Joachim Schönfeldt

Joachim Schönfeldt (1958 - )Although he was born in Tshwane, South Africa, at just three weeks old, the family moved to Namibia where he went on to complete his schooling. Next up was the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and after graduating Schönfeldt worked for Meneghelli Holdings as a curator and researcher in historical African Art. In 1988, he became a full-time artist and has exhibited widely since then, including at the 56th Venice Biennale. Schönfeldt’s prints and sculptures often feature animals or South African landmarks – sometimes depicting iconography of what he imagines a pan-African religion might look like – such as a two-headed lion or bird. In his etchings, he deeply embosses images into the paper, colors them with oil paints that are sealed with a high gloss, and then clear ink varnish to tantalize the viewer into questioning the two-dimensionality of the printed surface.