Nyakallo Maleke (B.1993, Johannesburg) is an artist and writer based in Johannesburg. Her practice is grounded on an expanded concept of drawing, which she sees as a form of research to tell stories about space, movement and walking. Maleke's drawings take shape across media, techniques and disciplines, and can manifest as installations, performances, sound pieces, prints or sculptures. Her recent works are invested in materiality, often combining traditional drawing media with meticulous embroidery-like stitching and unconventional materials such as wax paper.
Maleke completed a Master of Art in Public Sphere (with distinction) at the École de design et haute école d’art du Valais (édhéa), Switzerland (2019), where her research focused on drawing practices in public space. She is an alumnus of the Asiko International Art School, Addis Ababa edition (2016) and graduated with BA Fine Art from Wits University in 2015. She has participated in group exhibitions at venues including NGO – Nothing Gets Organised, Johannesburg; Stevenson, Cape Town; Modzi Art Gallery, Lusaka, and the 13th Dak'art Biennale, Dakar, Senegal, in which she participated in the exhibition Canine Wisdom for the Barking Dog-The Dog Done Gone Deaf, curated by Kamila Metwaly and Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung. Her first solo exhibition, titled Leaning Towards an Edge that Does Not Leak was held at the John Muafangego Art Centre in Windhoek, Namibia, in 2016. Maleke is also recognised as a fiction writer, and was recently shortlisted for the inaugural Toyin Falola Prize for her short story titled Eskia.