Cameron Platter

South African, 1978


Interdisciplinary artist Cameron Platter’s vivid mixed-media works explore notions of excess and consumption through the lens of a South African identity.

Across drawingsculpturepainting, and video, the artist’s extensive and diverse oeuvre is characterized by vibrant colours which evoke a playful feeling. His work can be described as provocative yet universally relatable, touching on themes such as sex, beauty, politics, and violence.

The artist often incorporates found objects in his work—including advertisements, posters, or empty energy drink containers—to convey notions about popular culture in South Africa and the rest of the world. Platter furthermore has an extensive number of paintings and other works that were created in collaboration with other artists, featuring materials such as ceramics and solid waste.

Cameron Platter’s work was featured in a monumental exhibition at the 55th Venice Biennale called “Imaginary Fact: Contemporary South African Art and the Archive.” His work also appears in the permanent collection of MoMA, New York; The FRAC des Pays de la Loire, France; Zietz MOCAA Collection; The Margulies Collection; and the Iziko South African National Gallery.

The artist currently lives and works in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.