B.A. Studio Art, Williams College, 2007 B.A. Visual Arts, Williams College, 2007 , Whitney Independent Study Program, 2008 M.F.A. Interdisciplinary Studio, University of California, Los Angeles, 2011
Meleko Mokgosi is an artist who works within an interdisciplinary framework to create large-scale project-based installations. By working across history painting, cinematic tropes, psychoanalysis, and post-colonial theory, his practice interrogates narrative tropes and the fundamental models for the inscription and transmission of history alongside established European notions of representation in order to address questions of nationhood, anti-colonial sentiments, and the perception of historicized events. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Botswana National Gallery, The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art. Mokgosi is also Faculty Fellow-in-Residence at Second Street.
In February 2017, Professor Meleko Mokgosi has been selected as a recipient of a 2017 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Fine Arts. The Prizes are awarded to immigrants who have demonstrated outstanding achievement during the early stages of their careers. Each prize includes a cash award of $50,000.
Meleko Mokgosi's solo show was praised in The New Yorker'sTalk of the Town section.
In April 2015, Mokgosi and The School, Jack Shainman Gallery curator Darby English discussed Mokgosi's practice and works currently on view at The School, Jack Shainman Gallery's Kinderhook, NY location.
Selections from Professor Mokgosi's exhibition, Pax Kaffraria, were exhibited at Art Basel in Miami Beach in 2015.
Professor Mokgosi had his debut solo exhibition at Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, where he presented the final chapters of his three-year long history painting project Pax Kaffraria. Selections from the project were featured at Art Basel in Miami Beach. He was featured in The New York Times article, "Brooklyn Inspires African Artists" in October of 2014. Along with Laura Slatkin, he organized the spring 2014 Distinguished Faculty Lecture featuring the artist Mary Kelly.