Evening. In aid of young school girls sanitary needs. Julie Miller Investment Art Institute, Midrand. (November 2017)

Art Auction: In support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Julie Miller Investment Art Institute, Midrand. (October 2017)

Turbine Art Fair, Julie Miller Investment Art Institute, Johannesburg (July 2017) 

Winter Exhibition. Gallery 2. A group show including: Marcus Neustetter, Eric Duplan, Wessel Van Huyssteen, Kyra Papé, Gail Behermann,Samson Mnisi, Laurel Holmes and Bronwen Findlay. (June 22 – July 23rd 2017)

2016 –    Situation. A Group Show including artists, namely: Igshaan Adams, Lehlogonolo Mashaba, Sikhombuzo        Makandula, Roberta Rich and Kyra Papé. Curated by Bahlakoana Lesemane, Gontse Mathabathe, Tshegofatso Mabaso and Kerry- Lee Clark. The Point of Order. (3rd November- 12 November 2016)

SINE/SIGN, Tsi Dza To Madze Meli O. Wits Fine Art Print Portfolio. The Point of Order. ( 7 Sep – 21st Sep  2016)

Shift. Assemblage South Africa. Curated by Gontse Mathabathe. (31st Aug- Sep 14)

PPC Imaginarium Awards 2016, Finalist. (Feb 2016 –August 2016)

Youngblood Arts & Cultural Development Foundation. Cape Town  (Feb 2016)

The design Indaba Conference and Expo, Cape Town (Feb 2016)

UJ Art Gallery, Johannesburg (March 2016)

Pretoria Arts Association, Pretoria (April 2016)

Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg (July 2016)

100% Design (Decorex), Midrand (August 2016) 

The Introduction Series, Edition II, Kyra Papé. Julie Miller Investment Art Institute, Mall of Africa. (13th October- 25 October 2016)

2015-         NEWWORK15 Graduate Show, 2015 Fourth Year Graduation Show, Wits Art Museum , Point of Order, Wits School of Arts (24th Nov –  6th Dec 2015)

Pigeon Hole Principle, Printing Collaboration with various departments within Witwatersrand, at Art on Paper. (3rd -8th Oct 2015)

Hatters gon’ Hat, A Wits School of Art Open Forum and WSOA Student Council in The Wits School Of Arts (Sep 2015).

NEWWORK15 Auction, Fourth Year Fundraiser at The Point of Order (Sep 2015)

PUNGWE @ Livestudio, Newwork15 fundraiser at The Point of Order (2015)

2014 –         One Night Stand, Pop Up Exhibition, Museum Of African Design (2014)

One Thousand Nine hundred and Thirty, Printing Collaboration with Artist Proof Studio (2014), at the Bannister Hotel (2014)






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Gallerist contacts

Gallery 2 –

Glynis Blomkamp – (+27) 083 457 4851

Julie Miller African Contemporary –

Julie Miller – (+27) 083 632 7741

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