Nokukhanya Langa

Nokukhanya Langa 1991

Lives in Groningen. Works in Groningen en Gent, Belgie.
Represented by:

Galerie van Gelder

Nokukhanya Langa (1991) makes paintings, for a large part. She is on her way to become the founder of Soft Political art. Her abstract paintings come rather often with somewhere a hidden smile (i.e. an abstracted smiley) or are provided with texts of people that surround her. Whether by a member of an academy jury or gallerist opinions are put upon Langa. She paints tube-like borders on canvasses as if she wants to isolate these areas from the rest. Sometimes she ‘repairs’ her paintings with tape as a kind of band aids. In Galerie van Gelder the main wall is surrounded with a black tube-line with which a factual text statement is shown leading to a Soft Political artwork. A sculpture of fabric and painted wood and a text “Slow Fade” raises questions on borders and being pushed, perhaps. But there is one thing that is for sure when she comments on the Other: “Wherever something stands, someone will stand beside it.”

Market position


One of four nominees of the George Verberg Grant is alumna Langa Nokukhanya (Masters of Arts, Minerva, Frank Mohr Institute, 2018). She wants to create a storied world that represents the journey throughout the Baltic States and the vogue art scene. In this video, she tells more about her work. In 2020 she will be a participant of HISK in Ghent, Begium.


Born in 1991, Silverspring, Maryland, USA Lives and works in Groningen, Netherlands and Ghent, Belgium Education 2018 MA Painting (Cum Laude), Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen, Netherlands 2017 MFA Study Exchange, Hunter College, New York, USA 2013 BA Studio Art (Honors), Moravian College, PA, USA Awards, grants, nominations 2018 Shortlisted, George Verberg Stipend 2018 Nomination, Buning Brongers Prize 2016 Holland Scholarship, Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science 2012 SOAR Research Grant Recipient, USA Solo exhibitions 2019 About what, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam 2018 From Here, Now, (solo) Galerie van Gelder & AP, Amsterdam Selected group exhibitions 2019 Slaap Lekker Studio, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam 2018 Buiten Westen, Deventer, Netherlands 2018 Intoto 6, Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, Paris, France 2018 Headliners, The Sugar Factory, Groningen, Netherlands 2018 Sad Alchemy, Paul van Eerden, Museum de Buitenplaats, Eelde, Netherlands 2017 Untitled, De Nieuw Kolk, Assen, Netherlands 2017 Fomo, De Nieuw Kolk, Assen, Netherlands 2017 A State of Mind, Haus34a, curated by Marc Bijl, Bad Bentheim, Germany 2016 Work in Progress, Groningen, Netherlands 2014 Arushi Arts, New Delhi, Inidia 2014 Mercantile Gallery, Easton, USA Publications 2014 Dust, The plates of the present, organized by Thomas Fougeirol and Jo-ey Tang 2018 Intoto Collections Dust, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France Jindal Power Ltd., Tamnar, India