Oliewenhuis helps fallen sculptor’s family

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The late Jan Naledi Maribe

The Oliewenhuis Art Museum is appealing to the broader Bloemfontein to support the family of the late sculptor, Jan Naledi Maribe, by purchasing one of his unique and exclusively carved sculptures.

Following the recent passing of Maribe, the art museum has announced that all proceeds from the sale of his sculptures will go to his wife, Kediboni, in support of his children and to cover the costs of the funeral.

He will be buried in Winburg on Saturday. He is survived by his wife, two sisters as well as a son and a daughter.

In a statement released this week, the art museum describes Maribe as someone who was not only a very talented artist, but also had a beautiful soul.
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 stylised figures and birds. He also created a series of lifelike portraits of well-known South African icons such as Nelson Mandela and Steve Biko,” reads the statement.

Maribe was part of a group of 10 local wood carvers from Mangaung and the Free State of whom a selection of unique hand-carved wooden sculptures are for sale at Oliewenhuis.
The 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. In addition to displaying and selling the artworks, Oliewenhuis Art Museum also supports the artists by providing advice and information on exhibiting, marketing and on visual aspects relating to their artworks.

Pieter Delport

pieterd@mahareng.co.za