Emerging from early practice in printmaking, Mokoena’s painting practice is
formally underscored by precise mark making and division of space, while exploring
ideas around micro and macro in scale of politics, emotions and environment.
Dealing with issues surrounding technology, family and communication and the
dynamic link and analogies between macro and micro environments, local and
global, cosmic and microbial, his works offer us a space for reflection, which are rare
and worth cherishing in the hyper-charged environment of contemporary South
Africa. Immediately resonant across cultures and social divides, Mokoena’s work
has received early recognition and support, both and internationally, with awards
and exhibitions in regions as disparate as Iran and USA, Zimbawe and Hong Kong,
as well as in South Africa.