Tyrone Appollis (1957 – )

Tyrone Appollis

(1957 – )

Tyrone Appollis was born in 1957 in Cape Town. He started his art career as a painter but soon seriously began sculpting in wood from 1990. Appollis currently sees himself as a sculptor, painter, print-maker, poet as well as a street musician. In 1982-1987 he studied at CAP doing part-time classes under Cecil Skotnes. He works in Mitchells Plain and was active in the formation of the Mitchells Plain Art Group in 1988. A year later in 1989 Appollis travelled to England on a British Council visitation for two weeks.

Appollis has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions. They have taken place all over South Africa as well as internationally.


1982 Solo exhibition, Rocklands Library, Mitchells Plain

1988 Solo exhibition, South African Association of Arts, Cape Town; Luxurama Theatre, Wynberg (Artists Against Apartheid); University of the Western Cape, mural.

1989 Solo exhibition, British Council Offices, Johannesburg; Rahmen Galerie, Langei, Germany. (Peter Clarke and Ishmael Thyssen)
1990 Solo exhibition, South African Association of Arts, Worcester; The Conservatoire of Music, Windhoek. (Namibian Independence Exhibition)
1991 South African Triennial
1992 Solo Exhibition, Chelsea Gallery, Wynberg, Cape
1993 Solo Exhibition, Karen McKerron Gallery, Johannesburg; Salon Biennial, Grand Palais, Paris, France
1994 Large mural for the University of the Western Cape
1996 Commissioned to do South African Gourmet Festival Poster
1997 Solo exhibition South African Association of Arts, Cape Town; Commissioned by the City to do “Freedom of the City” painting of Bishop Tutu.
1998 Athens Group show; J & B Met poster (biggest horse race in South Africa); Group show celebrating Steve Biko in District Six
1999 Spent year teaching and motivating disadvantaged children music and painting; Book jacket cover for James Matthews “The Party is Over”
2000 Built a monument for the “Trojan Horse” commemorating the death of children killed in apartheid era; Group show of selected artists from “Postcards in South Africa” in New York Gallery; Artwork on CD cover of musician Errol Byers



South African National Gallery; University of the Western Cape; Department of National Education, Cape; University of Kansas, USA; Sasol Oil Company, South Africa; South African Fine Worsteds, Cape Town; Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town; Michaelis School of Art (University of Cape Town); National Gallery of Namibia; Durban Art Museum, South Africa; Florida Museum, USA.