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Born 1957, Cape Town, South Africa

Tyrone Appollis started his art career as a painter and began sculpting in wood seriously from 1990. Currently he views himself as being a sculptor, painter, print-maker, poet and street musician. He considers political and social reconciliation to be a function of art – art as cross-cultural dialogue.


1982-1987, CAP (part-time classes under Cecil Skotnes.)

Tyrone works in Mitchells Plain, Western Cape. He was active in the formation of the Mitchells Plain Art Group in 1988. Appollis traveled to England in 1989 on a British Council visitation for two weeks.


Appollis has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in multi-media. These exhibitions have taken place all over South Africa as well as outside of its borders.

Solo exhibition at Sanlam gallery

Impressions, group exhibition at The Cape Gallery

Cities in motion, group exhibition at The Cape Gallery

Talking about Cape Town, group exhibition at The Cape Gallery

Social Synergy, group exhibition at The Cape Gallery

Built a monument for the “Trojan Horse” commemorating the death of children killed in apartheid era.

Spent a year teaching and motivating disadvantaged children through music and
Book jacket cover for James Matthews “The Party is Over”

Athens Group show.
J & B Met poster (biggest horse race in South Africa)
Group show celebrating Steve Biko in District Six

Solo exhibition South African Association of Arts, Cape Town
Commissioned by the City to do “Freedom of the City” painting of Bishop Tutu.

Commissioned to do South African Gourmet Festival Poster

Large mural for the University of the Western Cape

Solo Exhibition, Karen McKerron Gallery, Johannesburg
Salon Biennial, Grand Palais, Paris, France

Solo Exhibition, Chelsea Gallery, Wynberg, Cape

South African Triennial

Solo exhibition, South African Association of Arts, Worcester, Cape.
The Conservatoire of Music, Windhoek. (Namibian Independence Exhibition)

Solo exhibition, Rocklands Library, Mitchells Plain, Cape.

Solo exhibition, British Council Offices, Johannesburg
Rahmen Galerie, Langei, Germany. (Peter Clarke and Ishmael Thyssen)

Solo exhibition, South African Association of Arts, Cape Town
Luxurama Theatre, Wynberg, Cape (Artists Against Apartheid)
University of the Western Cape, mural.

Group show of selected artists from “Postcards in South Africa” in New York Gallery.
Artwork on CD cover of musician Errol Byers


South African National Gallery; University of the Western Cape; Department of National Education, Cape; University of Kansas, USA; Sasol Oil Company, South Africa; South African Fine Worsteds, Cape Town; Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town; Michaelis School of Art (University of Cape Town); National Gallery of Namibia; Durban Art Museum, South Africa; Florida Museum, USA.

Works Appearing on Book Jackets

“Contrast” Magazine – 1985/1986
“Emergency” by Richard Rive
“Ten Years of Staffrider”, 1988
“A Walk in the Night” and “Stone Country”, by Alex la Guma;
“The Struggle for District Six” – Hands Off District Six Committee
“William Zungu” by Ari Sitas


Tribute, October, 1991
Ogilvie Graine – Dictionary of South African Painters and Sculptors
ADA No.6, 1989 – Arts Magazine. (This article is reprinted in Friends of SA National Gallery Newsletters, 1988.)

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