Awards & Winners

Marlene Dumas

Date of Birth 03-August-1953
Place of Birth Cape Town
(Western Cape, South Africa, City of Cape Town)
Nationality Netherlands, South Africa
Profession Painter, Artist, Actor
Marlene Dumas is a South African born artist and painter who lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In the past Dumas produced paintings, collages, drawings, prints and installations. She now works mainly with oil on canvas and ink on paper. Stressing both the physical reality of the human body and its psychological value, Dumas tends to paint her subjects at the extreme fringes of life’s cycle, from birth to death, with a continual emphasis on classical modes of representation in Western art, such as the nude or the funerary portrait. By working within and also transgressing these traditional historical antecedents, Dumas uses the human figure as a means to critique contemporary ideas of racial, sexual, and social identity.

Awards by Marlene Dumas

Check all the awards nominated and won by Marlene Dumas.


Rolf Schock Prize in Visual Arts
(For her unique ability to depict human vulnerability and greatness, in painted works that do not shrink from showing adversity. With empathy and critical discernment, she brings issues of race, ethnocentrism, gender and sexuality to the fore.)