William Kentridge

Currently based
Johannesburg, South Africa

South African draughtsman, film maker and sculptor

William Kentridge studied at the Johannesburg Art Foundation and the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. In 1998, a major retrospective exhibition opened at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. A second exhibition, co-organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, took place in 2001. Kentridge has participated in a number of international biennales and in Documenta X (1997) and XI (2002). He has been the recipient of numerous prizes including the Kaiserring Prize (2003), the Carnegie Prize, the Carnegie International (2000), Standard Bank Young Artist Award (1987), and the Red Ribbon Award for Short Fiction (1982).


2003 Honorary Doctorate, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa Kaiserring Prize, Mönchehaus-Museum für Moderne Kunst, Goslar, Germany
2003 Sharjah Biennial 6 Prize, United Arab Emirates
2000 Residency as Master Artist, Civitella Ranieri Center, Italy
2000 Carnegie Prize, Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1998 Staged his first opera - Return of Ulysses, Brussels, Belgium
1998 European Museum travelling exhibition starts in Brussels, Belgium
1998 Hugo Boss Prize (nomination), SoHo Guggenheim, New York, New York
1992 Staged first theatre project in conjunction with Handspring Puppet Company
1991 Weekly Mail Short Film Competition Award, Johannesburg, South Africa for “Mine”
1990 Weekly Mail Short Film Competition Award, Johannesburg, South Africa for “Monument”
1989 First animated film in Soho Eckstein series
1988 Founding member of the Free Filmmakers Co-operative
1987 Standard Bank Young Artist Award, Grahamstown, South Africa
1985 Blue Ribbon Award, “American Film Festival,” New York, New York for “Salestalk”
1984 Olive Schreiner Prize for Drama, Cape Town, South Africa for “Randlords and Rotgut,” (collaboration with Junction Avenue Theatre Company)
1982 Red Ribbon Award for Short Fiction, “American Film Festival,” New York, New York for “Howl at the Moon"
1981 - 1982 Studied mime & theatre at the Jacques Lecoq, Paris, France
1976 - 1978 Studied Fine Art at the Johannesburg Art Foundation, South Africa
1974 - 1976 BA, Politics/African Studies, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
1973 Schooling at King Edward VII School, Johannesburg, South Africa