Wim Botha was born in 1974, graduated from the University of Pretoria in 1996, and currently lives in Cape Town. He has received a number of prestigious awards, winning the prize for best artwork at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees in 2001; being named festival artist at the KKNK in 2003; sharing the first annual Tollman award with Churchill Madikida in 2003; and winning the Standard Bank Young Artist award in 2005. His work has featured on major international group exhibitions of the work of African and South African artists, including Africa Remix (2004-2007) and Personal Affects: Power and poetics in contemporary South African art (2004-2006). Other recent group shows include the 11th Triennale für Kleinplastik in Fellbach, Germany (2010); Cape ‘07 in Cape Town (2007); Olvida Quien Soy – Erase me from who I am at the Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2006); and the 7th edition of Dak’Art, the Dakar Biennale (2006).
“My works are a process of distillations,” the artist explains. “They attempt to reduce all-encompassing ideas and universal factors down to their core idea.” Exploring along the way “intercepting variables” and “patterns”, his work also offers viewers a curious glance at “the things people do, need, construct to make sense of things,” be they grandiose and religious, or decorative and facile in a not so innocent fashion.