Jaco Spies

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Jaco Spies is a visual artist born in Bloemfontein, South Africa, and studied Fine Arts (specializing in drawing and history of art) at the University of the Free State where he is currently a lecturer in New Media, Drawing and Printmaking & Painting.

In 2007 he became the first-ever Free State-based artist to win an ABSA l'Atelier merit award. Other grants and awards he received include a Fellowship from the Ampersand Foundation with a residency in New York, a merit bursary for postgraduate study and as well miscellaneous awards such as the Nosa Poster Competition.

Apart from a solo exhibition titled Dissemination at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum (21 July - 18 August 2009), he has participated in numerous group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. Some of these include the NOSA Poster Competition Finalist Exhibition (1994), the PPC Young Concrete Sculptor Awards Finalist Exhibition, Pretoria (1995), Outskirts I&II, Rembrandt van Rijn Art Gallery, Market Theatre Galleries, Johannesburg, curated by Storm Janse van Rensburg and Steven Hobbs (1997, 1998), a travelling exhibition of artworks by Free State artists to Belgium (1997), National Printmaking exchanges (1998 and 1999), group exhibitions at the KKNK (1996) and Aardklop National Art Festival (1999, 2008, 2009) various ABSA l'Atelier Finalist Exhibitions (1998, 1999, 2005, 2007) the Brett Kebble Art Awards (2005), Internet Art in the Global South (a special project for the Joburg Art Fair) (2009), and The Marks We Make at the Goodman Gallery Cape (2010).

Recently he was invited to participate in the French Digital Art publication MCD in the form of an Artist's Portrait in an issue dedicated to Digital Art in Africa (DIGITALE AFRIQUE - CREATION NUMERIQUE ET INNOVATION EN AFRIQUE) (2013).

He also participated in the French Dialogues project, an exhibition of 38 selected South African Artists, exhibited at the Orangerie, Senate: Paris, (5 June 2013 until 16 June 2013) curated by SANAVA and the Benetton Imago Mundi Exhibition at the Querini Stampalia Foundation in Venice (2015), Venice Biennale.

Although most of his recent artworks are digitally based (animation, interactive, net, print), he also works in traditional mediums.

Collections where his artworks are represented include the Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Polokwane Art Museum and the Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery and many private collections.