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.



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

Solo exhibitions

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

Selected group exhibitions

2017 Cut 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).

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

2017 By the Book, Kaller Fine Arts, Washington DC

2017 Reality Check, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town

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

2016 Surface and Subtext, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town

2016 nano- Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

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

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

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

2015 Picture & Paper, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

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

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

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

2015 Empire, Everard Read, Cape Town
2014 Butterflies in my Stomach, XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi, DUBAI
2014 artMRKT international art fair in San Francisco, United States
2014 The Art of the Book, The Seager Gray Gallery, San Francisco, USA
2013 Crossing the Divide Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town
2013 Wonder Works, The Space, HONG KONG
2013 Cape Town International Art Fair, Cape Town
2013 Joburg Art Fair Johannesburg 2013
2012 Conversations, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
2012 Clover Aardklop Arts Festival, Potcheftstroom
2010 Es(Cape), Pretoria Kunsvereniging, Pretoria
2012 Art International Zurich, Switzerland
2011 Implemented Environments, Brundyn & Gonsalves, Cape Town
2010 Return to the Land, Klein Karoo Kunstefees, Oudshoorn
2010 Matters Conceptually / Conceptual Matters (part I and II), ErdmannContemporary, Cape Town
2010 Reading between the lines, US Gallery, Stellenbosch
2007 Greenhouse, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Lourensford estate, Stellenbosch
2009 3d Riwaq Biennale, Birzeit, Palestine
2008-2009 Construct: 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
2008 Print 08: Myth, Memory and the Archive, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Woodstock
2007 Come, Michaelis Gallery, Cape Town, KZNSA, Durban
2007 Critic and Committee’s Choice, AVA, Cape Town

Residencies / Awards

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