Nicola Roos

Figurative Artist Based in Cape Town

Sculpting in collaboration with Matthew Miller since 2015

I am a graduate of the Michaelis School of Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town that focuses on life-size figurative sculptures inspired by history.

Nicola Roos works primarily with recycled inner tyre tubing to bring figures to life that explore our collective perceptions of socio-cultural belonging in the postcolonial age.


A selection of sculptures from 2021-2023.

Long In Exile, 2022

Obsidian Samurai XXVIII, 2022

Obsidian Samurai XXVII, 2021

Thus Always To Tyrants, 2022

Obsidian Samurai XXIX, 2022 

Unrestrained, 2023

Obsidian Samurai XXX, 2023

Infraction Point, 2022

Recent highlights

ComicCon Cape Town
Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa

April 2024

In collaboration with Loyiso Mkize and Mandlakayise Walter Dube for the launch of the graphic novel, 'Yasuke: Way of the Butterfly (Volume 1)'.
Read more about this project.

AGOA (Africa Growth and Opportunity Act) Expo

NASREC Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

November 2023
Image courtesy of Mandlakayise Walter Dube

SculptX 2023

The Melrose Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

August-October 2023
Image courtesy of Caitlind Lendrum

Open Studios Riebeek Valley

Die Kunshuis / 'The Art House' (via RK Contemporary), Riebeek-Kasteel, South Africa

August 2023

A Taste of Salt, Simchowitz Gallery, Los Angeles

May-June 2023
Read more about my solo exhibition here.


Private Collections (in alphabetical order)

  • Ard Voorman (Netherlands)
  • Arnold Lehman (USA)
  • Brendan Murphy (USA)
  • Bernard Chandran (Malaysia)
  • Brian Underwood (USA)
  • Carlos Posadas Garcia (Mexico)
  • David Altman (South Africa)
  • Grizelda Hall (South Africa)
  • Justin Divaris (South Africa)
  • Marc Picard (Germany)
  • Nuno Lima (Mozambique)
  • Oscar Pintado-Barragan (Mexico)
  • Stefan Simchowitz (USA)
  • Zoot Nel (Estonia)

Public Collections

  • Rollins Museum of Art (USA)
  • University of South Africa (South Africa)

Corporate Collections

  • ICM Partners (USA)
  • Sovereign Trust Group (South Africa)


  • KT Wong Foundation (South Africa)