Neo Matloga was born in 1993 in Mamaila, Limpopo, South Africa, and is currently based between Mamaila and Amsterdam. He studied Visual Art at the University of Johannesburg, and completed a residency at De Ateliers with a focus on painting. Matloga won the 2021 ABN AMRO Art award and the 2018 Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst.
Solo exhibitions include along came your eyes, Hermitage Amsterdam (2022); my hero is always next to me, Stroom Den Haag, the Hague (2021); We just want to be closer, Marta Herford Museum for Art, Germany (2021); Neo Matloga, S.M.A.K, Ghent (2021); Neo to Love, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden (2019) and Good Morning Midnight, De Ateliers, Amsterdam (2018). Back of the Moon, his first solo exhibition with the gallery, premiered online and took place at Stevenson Johannesburg (2020); his second, Déjà Vu, took place in Cape Town (2022).
Group exhibitions include Brave New World: 16 painters for the 21st Century, Museum Fundatie, Zwolle (2023); When We See Us, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art, Cape Town (2022); We just want to be closer, Marta Herford Museum for Art and Galerie der Stadt Backnang, Germany (2021); HI-STORYTELLING, Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg (2021); ofte vojagantoj, Wilford X, Belgium (2019); Still Here Tomorrow To High Five You Yesterday, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town (2019); De Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam (2019); BIG AND PLENTY, Foundation AVL Mundo, Rotterdam (2019); Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst, Koninklijk Paleis, Amsterdam (2018); Tell Freedom, 15 South African artists, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort (2018); LET'S SEE, WHERE WERE WE, IN THE PIT OF DESPAIR, De Ateliers, Amsterdam (2017); Post Its, South African Constitutional Court, Johannesburg (2016); Time Line, The Bag Factory, Johannesburg (2015); South African and Chinese exchange, Workers Museum, Johannesburg (2015) and South African New Voices, Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington DC.
He has taken up residencies at Foundation AVL Mundo, Rotterdam (2019); Thami Mnyele Foundation, Amsterdam (2018); Zeitz MOCAA, Segera, Laikipia, Kenya (2018) and The Bag Factory, Johannesburg (2015).
Matloga was nominated for De Volkskrant Beeldende Kunstprijs in 2019, and was among the artists shortlisted for the 2015 Taxi Art Award.