Mia Chaplin


Mia Chaplin (b. 1990; South Africa) is a painter and sculptor who lives and works in Cape Town. Working in oil on canvas and paper, as well as in bronze and plaster sculpture, her highly expressive works are characterised by their rich impasto surfaces and visible brushwork. Her loose, style of painting is intuitive, heightening the emotion of her pieces. Chaplin’s works are her impressions of the female experience in relation to sexuality, sensuality, intimacy and violence.

Since completing her BFA at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town in 2011, Chaplin has presented various solo exhibitions including Swamp (2022), Mouth (2018), Under a Boiling River (2017), and Binding Forms (2016), with WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery in Cape Town as well as Twister (2021) and Underbelly (2019), with No Man’s Art Gallery in Amsterdam. She has also extended her painting practice into printmaking, hosting a mini exhibition of monotypes from the series, The Making of a Sharp Blade (2017), in collaboration with Warren Editions, Cape Town. Chaplin has completed artist residency programmes at Fountainhead Residency, Miami (2023), where she won the Fountainhead Residency Artist prize, as well as Cité Internationale Des Artes in the Marais district, Paris (2018), Nirox Arts Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa (2016) and at OBRAS Foundation in Alentejo, Portugal (2015).

In 2022, Chaplin presented a solo booth at Artissima in Turin, Italy with WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town, South Africa, and her works have been included in various group presentations at Art Joburg, The Investec Cape Town Art Fair, and Miart, Milan (2023). Mia Chaplin’s paintings and sculptures have been placed in numerous international private and public collections, including Spier Arts Trust (South Africa), Lam Museum (The Netherlands), and Francesca Lavazza Collection (Italy).


Selected Press:

The 10 Best Booths at Untitled Art, Miami Beach 2023 by Maxwell Rabb on Artsy

Painting Now: Mia Chaplin, Jeanne Hoffman and Maja Marx by Sean O’Toole (2023) on Artthrob

Artists We Love: Mia Chaplin, Interview by Lindi Brownell Meiring on Visi

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022 Swamp - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2021 Twister, No Man's Art Gallery, Amsterdam
2019 Underbelly, No Man's Art Gallery, Amsterdam
2018 Mouth - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2017 Under a Boiling River - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Johannesburg
2016 Binding Forms - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2014 Mia Chaplin: Ceremony, Salon 91, Cape Town
2011 Mia Chaplin: No Place, Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022 The Phoenix Runway - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2021 Heath / Energy, Kummelholmen, SW
RESTUDIO, Cunningham Contemporary, Johannesburg
2020 Matereality, Iziko National Gallery, Cape Town
Proxies, Gallery, Gallery, Johannesburg
2019 Measures of Poetry, GoGo Collective, Bogardenkapel Brugge, Belgium
Outside, RBK Contemporary
2018 Showroom, Galerie extérieure at Cité internationale des arts, Paris
A letter to my 22 year-old self, BKHZ, Johannesburg
2017 Nano, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town
The Making of a Sharp Blade, Warren Editions, Cape Town
You Leave Me with This?, No End Contemporary, Johannesburg
Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town
Lady Garden, Cavalli Wine Estate, Cape Town
2016 Cape Flower Show, The Castle, Cape Town
Nano, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town
Sewing Paradise: a Sisterhood through Suzani, Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town
FUGLY, Die Voorkamer, Cape Town
For What its Worth, No End Contemporary, Johannesburg
No Man’s Art Gallery, Tehran
South African Art Exhibition, Galerie Pat ries van Dorst, Netherlands
No Man’s Art Gallery, Shanghai
2015 Pink, Chandler House, Cape Town
New Voices 01 - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
Out of Context, UJ Art Gallery, Johannesburg
Paint it Black, Salon91, Cape Town
Surface: Emerging South African Painters, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town
Cape Town Art Fair, The Avenue, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
That Art Fair , The Palms, Cape Town
Wet Paint, Die Voorkamer, Cape Town
2014 Florabunda, Die Voorkamer, Cape Town
SA Art Now, No Man’s Art Gallery, Amsterdam
Art in Red Light #10, Art Fair, Amsterdam
Cape Town Art Fair, The Pavillion, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg
Cubicle, Infecting the City Public Arts Festival, Cape Town
2013 Cape Town Art Fair, The Look Out, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
In Good Company, Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town
Collections and Archives, Salon 91, Cape Town
One in a Million, Salon 91, Cape Town
I’d Rather Be Swimming, Salon 91, Cape Town
2012 Impression: Sunset, Salon 91, Cape Town
2010 First Edition, These Four Walls Gallery, Cape Town


2020 New Works

Art Fairs

Cape Town Art Fair 2024
Art Brussels 2024
Miart 2024
Untitled Miami 2023
Artissima 2023
FNB Art Joburg 2023
Miart 2023
Cape Town Art Fair 2023
Artissima 2022
Joburg Art Fair 2022
Cape Town Art Fair 2022