Artist Profile



There is always more to Wayne Barker that meets the eye, or the heart, for his legacy will be an enduring one, as the best of the best this country has everproduced, reverbera- ting long afer his or our time.
It is impossible to overestimate Barker’s contribution the art worldas a whole. When he founded F.I.G (Famous International Gallery), where artists who cut their teeth there reads like a who’s whoof today’s art circuit: William Kentridge, Neil Goedhals, Lisa Brice, Joachim Schonfeldt, Kevin Brandt, Kendell Geers, Stephen Cohen, Ian Waldeck, Barend de Wet, MinetteVari, etc.
Braam Kruger, 2006 Business Day Art

Pretoria, South Africa, 1963
Tertiary Education
Postgraduate degree, Fine Art, Ecole des Beux Art, Luminy, Marseille, France, 1998 BA Fine Art, Michaelis, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 1984
Diploma Fine Art, Technikon Pretoria, South Africa, 1981
Volkskas Atelier, Merit award winner, 1998
Volkskas Atelier, Merit award winner, 1992
Wayne Barker has been involved in numerous projects, symposiums and workshops, involving academics, artists as well as children and communities.
Wayne Barker founded the Famous International Gallery, South Africa, 1989–1995
2012 ‘Love Land’, Circa Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2010 ‘Super Boring’ [solo exhibition and retrospective], SMAC Art Gallery, Stellenbosch; Standard Bank, Polokwane and Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2008 ‘Heal’ [solo exhibition], UCA gallery, Cape Town, South Africa Colletion101, [group exhibition] SMAV Art Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
2007 ‘007’ [group exhibition], Polokwane Art Museum. Sasol Wax Art Award Exhibition Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johanesburg, South Africa.
2005 ‘Land and Desire’, Gerard Sekoto Gallery, Alliance Française, Johannesburg. 2004 ‘Evidence’, ARTSPACE, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2003 ‘Black & white’, Art on Paper, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2003/2 ‘Lovers and Gurus’, Contemporary Art Space, Caen, France – 2 solo shows.
2002 ‘ITS ALL GOOD’, Crosspath Culture, New York.
‘Erratum’, Alliance Française of Johannesburg, South Africa.
2001 ‘Two Cousins’, Fig Gallery, London, UK. 2000 ‘Lost and Found’, NSA Gallery, Durban. 1999 ‘Fin de Ciècle’, Nantes, France.
1998 ‘Kunst is Kinderspielen’, Kunsthalle, Krems, Austria.
‘Beauty in Politics’, Millennium Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa.
‘All Washed Up in Pretoria’, Millennium Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa.
1997 ‘All Washed Up in Africa’, Gallery Frank Hanel, Cape Town, South Africa