Barbara Wildenboer has participated in several group exhibitions and art fairs both nationally and internationally, including South Africa, San Francisco, Washington, London, Dubai, Sydney and Hong Kong. In 2011 she was nominated and subsequently selected as one of the top 20 finalists for the Sovereign African Arts Award for which she received the Public Choice Prize. She has been awarded several international residencies such as the Unesco-Aschberg residency (Jordan, 2006), the Al Mahatta residency (Palestine, 2009) and the Red De Residencias Artisticas Local (Bogota, Colombia, 2011), the Rimbun Dahan artist residency (Penang, Malaysia, 2013), L’Atelier Sur Seine (Fontainebleau, France 2016). Wildenboer lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. She obtained  a Masters in Fine Art (cum laude) from the Michaelis School of Art at the University of Cape Town in 2007. Before that she completed a BA (Ed) with majors in English literature, Psychology and Pedagogics at the University of Pretoria in 1996 followed by a Bachelor of Visual Arts from UNISA.



2007Master of Fine Art (with distinction), Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa
2003Bachelor of Visual Arts, UNISA, South Africa
1996BA (Ed) with majors in English literature, Psychology and Pedagogics, University of Pretoria

Solo exhibitions

2017The Invisible Gardener, Everard Read/CIRCA, Cape Town
2016Mythematics, MContemporary Gallery, Sydney
2015Something Rather Than Nothing, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong
2014The Lotus Eaters, The Reservoir Gallery, Oliewenhuis Museum, Bloemfontein
William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley, North West University Gallery, Potchefstroom, South Africa
2013Disjecta Membra, Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong
2012Canaries in the coalmine, ErdmannContemporary, Cape Town and Aardklop, Potchefstroom
2011Library of the infinitesimally small and unimaginably large, ErdmannContemporary, Cape Town
2008Present Absence/Absent Presence, ErdmannContemporary, Cape Town
2008Vanitas, AVA, Cape Town
2006Everyday Alchemy, Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan
2004Rites of Passage, AVA, Cape Town

Selected group exhibitions

2017Cut Up /Cut Out, travelling Museum Exhibition, Bellevue Arts Museum, WA (June 30 – Oct. 20, 2017) Huntsville Museum of Art, AL (Nov. 19 – Feb. 11, 2018), Pensacola Museum of Art, FL (March 2 – June 17, 2018) Ellen Noël Art Museum, Odessa, TX (July 19 – Oct. 14, 2018) Foosaner Art Museum, Melbourne, FL (Nov. 10 – Feb. 3, 2019) Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI (Mar. 2 – May 26, 2019).

2017Booknesses: South African Artists’ Books – FADA Gallery, As part of the BOOKNESSESS COLLOQUIEM held at the University of Johannesburg.

2017By the Book, Kaller Fine Arts, Washington DC

2017Reality Check, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town

2016This is Not a Book, The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, California, USA

2016Surface and Subtext, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town

2016nano- Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2016/2015Map of the New Art – Imago Mundi – Luciano Benetton Collection, Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venezia, Italy and New York

2016The Art of the Book, The Seager Gray Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2016Lush, SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch
2015Ten years of Artists Books, A collection of artists’ books curated for the Brooklyn Public Library, New York.

2015Picture & Paper, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2015The Spiritual in the Material, Lizamore and Associates Gallery, Johannesburg

2015The Art of the Book, The Seager Gray Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2015The Artist as Author, Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudshoorn, Karoo

2015Empire, Everard Read, Cape Town
2014Butterflies in my Stomach, XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi, DUBAI
2014artMRKT international art fair in San Francisco, United States
2014The Art of the Book, The Seager Gray Gallery, San Francisco, USA
2013Crossing the Divide Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town
2013Wonder Works, The Space, HONG KONG
2013Cape Town International Art Fair, Cape Town
2013Joburg Art Fair Johannesburg 2013
2012Conversations, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
2012Clover Aardklop Arts Festival, Potcheftstroom
2010Es(Cape), Pretoria Kunsvereniging, Pretoria
2012Art International Zurich, Switzerland
2011Implemented Environments, Brundyn & Gonsalves, Cape Town
2010Return to the Land, Klein Karoo Kunstefees, Oudshoorn
2010Matters Conceptually / Conceptual Matters (part I and II), ErdmannContemporary, Cape Town
2010Reading between the lines, US Gallery, Stellenbosch
2007Greenhouse, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Lourensford estate, Stellenbosch
20093d Riwaq Biennale, Birzeit, Palestine
2008-2009Construct: Beyond the Documentary Photograph (Travelling exhibition) Unisa Gallery, Pretoria, KZN Gallery, Durban, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Gallery, Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown Art Festival (Main show), Grahamstown, Goethe Institute, Johannesburg
2008Print 08: Myth, Memory and the Archive, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Woodstock
2007Come, Michaelis Gallery, Cape Town, KZNSA, Durban
2007Critic and Committee’s Choice, AVA, Cape Town

Residencies / Awards

2016L’Atelier Sur Seine residency, (Fontainebleau, Paris)
2013Rimbun Dahan residency, Penang, Malaysia
2011Red De Residencias Artísticas Local at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, (Bogotá, Colombia)
2011Public Vote Prize, Sovereign African Arts Award (
2009Al Mahatta residency (Palestine)
2006Unesco-Aschberg residency (Jordan)
2006MacIver Scholarship
2005/6KW Johnstone Scholarship
2005/6Jules Kramer Award
2005/6Harry Crossley Scholarship