Dave Robertson is a self-taught visual artist, born in Zimbabwe and based in Cape Town.
His photographic work is primarily a form of social commentary. ‘Plakkerskamp, Bonnievale 2003 -2012’, his first photographic book, was recently published by a humanitarian organisation in Luxembourg, Europe. The book spans nine years and documents a group of marginalised people living in an informal settlement a few hours drive from Cape Town.
His career highlight was winning an award at Spier Contemporary 2010 for a documentary photographic project focussing on informal recyclers in Johannesburg.
Previous to this, he was best known for a series of expressionist, hand-painted photographs of township scenes in Southern Africa which were exhibited at galleries in Germany, the Netherlands and at “Photo LA 2004” in Los Angeles, USA.
More recently his work has been exhibited by several galleries in South Africa including the Irma Stern Museum, the Bell-Roberts Gallery, Kalk Bay Modern, Focus Contemporary and the Kim Sacks Gallery.
For the past 15 years, he has also been working as a freelance art director in the film industry and have recently retired to focus on becoming a full-time visual artist.
Worldart Gallery, Cape Town, hosted his first exhibition of large-scale abstract paintings in 2011. Entitled ‘concrete trails, urban tails’, the show was surprisingly successful and sold out in a few weeks.
2012 ‘Plakkerskamp,Bonnievale 2003-2012’ , Chateau de Wiltz, Luxembourg
2011 ‘concrete trails urban tales’, (abstract paintings),Worldart Gallery, Cape Town
2010 ”Point of Focus”, (Group photographic show),Kalk Bay Modern, Cape Town.
2010 ”Bonani Africa Festival”, (Group photographic show),Cape Town.
2010 Spier Contemporary 2010 : Award Winner for ‘Paper Trails’ documentary series.