Cape Town based artist Dave Robertson has been producing artwork and exhibiting since the mid 90’s. Initially known for his photographic work, he has exhibited at several galleries in Germany, USA, the Netherlands and South Africa.
At the Spier Contemporary 2010 competition, Robertson won an award for Paper Trails, a documentary photographic project focusing on informal recyclers in Newtown, Johannesburg.
Immediately following this achievement, he began to focus intensively on abstract painting. In 2011 he had his first solo exhibition of abstract paintings at Worldart gallery in Cape Town. Since then he has exhibited paintings at several galleries in the Western Cape and Johannesburg.
His photographic book entitled, Plakkerskamp 2003-2012 documents a marginalized community in the Western Cape, over a nine year period. This book won a prize at the Lëtzebuerger Buchpräis 2013, a national book award ceremony, in Luxembourg.
In 2014 he was selected to exhibit work in a significant group show; “Twenty years of Democracy”, which showed at the Appalachian State University, North Carolina, USA.
In 2015 a similar group show was presented as; “Twenty: Art in the time of democracy”, which showed at the Pretoria Art museum and the University of Johannesburg.
In 2017 he was shortlisted for the “Riseart Art Prize 2018”, an online gallery based in the U.K.