Recumbent Dog (Looking Left)
Nico Masemola (South African, 1987 – 2015)
DimensionsWork : 7 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 10 3/4 in. (18.41 x 13.34 x 27.31 cm)
Credit LineGift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton in honor of Dr. Patricia Davidson
LabelBeing both black and gay, Nico Masemola struggled to find his place in South African society. At age thirteen, Masemola began apprenticing with potter Hylton Nel and gradually worked his way from making simple vessels to more complex sculptures that recall the folksy quirkiness of English Staffordshire wares. Unfortunately, his promising artistic career was cut short by his death at age 28 from HIV/AIDS-related complications.