Matrinah Xaba

Matrinah, a petite, shy woman, was born on the 25th December 1970, at Kwavala, Loskop, KwaZulu-Natal.

She was at high school for a year before going to work at the Champagne Sports resort near the original Ardmore in the ‘Berg. While there she met some of the artists and after befriending Virginia Xaba was invited by Fée Halsted to join them at Ardmore.

In 2009 when the ‘Berg studio closed, she moved down to Caversham where she continues to paint very fine and delicate botanical work reminiscent of antique Indian chintz, usually on a white background.

Matrina has participated in all the Ardmore exhibitions both in South Africa and internationally, including the International Ceramics Festival in Wales, the South African Embassy Exhibition in Malaysia and three exhibitions in London: at Christie’s in 2003 and 2004 and at the State President’s residence in 2005.

Matrinah’s painting is exhibited at most of Ardmore’s shows around the world.

In 2014 Matrinah’s bowl was used as an image for a new series of South African postage stamps. The bowl was made by Obed (Mathendeni) Mkise.

Matrina has six children and is the sole breadwinner for her young family. She took up literacy education in 2014 at a school in Balgowan and now works from home.

Exhibitions

Awards

2014


South African Postage stamp

Exhibitions

1992


Volkskas ExhibitionDurban

The Natal RouteJohannesburg

1992-1996


Gallery on TyroneJohannesburg

1994


Natal Society of Arts exhibitionDurban

1996


Meklenberg Groote SchuurCape Town

1997


State President's Guest HousePretoria

Catalyst GalleryJohannesburg

1998


Exhibition SA Embassy ResidenceGermany

Marl Concert HallGermany

Germany Exhibition SiegenGermany

Thyssen Forum DusseldorfGermany

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg

1999


Bordeaux St GalleryWestern Cape

Gallery on TyroneJohannesburg

2000


ABSA BankJohannesburg

2001


International Ceramic Arts FestivalWales

Hospice ExhibitionJohannesburg

SA Embassy ExhibitionMalaysia

2002


Charles Greig JewellersJohannesburg

2003


Christie’s exhibitionLondon

2004


Christie’s auctionLondon

City Arts CouncilEdinburgh

2005


Private exhibitionLondon

Christopher GreigJohannesburg

2006


Amaridian GalleryNew York

Private exhibitionLondon

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg

2007


Christie’s auctionLondon

‘Cats of the World’Johannesburg

2008


Amaridian GalleryNew York

‘Wonderful World of Ardmore’Cape Town

2009


South Africa HouseLondon

2010


Anagama GalleryFrance

Pascoe & CoUnited States

SOFA (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art)United States

‘Travellers of Africa’Johannesburg

2011


‘Ivory and Ebony’Cape Town

‘Clay: The Art of Earth & Fire'United States

Hallwyl MuseumSweden

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireNAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) Faire

Eboka Spring CollectionPretoria

2012


Ed Pascoe International Ceramic ShowUnited States

Ardmore AviaryCape Town

Les Ceramiques Zouloues ArdmoreFrance

Endangered Animals ExhibitionLondon

An African CollectionAustralia

Naada FaireJohannesburg

Ardmore CarnivalCape Town

CarnivalJohannesburg

ArdmoreLuxembourg

ArdmoreMauritius

ArdmoreFrance

ArdmoreGeneva

Patrick Mavros Christmas Safari WeekLondon

A celebration of Zulu Life and ArtistryUnited States

Ardmore AustraliaSydney

2013


Ed PascoeUnited States

‘Monkeys and Magnolias’London

Isabelle Turquin GalleryFrance

Ceramic FairFrance

Naada FaireJohannesburg

‘Just So Crocodils and Other Curiosities’Johannesburg

Safari WeekLondon

Patrick MavrosZimbabwe

2014


‘Great Herds of Africa’Cape Town

‘Great Herds of Africa’London

‘Inspired by the Ocean’Western Cape

‘Birds Of Africa’Johannesburg

‘Great Herds of Africa’Kenya

‘Birds of Africa’Zimbabwe

2015


WMODA, Pascoe & Co.United States

‘Animal Botanical’Cape Town

2016


‘Kalahari Cats’Cape Town