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Sthabiso Hadebe

Sthabiso was born in 1986 at Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal. After finishing school, he found work as a gardener.

His neighbours in the area, Ardmore sculptors, Petros Gumbi and Sabelo Khoza, introduced him to Ardmore Ceramic Art.

He started working in the Ardmore sculpture studio in 2008, but, after being mentored by Ardmore’s leading artists, Punch Shabalala and Siya Mabaso, Sthabiso decided that he would prefer to paint.

He has developed a distinctive style, using subtle colours and his own signature wild dog patterning.

His talent and innovative and sophisticated colour experimentation earned him his first major break: he was entrusted with painting Petros Gumbi’s sculptural tableau for the Grimaldi wedding in 2011.

This young artist with a brilliant smile is a rising star and someone who Ardmore founder Fée Halsted says “has brought something of his own to Ardmore and is someone to watch for the future”.

He dreams of being a fashion designer one day, translating his originality, gift for patterns and soft tonality into clothing. After his parents have passed away, Stabiso, who is responsible and generous, looks after his siblings.

Exhibitions

2010


‘Travellers of Africa’Johannesburg

2011


‘Ivory & Ebony’Cape Town

Le Negresco HotelFrance

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

Sprung from the Reeds: Ardmore and Ukhamba’Ardmore Caversham

2012


International Ceramic Show,United States

‘Ardmore Aviary'Cape Town

Les Ceramiques Zouloues ArdmoreFrance

‘Endangered Animals’ exhibitionLondon

An African CollectionAustralia

Naada Faire Antiques and CollectablesJohannesburg

Fabric and book launch: Ardmore, We Are Because of OthersHermanus

Fabric and book launch: Ardmore, We Are Because of OthersCape Town

‘Grand Carnival’, fabric and book launch: Ardmore, We Are Because of OthersJohannesburg

ArdmoreLuxembourg

ArdmoreMauritius

ArdmoreFrance

ArdmoreGeneva

Patrick Mavros Christmas Safari WeekLondon

A Celebration of Zulu Life and ArtistryUnited States

ArdmoreAustralia

2013


Pascoe & Co.United States

‘Monkeys and Magnolias’London

Naada Fair, Sandton, Johannesburg ‘Just So Crocodiles and Other Curiosities’Johannesburg

Christmas ShowZimbabwe

2014


Pascoe & Co.United States

‘Great Herds of Africa’Cape Town

‘Great Herds of Africa’London

'Birds of Africa’Johannesburg

Objects BiennaleUnited States

‘Great Herds of Africa’Kenya

‘Birds of Africa’Zimbabwe

2015


WMODA, Pascoe & Co.United States

‘Animal Botanical’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

2016


‘Kalahari Cats’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

‘The Great Zambezi’Patrick Mavros, London

'Celebrating the Year of the Monkey'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

2017


‘The Great Zambezi’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

'Savuti Dance'Patrick Mavros, London

'o'kavango'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

'pangolin'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg