(b. 1951 Pietersburg, South Africa)
Anton Momberg was born in 1951 in Polokwane, Limpopo province. He is a sculptor of portraits and figures, working in bronze and polyester resin. He studied at Port Elizabeth Technikon, under Hillary Graham and Neil Rodger, gaining a Teacher’s Diploma in Fine Art, majoring in sculpture. Anton Momberg has emerged as arguably South Africa’s finest realist in sculpture, focusing mainly on the female nude. His finely crafted work cast in marble dust and resin has an unearthly, unsettling quality that somehow makes a monolith of the contemporary female form, as distinct from the “Venus” of antiquity.
Momberg’s latest exhibition features 11 bronze sculptures titled “Maquettes for the Freedom Statue”, which will be enlarged and erected at the Nelson Mandela home in Qunu in the near future. The project was commissioned by the Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlement.
The works are designed to not only represent the 11 official languages of South Africa, but also to symbolise the freedom and joy of the country’s diversity. Nelson Mandela’s memory is set to be honoured in with this very special piece of art from Port Elizabeth taking center-stage at a new development near the late leader’s home-town of Qunu. The final sculpture will eventually tower more than 40m over the surrounding villages and will clearly be visible from the N2. The final installation will consist of 11 bronze figures of children dancing and playing, each measuring 3.5m in height, standing on top of 40m-high columns.
Maquettes For The Freedom Statue, Solo Exhibition, Everard Read Johannesburg, South Africa
South Africa: The Art of the Nation, the British Museum, London UK.
Opening Gallery Group Exhibition, CIRCA Gallery, London, UK
Johannesburg Art Fair
Bronze, Steel and Stone, Group Exhibition, Mount Nelson and Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa
Mahatma Gandhi by Anton Momberg, CIRCA, Johannesburg
15th Anniversary, Group Exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
View From the South, Group Exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Ampersand Fellowship Exhibition, Warren Siebrits Modern and Contemporary Arts
Group Show, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Solo Exhibition at the GFI Gallery, Port Elizabeth
Art London, Group Show, London, UK
Cape Town Salon, Cape Town, South Africa
Group Show, BelvilleArt Society, South Africa
Cape Town Triennial, Cape Town, South Africa
Two Man Exhibition, South African Art Society, Pretoria, South Africa
Cape Town Triennial, South Africa
Dr Danie Craven, Western Province Rugby Union Despatch Rugby Club. Heinz Betz for P.E. Technikon Prof. E Marais for University of Port Elizabeth Molly Blackburn for Molly Blackburn Senior Secondary School Dr Rose Innes for Uhenhage Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu for East London Municipality
Francis Baard for Francis Baard District Municipality, Port Elizabeth
The Donkin Lady for Nelson Mandela Metropol Municipality, Port Elizabeth
WORKS IN PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
Nelson Mandela Metropol Art Museum, Port Elizabeth
South African National Gallery, Cape Town
The Durban Art Gallery
The Johannesburg Art Gallery
The William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberly
The Standard Bank Collection