Mohau Modisakeng was born in Soweto in 1986 and works between the cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Michaelis School of Fine Art and achieved his Master’s degree at the same institution in Cape Town.
Modisakeng’s artistic career has spanned over various mediums: film, large-scale photography, sculpture, static installation and live performance. He is known to use his body as a device in his art to explore the tumultuous history of South Africa. Modisakeng’s artworks often deal with themes of violence, social upheaval, black urbanity and cosmopolitan culture.
He was mentored by visual artist and painter, Jane Alexander. Modisakeng’s work has been exhibited at the IZIKO South African National Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, Dak’Art Biennale and Zeitz MOCAA. He was awarded the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art in 2016.