South African artist Paul Emmanuel was born in 1969 in Kabwe. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in 1993. His first solo show in 2000 at the Open Window Gallery, Pretoria, was followed by three subsequent solo exhibitions in the Western Cape and Johannesburg in 2003 – 2005. In 2002, he was awarded first prize for « Air on the skin », in the Schumann-Sasol Wax Art Competition.
In September 2008, his touring museum exhibition entitled « Transitions » premiered at The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. In 2009 his short film « A rite of passage » won the jury prize in the Short Film Competition at the « 4thAfrica-In-Motion Film Festival » of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, UK. Emmanuel lives and works in Johannesburg.
« number 05000674PV » : is part of the « Transitions series » which is a meditation on the complex issue of how ‘manhood’ or ‘masculinity’ is constructed over the course of a lifetime in traditional, white, patriarchal South African culture.