About the artist

Cape Town based artist Dave Robertson has been producing artwork and exhibiting since the mid 90’s. Initially known for his photographic work, he has exhibited at several galleries in Germany, USA, the Netherlands and South Africa.

At the Spier Contemporary 2010 competition, Robertson won an award for Paper Trails, a documentary photographic project focusing on informal recyclers in Newtown, Johannesburg.

Immediately following this achievement, he began to focus intensively on abstract painting. In 2011 he had his first solo exhibition of abstract paintings at Worldart gallery in Cape Town.

His photographic book entitled, Plakkerskamp 2003-2012 documents a marginalized community in the Western Cape, over a nine year period. This book won a prize at the Lëtzebuerger Buchpräis 2013, a national book award ceremony, in Luxembourg.

In 2014 he was selected to exhibit work in a significant group show; “Twenty years of Democracy”, which showed at the Appalachian State University, North Carolina, USA.

In 2015 a similar group show was presented as;“Twenty: Art in the time of democracy”, which showed at the Pretoria Art museum and the University of Johannesburg.

Recently he was shortlisted for the “Riseart Art Prize 2018”, an online gallery based in the U.K.

 Recent  Exhibitions 

2019 “Turbine Art Fair”, represented by Candice Berman Gallery, Johannesburg.

2019 “Unspoken Unsaid”, photographic group show, Kalk Bay Modern.

2019 “Today”, AITY Gallery, Franschoek, Western Cape.

2018 “Ancillary Axes”, Candice Berman Gallery, Johannesburg.

2018 Twentieth Anniversary show, Artvark gallery, Cape Town.

2018 “Allen and Overy War Child Auction”, Berman Contemporary,Johannesburg.

2017 Inaugural group show, Berman Contemporary, Johannesburg.

2017 “Michaelis Silent Auction”, Smith gallery, Cape Town.

2017  “Drought”, group show, Artvark gallery, Kalk bay.

2017 “Cape Town Salon”, group show, AVA Gallery, Cape Town.

2017 “Rise Art Prize 2018”, shortlisted from 16000 entrants. riseart.com, UK.

2016 “Ephemeral Pleasures”, Moor Gallery, Franschoek.

2016 “Muse Montage”, Eclectica Modern Gallery, Cape Town.

2016 “Materialisation”, Group show, Art in the yard gallery, Franschoek.

2016 “A tribute to Rose Korber”, Group show, AVA Gallery,
Cape Town.

2015 “Twenty:  Art in the time of democracy”, Group show, University of Johannesburg.

2015 “Twenty:  Art in the time of democracy”, Group show, Pretoria  Art Museum.

2015 “Partially Nomad”, THATARTFAIR,Woodstock, Cape Town.

2014 “Twenty years of Democracy”, Group show, Appalachian State University, North Carolina, USA.

2014 “Urban Wonderland”, Group photographic show, Kalk Bay Modern,Cape Town.

2014 “Great Stock”, Group show,  AVA Gallery, Cape Town.

2014 “Survey”, Group show, Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg.

2014 “Partially Nomad”, Solo show, Res Gallery, Johannesburg.

2013  “Artreach“, Group show, AVA  Gallery, Cape Town.

2013  “Proverbs”, Group show, Church St. Gallery, Cape Town.

2013  “Plakkerskamp”, winner of Lëtzebuerger Buchpräis, Luxembourg.

2012 “Plakkerskamp”, book launch, Chateau de Wiltz, Luxembourg.

2011 ‘concrete trails urban tales’,  Worldart Gallery, Cape Town.

2010 ”Point of Focus”, Group show, Kalk Bay Modern, Cape Town.

2010 ”Bonani Africa Festival”, Group show,Cape Castle, Cape Town.

2010  “Spier Contemporary 2010”, award winner for ‘Paper Trails’ series.

2009 “Spirit of Ubuntu”, Exposure Gallery, Cape Town.

2008 “Rain”, Focus Contemporary Gallery,Cape Town.

2007 “Abstract Egypt”,Focus Contemporary Gallery, Cape Town.

2007 “CT 24”, (Group show), Focus Contemporary Gallery,Cape Town.

2005 “Remember”,Irma Stern Gallery, Cape Town.

2004 “De Dependance”,Smelik & Stokking, Den Haag, Netherlands.

2004 “PhotoLA 2004”, The Perfect Exposure Gallery, LA,USA.

2001 “Absolut Cape Town”,(Group show), Pinnacle Building, Cape Town.

2000 “Collaboration”,(Group show), Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town.

1999 “Colour Spirit”, Jazz Radio Station, Berlin, Germany.

1999 Exhibition of lithographs: Kim Sacks Gallery, Johannesburg.

1998 “Colour Spirit”, Marzahn Library, Berlin, Germany.

1998 “Colour Spirit”, ARTCO, Leipzig, Germany.

1998 “Colour Spirit”, Jojo Centre, Berlin, Germany.