Jan Maribe. Courtesy of Oliewenhuis Art Museum.

Oliewenhuis Art Museum pledges assistance and support of unique sculptors

All proceeds of sales will go to Jan Naledi Maribe’s family

It is with great sadness that Oliewenhuis Art Museum announces the tragic passing away of the talented local woodcarver Jan Naledi Maribe on 24 July 2019.  Not only was he a very talented artist, but a beautiful soul.

Jan Maribe. Courtesy of Oliewenhuis Art Museum.Jan Maribe. Courtesy of Oliewenhuis Art Museum.

Jan Naledi Maribe was born in Winburg in 1973. He was a self-taught artist and started making wooden sculptures in 1992. His signature approach to woodcarving was quirky stylized figures and birds, and he also created a series of life-like portraits of well-known South African icons such as Nelson Mandela and Steve Biko.

All proceeds from sales of his sculptures will go to his wife in support of his children and funeral costs. Please assist the family by purchasing a unique, exquisitely carved sculpture.

Robala  ka  kagisho Jan Naledi Maribe go tswa mo ba bereking ba Oliewenhuis.

Oliewenhuis Art Museum has pledged its assistance and support to the artistic well-being of this unique group of disadvantaged sculptors as the Museum strives to actively participate in the artistic life of the Free State Province. The sculptors are supported by the income generated from the sales of their work. The artists determine the price of each artwork and Oliewenhuis Art Museum takes no commission.