Gawie Joubert artist About page


Gawie Joubert (South African, b. 1988) is a visual artist, illustrator and graphic designer. He lives and works from his studio in Durban, South Africa

Joubert obtained a Graphic Design degree from the North-West University in 2010. Hereafter, he had a brief career as an award-winning Art Director, Illustrator and Illustration lecturer. 

In 2014, Joubert focused his attention on his budding fine-art career and became a full-time artist. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions and art fairs locally and abroad and has been selected as part of the Top 30 for the SA Taxi Foundation Art Award (2017) and the Top 100 for the Thami Mnyele Fine Art Award. Joubert held his debut solo exhibition, Biophilia in 2016 at In Toto Gallery in Johannesburg. In 2017, he was invited to The Budapest Art Factory International Artist and Curator Residency Program where he spent 5 months living and working in Hungary. Joubert is currently working towards his third solo exhibition in November 2017 at Rust en Vrede Gallery in Cape Town.

Joubert is known for his ethereal ink and charcoal drawings, that evolve around complex connections between humans and nature. His current work can broadly be described as an experimental process, where he masterfully surrenders control to allow his medium to lay the foundation for his art-making. Fueled by his belief that humans are dependent on nature for psychological and physical well-being, Joubert creates artworks mostly depicting morphed figures and greenery. These artworks simultaneously explore the artists own interest in the fluidity of identity.

Gawie has been an absolute pleasure to work with. Each show he has been included in has been a success, with clients responding to his works in the gallery and commissioning more to be done after the show. His work is beautiful, experimental and thought-provoking. He is definitely a young, upcoming artist to watch!
— Megan Kidd, Curator
Gawie is a thoughtful and conscientious artist who gives fine attention to detail in his works. He is highly skilled as an artist and an exceptionally talented graphic illustrator. Joubert’s dedication to his work and the meticulous working processes makes him an artistic talent to be reckoned with. I have worked with him during the Clover Aardklop Arts Festival 2015, where Joubert exhibited in the group show entitled, “The Games People Play”. His careful and diligent consideration of the theme was remarkable. Joubert’s professional demeanor and approachable personality correlates with his incredible work ethic and this would be my foremost reason for recommending him as a professional artist.
— Doreen de Klerk, Co-curator


  • 2019 Selfie, Glen Carlou, Cape Town

  • 2019 In-between flesh and bones, ψυγείο Project Space, Larnaka, Cyprus.

  • 2018 Grand IV, Rust en Vrede, Cape Town

  • 2018 Turbine Art Fair, Lizamore & Associates, Tubine Hall, Johannesburg

  • 2018 Salon group show, Lizamore & Associates, Johannesburg

  • 2018 Group show, Eclectica print Gallery, Cape Town

  • 2018 Jan Celliers, Lizamore & Associates, Johannesburg

  • 2017 20x20, In Toto Gallery, Johannesburg

  • 2017 Jan Celliers, Lizamore & Associates, Johannesburg

  • 2017 SA Taxi foundation art awards, Lizamore & Associates, Johannesburg

  • 2016 SAADA, Red Room, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town

  • 2016 That Art Fair, Red Room, The Palms, Cape Town

  • 2016 World Art Dubai, Red Room, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai

  • 2016 30 x 30, Rust en Vrede, Cape Town

  • 2016 Alteration, 99 Loop Gallery, Cape Town

  • 2016 Group show, Red Room, Cape Town

  • 2015 Fresh Young Talent, In Toto Gallery, Johannesburg

  • 2015 #Voices Against Xenophobia, Greenside Quarter, Johannesburg

  • 2015 Turbine Art Fair, In Toto Gallery, Tubine Hall, Johannesburg

  • 2015 Games People Play, Clover Aardklop Festival, Potchefstroom

  • 2015 Young Collectors, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria

  • 2015 Spring, The Art Room, Johannesburg

  • 2014 Gold Rush, In Toto Gallery, Johannesburg

  • 2014 Menagerie, In Toto Gallery, Johannesburg

  • 2014 Turbine Art Fair, In Toto Gallery, Tubine Hall, Johannesburg

  • 2014 Colour in the Forest of Winter, The Art Room, Johannesburg

  • 2014 Joburg Fringe, Aerial Empire, Johannesburg

  • 2014 Thami Mnyele Fine Art Awards, Coen Scholtz Recreational Centre, Johannesburg

  • 2014 Salon One, Upstairs@bamboo, Johannesburg

  • 2014 The Benediction of Shade II - Joburg: City of Trees, David Krut, Johannesburg



  • 2017 Növényember, Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Cape Town

  • 2017 Human Nature, Budapest Art Factory, Budapest

  • 2016 Biophilia, Curated by Megan Kidd, In Toto Gallery, Johannesburg



  • 2017 Top 30 SA Taxi foundation art award

  • 2014 Top 100 Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards

  • 2012 Pendoring (Gold)

  • 2012 BEES Awards (Gold)

  • 2012 John Caples International Awards (Gold)

  • 2011 Pendoring Finalist

  • 2011 Loerie Finalist


  • Budapest Art Factory, Budapest, Hungary, June - October 2017


  • Art Director, Joe Public, Johannesburg, 2011 - 2012

  • Designer and illustrator, Garage East, Johannesburg, 2012 - 2014

  • Illustration lecturer, DSSA 2015

  • Design Lecturer, Vega 2018 - Currently

  • Freelance artist, 2014 - Currently