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Selvin November (b. 1969) was born in, and still lives and works in Cape Town. He completed a Diploma in Art and Design at Cape Technikon and was awarded a three-month residency on Robben Island in 1996. His latest solo exhibitions were The Portrait Speaks at the AVA Gallery in Cape Town in 2008 and Young, Free and Single, as the Festival Artist at the University of Stellenbosch Woordfees 2019. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions – the most recent being a group show at the AVA gallery, entitled, Salon Cape Town, in 2018

“I’m an artist who explores socio-political issues such as Globalisation, Identity and Memory, utilising a visual language to express my ideas onto a painted surface. My current work explores the notion of Freedom and its binary Slavery, Production and Consumption and addresses the conditions of economic access in the contemporary Art World and society at large. The work investigates ideas pertaining to the notion of what the role street culture places in our current socio-political space, and taking to the streets as a platform to voice your grievances”. 

Selvin is currently a full time artist with a Studio space at 63 Carlisle str, Paarden Island, Cape Town.Diploma in Art and Design from The Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Group Shows 

1989 – 2003

various group shows including: 20 years later: Steve Biko Exhibition at the District Six Museum, Engaging the shadows at Robben Island, Dis Nag at Slave lodge, Talk, Thetha, Praat exhibition at Idasa Gallery, Returning the Gaze and One City Festival Exhibition, Granary.

2004   UWC Gender Equity Exhibition;

2004   Upfront and Personal, South African Nation Gallery

2004   Upfront and Personal, Johannesburg Art Gallery

2006   Face(In) Cape Town, Goodhope Castle

2007   Who are they really, group show, XCape, 38 Special

2008   The best of Outreach, A.V.A gallery

2009   group show, creative block

2010   group shows, creative block

Spanish Embassy Exhibition, Spanish  Ambassador’s Residence

2011   group shows, creative block

             group show, AVA, A Natural Selection: 1991-2011

2012   Ingekleur, group show, A.V.A gallery

2012   video installation, Iziko Slave Lodge June 2012 – February 2013, Remember November: What is in a name?

2013   Pentimenti, A Collaborative Group Show with Louis Jansen van Vuuren, Sasol Museum

Re-Imagine Cape Town exhibition, part of Suidooster fees

2014 Pentimenti, part of Woord fees. Curated by Louis Jansen van Vuuren Pentimenti, A Collaborative Group Show with Louis Jansen van Vuuren, Sasol Museum

2015    Portretteer: close-ups in image and text Oude Libertas Gallery, curated by Louis Jansen van Vuuren

2016    break the spell, a groupshow at Oude Libertas Gallery, curated by Louis Jansen van Vuuren

2017   Cape Art fair, collaborative work with Spier academy

2018   Cape town Salon, group show, AVA Gallery

2019   Self, group show, GalleryGlenCarlou 

Solo Shows

1998   solo, AVA gallery,

2007       Solo, Memory Project, video work, AVA

2008   Solo, The portrait speaks, A.V.A gallery

2019   Solo Exhibition, US Woordfees festival artist

2019   current Solo at Worldart, Freedom of the streets