Lerato Motau is a textile and fiber artist specialising in embroidery and stitching. She lives on Vilakazi Street in Soweto, the historical significance of which has inspired her and features in some of her work. Vilakazi Street is the only street in the world where two Nobel Prize winners have resided. It also has two primary schools, two high schools and two churches. Motau has had one solo exhibition in 2010 and will have her second solo in October of 2012. Her work has featured in a number of group exhibitions.

 

Internationally, she was represented in exhibitions that showed in Beijing, China and Finland. Despite a learning barrier of dyslexia, Motau has obtained a Fine Arts & Teaching Diploma from the Johannesburg Art Foundation in 1998.

 

In 2004 she received an - NQ4 Certificate in Craft Enterprise from the Craft Council. In 2005, she qualified with an NQF4 Certificate in Basic Embroidery and also attended a handmade feltmaking workshop in the same year. Motau was the resident artist at the Greatmore Studios in Cape Town from September to November 2007.

 

Her work is features in a number of corporate collections including; Nando’s UK, Absa, Pikit-Up, SA Breweries and Equity Africa in Jhb as well as DBSA Deotswana in Botswana.

 

Public Commissions include a BRT Station in Maraisburg, Johannesburg completed in 2011 and a public artwork situated on the corner of Vilakzi and Makgete Streets in Orlando West, completed in 2010 for the Vilakazi Street Development Project. Motau is actively involved in two collectives. They are: Tourism Entrepreneur Partnership, Hidden Treasures based in Johannesburg and the Soweto, which are a collective of seven Soweto based companies.