Art Basel Miami Beach this year featured a few notable artists from our continent, including South Africans Zanele Muholi and Tony Gum, who’s been described not only as a hot new emerging talent, but whose work feels “both fresh and dynamic”. The art fair is one of the biggest on the global art calendar, and certainly the largest fair of contemporary art in the United States. It is a chance for more established and up-and-coming artists, such as Gum, who calls herself “an artist in learning”, to sell their work and also make those all-important connections. Gum was a featured artist at Pulse Miami Beach.
Gum is a film student at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, and told Man Repeller that what she’s doing “is producing a new prism through which to view African contemporary art, fashion and culture.”
As one of the younger representatives of South African art, she is very humble and insists on saying she’s still learning. A self-taught artist armed with a camera and a vision who stumbled into art more than initially studied it in order to pursue it, she’s been described variously as an “It Girl” and “The Coolest Girl in Cape Town”.
Having met Tony Gum (confabbing with other young black female artists at the Iqhiya AVA panel earlier this year), it’s hardly surprising, as she exudes humility, beauty and style with a rather quirky knowingness that translates into using herself as a canvas for her unique art.
Here she is in Miami being interviewed by Artsy:
Tony Gum is represented by the Christopher Moller Art Gallery.