Who is Wayne Barker? Wiki, Biography, Age, Spouse, Net Worth

Wayne Barker Wiki – Wayne Barker Biography

Wayne Barker is a well-known celebrity from South Africa. So let’s check out Wayne Barker’s personal and public life facts, Wikipedia, bio, spouse, net worth, and career details. Wayne Barker was born in the Pretoria, South Africa

in 1963.

BirthName, Nickname, and Profession

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Real Name Wayne Barker
Nickname Wayne
Profession Artist

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Age, Birthdate, Religion, and BirthPlace

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Age (2021) 58 Years
Birthplace Pretoria
Date Of Birth 27 July 1963
Sunsign Leo
Hometown Pretoria
Food Habits Not Available
Nationality South African

Wayne Barker was born on 27 July 1963 in Pretoria. Wayne age is 58 years as of in 2021 and his birthplace is Pretoria.
Currently, He is living in Pretoria, and working as Artist.
By nationality, He is South African, and currently, his food habit is mix vegetarian & non-vegetarian.
He also worships all the Gods and goddesses and also celebrates all the festivals.
His hobby is acting. He loves doing acting in movies and shows.

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Height, Weight, And Body Measurements

Wayne’s height is Not Available tall and he looks tall when standing with his friends. Though he is a little tall as compared to his friends still he manages to maintain his weight.
His weight is around Not Available and he always exercises to maintain that. He loves to do exercises regularly and also tells others to do that.
According to Wayne, you must have to do exercise regularly to stay fit. his body measurements are not available currently, but we will update them very soon.

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Wayne Barker Spouse, Wife, , Personal Life

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Wayne’s father’s name is Not Available. We have no more Information about Wayne Father; we will try to collect information and update soon.
Wayne’s mother’s name is Not Available. We have no more Information about Wayne Father; we will try to collect information and update soon.
Also, we have no idea about his brother and sister, and we don’t know their names either.
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his Girlfriend’s name is Not Available. They are in relation from previous few years of strong relationship. We have no information about Wayne’s Girlfriend.
But we are sure that Wayne is not available and his Wife’s name is not available. Now, his relationship is perfect. We have no more information about his Wife.
Also, we have no information about his son and daughter. We can’t say their name. If you know some information, please comment below.

Wayne Barker Net Worth

The Wayne Barker Estimated Net worth is $80K – USD $85k.

Monthly Income/Salary (approx.) $80K – $85k USD
Net Worth (approx.) $4 million- $6 million USD

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Fast Facts You Need To Know


· “Wayne Barker: Artist’s Monograph”, 2000, Brenda Atkinson (ed)


2016 The World that Changed the Image, Everard Read Contemporary Gallery, Johannesburg


2015 Normal Man, CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg


“We were absolutely part of a system where you were taught to hate black people,” says Barker today. “It was entrenched in virtually every conversation at home.” Yet he also recalls family gatherings as “quite real and warm, like there was a sort of gemutlich vibe. You had drunk uncles playing match boxes and singing Sarie Marais and all that stuff.”- Wayne Barker – Artist’s Monograph, 2000, Chalkham Press

“As I understand it, Pierneef was a propagandist for the white view of South Africa” – Wayne Barker 1990

2013 My Joburg, la maison rouge, Paris (F), 20 June – 22 September, Curators: Paula

Wayne Barker – Artist’s Monograph, 2000. Chalkham Press


2012 Love Land, CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg


Barker remains a prolific and active figure in the South African contemporary art sphere, exhibiting regularly with high-profile galleries as well as newer, up and coming ones. In addition to Super Boring (2010), a large scale retrospective of his work at the Standard Bank Galleries in Johannesburg and Polokwane as well as the SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, Barker has had two recent large scale exhibitions of new work at the CIRCA Gallery in Johannesburg. Normal Man (2015) was largely well received by the public and critically. His most recent exhibition, The World that Changed the Image (2016), shown at the Everard Read Contemporary Gallery in Johannesburg, consisted mainly of new works in the medium of screen-printing which Barker had resolved to learn on a recent trip to New York on which he had met a master screen printer. Upon his return to Johannesburg, he purchased all the equipment to establish a functioning screen-printing studio and learnt the medium. All the print works featured in the show were printed in Barker’s own studio largely on his own with the help of an assistant.

2010 Super Boring, SMAC Art Gallery, Stellenbosch

· ‘Super Boring’, 2010, SMAC & Standard Bank Gallery


2009 I Linguaggi del Mondo: Languages of the World, collateral exhibition to the Venice

2009 Great South African Nude Exhibition, Everard Read, Johannesburg

2009 History, UCT Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa


2008 Collection 10, SMAC Art Gallery, Stellenbosch


2007 Sasol wax art award Exhibition, Johannesburg Art Museum


2006 Urban Jungle, Afronova, Johannesburg


2005 Land and Desire, Gerard Sekoto Gallery, Alliance Francaise, Johannesburg


· ‘The ID of South African Artists’ (catalogue), 2004, Sharlene Khan (ed). Fortis Circus Theatre, Holland


2003 Lovers and Gurus, Contemporary Art Space, Caen, France


“Walking around Mozambique and going around hospitals and seeing no doctors and seeing coke machines in this war torn country was for me a massive installation of Apartheid so the first installation I made was called Coke Adds Life. If you can get a coke machine in a hospital, can’t you get a doctor?” Wayne Barker, 2002

2002 ITS ALL GOOD, Crosspath Culture, New York.


2001 Two Cousins, Fig Gallery, London

2001 No Logo, Prince Albert Museum, London, UK


1999 Fin de Ciècle, Nantes, France


At Michaelis, Barker would begin to question the art making paradigm at school level. Politically, South Africa was undergoing its most turbulent moment thus far, to which Cape Town, according to Barker seemed indifferent. For a sculpture project under the supervision of Michaelis’ Neville Dubow, in which students were required to sculpt an “extension of their bodies”, Barker absconded from the trend which would see his classmates creating physical extensions and instead opted for the performative. Barker chose instead, to dress up as his lecturer and have his classmates throw tennis balls at him, creating an extension of the man as a tennis court, which Dubow understandably found displeasing. After two years in Cape Town, he would return to Gauteng without his degree and be conscripted into the South African National Defence Force. After his short tenure at the SANDF, and having practiced for a period of time, Barker went on to pursue an honorary postgraduate degree in Fine art at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Marseilles, France in 1998, all the while creating and adding to a body of work that has maintained its social and political relevance in his home country and abroad.

1998 Kunst is Kinderspielen, Kunsthalle, Krems, Austria

1998 Kleine Plastiche Triennale, Stuttgart, Germany


1997 All Washed Up in Africa, Gallery Frank Hanel, Cape Town

1997 The World is Flat, installation, Alternating Currents, Trade Routes: History and Geography, 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, Johannesburg, South Africa curated by Okwui

· “Trade Routes: History and Geography”, 1997, Matthew DeBord (ed) Catalogue, 2nd Johannesburg Biennale

· “Contemporary South African Art: The Gencor Collection”, 1997, Kendal Geers (ed)


1996 Nothing Gets Lost in the Universe, Fig Gallery, Johannesburg

1996 Colours, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany – opened by President Nelson

· “Art in South Africa: the future present”, 1996, Sue Williamson and Ashraf Jamal (eds)

· “Colours”, 1996, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Catalogu,


Nothing Gets Lost in the Universe was Barker’s third solo show, shown at the F.I.G Gallery in 1995, and later the Gallery Frank Hanel in Frankfurt, Germany. Informed in part by the rise of the Truth and reconciliation commission that was slowly unearthing the dark truths hidden in Apartheid’s murky past, the exhibition consisted of latex gloves filled with objects found on the streets of Frankfurt as well as a larger installation of photographs. Barker had long since established his reputation as a flaneur, that is, one who walks the streets of the city collecting objects and experiences. In an adjoining room, a work called ‘Zelbst’ over 300 portrait photographs of black people in 1970s South Africa, was suspended from the ceiling. The exhibition spoke to the notion of the object on one level, with regards to the latex gloves and their contents – nothing gets lost in the universe, only found under a different set of circumstances, with a particular history and patina attached to it. On another level, the haunting portraits that made up Zelbst spoke to a different sort of sensitivity not wholly unconnected to that shown by the latex glove objects. These were critical of representation, a moment frozen in time, transformed through photography into objects, not dissimilar to the toy guns, pipes and coffee filters found on the streets of Frankfurt. In this way, Barker became the ultimate flanuer, a collector of lived experience, pursuing the idea that history does not forget, and that nothing gets lost in the universe.

1995 Nothing Gets Lost in the Universe, Gallery Frank Hanel, Frankfurt, Germany

1995 Africus, Black Looks White Myths, First Johannesburg Biennale, South Africa curator:

1995 Scurvy, New Town Gallery, Johannesburg

· “Africus: First Johannesburg Biennale”, 1995, Candice Breitz (ed), Catalogue


1994 Peace Through Blood, Fig Gallery, Johannesburg


In 1993, a year after the end of the Mozambican Civil War, Barker created a large scale installation piece at the Everard Read Gallery in Johannesburg entitled Coke Adds Life. Taking its title from a series of television commercials advertising Coca-Cola, the words became something darker than implied by the familiar, cheerful jingle. The installation was inspired by a trip to Mozambique, in which Barker visited a hospital that seemed deserted. Instead of inundated doctors, Barker found, instead, several Coca-Cola vending machines.

1993 Coke Adds Life, Everard Read Contemporary Gallery, Johannesburg

1993 Something New Always Comes Out of Africa, Newtown Gallery, Johannesburg


1992 Three Bodies of Love, Everard Read Contemporary Gallery, Johannesburg

1992 Volkskas Atelier, Pietersburg Art Museum, Pietersburg


Barker’s name has become synonymous with a rebelliousness and recklessness, mention of which can be found in the accounts of several of his contemporaries, friends and those who would become his audience. Often cited as having a “sex, drugs and rock n roll” approach to fine art, his persona had become a very prominent add-on to his artistic identity. He has been referred to consistently as the enfant terrible of the South African art sphere, possessing simultaneously a profound sensitivity to life and art, bordering on the poetic as well as a deep rooted commitment to the truth or pursuit thereof. It comes as no surprise that over the span of his career, he has offended, scandalized and landed in hot water more than once.The first major controversy and also the event that catapulted Barker into the public eye centred on the 1990 Standard Bank National Drawing Competition in which he had entered a highly unresolved and hurried work under the African name of Andrew Moletsi. As a result, the Moletsi work was shortlisted, where Barker’s was not, highlighting the biased, racially motivated judging systems that controlled the selection process.


Barker’s Famous International Gallery (FIG) was a turning point in the exhibition of South African contemporary art throughout its existence from 1989 to 1995. An artist-run space, the gallery was a space for younger artists at the time to exhibit their work. The gallery allowed artists to showcase work that most if not all commercial galleries at the time would not touch, creating a platform for political and social subversion in the South African art scene that would prove instrumental. Many of these artists eventually rose to prominence, including Kendell Geers, Minette Vari, Barend De Wet, and Stephen Cohen.

1989 Breaking Down the Wall: Pierneef Series, FIG Gallery, Johannesburg


1987 Images on Metal, Market Theatre, Johannesburg


In 1983, after having failed art history at Michaelis, Barker returned home to his father’s insistence that he join the South African military as three generations of Barker men before him had. To Barker, the SANDF represented everything about a South Africa in which he had no desire or aptitude to participate in. At the time, the tense political climate had seen a previously unknown escalation, and was straining under intense pressure both internationally and from within. The increased resistance to the apartheid regime had resulted in more and more military raids on private residences, and human rights violations. However, despite his unwillingness, Barker’s conscription papers eventually arrived and he would find himself back in Pretoria at the Voortrekkerhoogte military base. Those who refused the service were jailed, so if he was to leave he had to be discharged. Over the course of two weeks he choreographed and played a part that eventually led to his being declared unfit for service due to mental instability. Upon his arrival home, Barker was disowned by his parents, and having to make his own way moved to Johannesburg to be an artist wholeheartedly.


On his arrival home and the completion of his high school studies, Barker pursued his arts education at the Pretoria Technikon, starting a diploma in Fine Art in 1981 before going on to study towards a BA in fine art from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town.


Barker and his brother attended Glen High School in Pretoria, before his expulsion in 1976 after being arrested for buying marijuana. In his teens, Barker left home to learn woodcarving on the coast at Nature’s Valley in the Western Cape


Wayne Barker ((1963-07-27 ) 27 July 1963, Pretoria), South African visual artist. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa

Barker was born in Pretoria on 27 July 1963 to a white, working-class family at the height of Apartheid. Barker’s father was a South African Airforce pilot, later turned commercial pilot and as a result, Barker and his siblings grew up on the Valhalla military base in Pretoria. Valhalla is the oldest Airforce base in the country, functional since 1921. Growing up in the highly conservative atmosphere of Pretoria in the 70s could in some ways be seen as a catalyst and contributing factor to Barker’s particularly rebellious and aggressive attack on that exact conservatism. In Artist’s Monologue, Barker recounts his childhood:


In the early 90s, Barker started an investigation that would span over two decades. Taking the work of the Afrikaner nationalist landscape artist, J.H Pierneef (1886–1957), Barker began to disseminate what remains to this day a highly contested issue in South Africa – land, colonialism and ownership.