Athi Patra Ruga





Born 1984 in Umtata, South Africa



Athi-Patra Ruga is a hastily ascending young artist whose approach is one of wilful confrontation, underpinned nonetheless by a finely honed aesthetic sensibility.


Athi Patra Ruga’s current work interrogates issues of sexuality, gender politics and the complexities of first and third world influences in contemporary South Africa. Drawing on a diverse range of influences from traditional Xhosa folklore, hip hop culture and the material aspirations of the rising South African black elite, Rugas work is manifest through textiles, video, performance, interventions, and photography.


Born in Umtata South Africa Athi Patra Ruga has had two solo exhibitions in South Africa and has exhibited extensively abroad, notably at the Dakar Biennale in Senegal, the 3rd Guangzhou triannle, Guangzhou China, the IFA Gallery Berlin and the Stenersent Museet in Norway.



Athi Patra Ruga, Deadboyz Auto Exotica Series 1, 74 x 107 cm, Edition of 5 +2 AP, Photographer: Oliver Kruger
Facebook Twitter Instagram