(South Africa 1930?– )
figure: 185.0 x 40.0 x 30.0cm:
a - figure; 181 x 40 x 30cm; figure with hat
a - figure; 185 x 40 x 30cm; length
b - hat; 29 x 25.5 x 14cm; length
c - shield; 62 x 37cm
d - knife; 49cm
e - spear; 94cm
Freddy Ramabulana was born in Venda, South Africa in 1930. He is a very traditional man, with a background in traditional woodcarving and wire weaving. His figures are roughly carved, often dressed in Western clothing, with glass eyes and wigs. Ramabulana is a distinctive carver, his figures expressing the unhappy relationships that exist between many of the indigenous people of South Africa and the consumerism of the West.
African Marketplace, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, 22 Aug 2002–28 Sep 2002.