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Kilmany-Jo Liversage (b. 1973) lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. She creates portraits that sit at the blurry boundary between fine art and graffiti.

Adopting the graffiti or urban art language allows her to update, renew and challenge the conventions of painting, though her rendering of female subjects are inspired by Renaissance era portraiture. It also references digitised mass production and a futuristic post-human world, populated by perfect-looking female cyborgs. The result is a series of brightly coloured large-scale paintings, evoking the street, art history and the future.

With a list of achievements between 1995 and now, including a Sasol New Signatures Award in 2000 and a UNESCO bursary in 2005 as well as an artists’ residency in Colombia, she has had the opportunity to explore and interpret the concept of street art in a unique way.

About her most recent series of portraits the artist issued the following statement:
“During the Machine Age, artists would reduce their compositions to its smallest constituent parts. With my current paintings I manufacture this deconstruction by combining the painting tradition of portraiture with idiosyncrasies from the urban culture of tagging. This enables me to explore the intersection between street art and fine art while reconstructing them into a new genre of portraiture.” – Kilmany-Jo Liversage.


  • 1997 B.Tech Fine Arts, Free State Technikon
  • 1994 H.Dip Fine Arts. Free State Technikon. Received a distinction in Painting


  • 2013 Back 2 back to Biennale. 55th Venice Biennale
  • 2005 UNESCO Aschberg Bursary, Paris France
  • 2004 Spier Arts Trust (Spier Sculpture Biennale)
  • 2000 SASOL New Signatures Art Competition (Best Painting)
  • 1995 Coca-Cola Bursary
  • 1994 Distinction-H.Dip FA (Painting)


  • 2005 UNESCO Asch erg-Medellin, Colombia, South America


  • 2005 Centro Colombo Americano. Paul Bardwell Contemporary Gallery of Modern Art – Medellin, Colombia
  • 2005 University of Bolivariana, Department of Graphic Design, Colombia


  • Nando’s collection
  • Department of Science and Technology, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Absa Bank Art Collection, South Africa
  • Centro Colombo Americano. Paul Bardwell Contemporary Gallery of Modern Art – Medellin, South America
  • Comfandi Centre-Cali, Colombia


  • 2018 Chroma718. Everead Read Gallery, Johannesburg
  • 2016 Orda716. Worldart, Cape Town
  • 2016 Orda716. Lizamore & Associates
  • 2015 Ordamental515. Hay Hill Gallery, London
  • 2014 Obversa714. Worldart, Cape Town
  • 2014 Obversa714. Lizamore & Associates
  • 2012 Portra. Source 53, Singapore
  • 2012 Portra. Artspace gallery, Johannesburg
  • 2012 Portra. Worldart gallery, Cape Town
  • 2011 Moniker. Worldart, Cape Town
  • 2010 Orda 2010. Erdmann Contemporary
  • 2009 Symbol of Tribute. Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town
  • 2006 Orda 2006. Blank Projects
  • 2003 Orda 2003. Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town


  • 2011 Tattoo Convention, Word of Art, Woodstock, Cape Town
  • 2010 Creative Context: A Group Show by Contemporary African Fine Artists. Singapore
  • 2010 World Aids Congress – Vienna, Brussels
  • 2010 Matters Conceptually, Erdmann Gallery, Cape Town
  • 2005 Graffiti is Public Art, Jardin Botanical Garden, Medellin, Colombia
  • 2004 Spier Outdoor Sculpture Biennale 2004, Stellenbosch, Cape Town


Worldart Conversations 2: Kilmany-Jo Liversage

Kilmany-Jo Liversage: Venice Biennale 2013

Kilmany-Jo Liversage: 16 Days Of Activism Against Violence on Women and Children

Kilmany-Jo Liversage: 16/365 Interview on Morning Live

Published Articles

Female cyborgs designed by men for men

Kilmany-Jo Liversage Cape Times 13 July 2016 Read More

From The Macadam To The Milky Way:

‘Street Level,’ Group Exhibition Curated By Andrew Lamprecht Art Africa September 2015 Read More

Painting now and the end

Ashraf Jamal Financial Mail October 2015 Read More

Squiggles & scribbles and other cultural happenings

Kilmany-Jo Liversage ED Gallery November 2014 Read More

Straatkuns, skone kuns op een doek

Kilmany-Jo Liversage Die Burger 21 Julie 2014 Read More

Bright young things

Kilmany-Jo Liversage, Vitshois Bondo, Dion Cupido Art South Africa December 2013 Read More

Off the Wall

Kilmany-Jo Liversage Mercedes Benz Life 11 June 2013 Read More

Underground art coming out

Kilmany-Jo Liversage Weekend Argus 14 May 2011 Read More