During the 2015 Heritage month an exhibition "Tladi Unearthed" at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, provided an opportunity to view Moses Tladi's works.
Moses Tladi is considered the first Black artist to have his work exhibited around the country.
Tladi's talent as a landscape painter flourished in the 1920s and 1930s. At the Grahamstown Arts and Craft Festival Exhibition in March 1932, Tladi won the first and second prizes in the open section for landscape and seascape painting.
However, his life was tied up with the political landscape of the time. Until the end of apartheid in South Africa, his works were exhibited at 'whites-only' galleries that he often could not enter by law.
In 1956 he and his family were victims to the forced removals from picturesque Kensington B, South of of Johannesburg to SOWETO.
He sadly stopped painting and passed away in 1959.
The Artist's life story is told In the book "Artist in the Garden": The Quest for Moses Tladi, by Angela Lloyd. (Print Matters. NoordhoeK 2009)
The exhibition at the Iziko Museum in Cape Town ended in March 2016. The paintings were then transferred to the the Grahamstown Arts and Craft Festival Exhibition, where in 1932 Moses Tladi had the first second prize for a landscape painting.
From October 2016 the paintings will be exhibited at the Wits Art Museum (WAM) in Johannesburg.
Picture from an Iziko South African National Gallery Poster.