penny siopis born in 1953 in vryburg, south africa, and lives in cape town. she studied fine arts at rhodes university in grahamstown, completing her master’s degree in 1976, after which she pursued postgraduate studies at portsmouth polytechnic in the united kingdom. she taught fine arts at the technikon, natal in durban from 1980 to 1983. in 1984 she took up a lectureship at the university of the witwatersrand in johannesburg. she is currently honorary professor at michaelis school of fine art, university of cape town. siopis has exhibited widely, both in south africa and internationally. her retrospective exhibition time and again is on view at the iziko south african national gallery, cape town (2014- 2015), and will travel to the wits art museum, johannesburg, in 2015. other solo shows include penny siopis: obscure white messenger, brandts museum, odense, denmark (2014), red: the iconography of colour in the work of penny siopis at the kznsa gallery, durban (2009), and three essays on shame at the freud museum, london (2005). siopis is the recipient of many awards, including a british council scholarship, the atelier award for a residency at the cité internationale des arts in paris, the alexander s. onassis fellowship for research in greece, and residencies at delfina and the gasworks in london, civitelli ranieri in umbria, the tropen museum in amsterdam and the academy of fine arts in athens and delphi.