Grace Cross

Grace Cross (b. Harare, Zimbabwe 1988) is a painter who enacts symbols that represent questions about home, about assumed gender roles in the domestic sphere, and about security of space today for the foreign body.

She has recently completed her MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She holds a BAHons in English Literature from the University of Cape Town and a BFA from Michaelis School of Fine Art, where she was co-awarded the Judy Steiner Painting Prize.Cross is part of the international feminist artist collective the Femme Gems, the drawing collective Open Drawer Projects based in South Africa and the Chicago-based greenhouse art ecology project Uptool.

Cross presented a solo body of work at the FNB JHB Art Fair 2016 entitled 'Cave Canem' and has participated in many group shows both in South Africa and Chicago. Her works are included in the collections of the Spier Arts Trust and the University of Cape Town among others. She has been awarded grants from the National Arts Council of South Africa and from the University of Illinois at Chicago.