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Boshoff studied at the Johannesburg Art School and the Rand Afrikaans University in 1974. Between 1980 and 1984 he completed his BA (Fine Arts) at the Witswatersrand Technikon, and in 2008 received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Johannesburg. He lives and works in Kensington, Johannesburg.

His work GAIA I consists of samples of earth collected from significant locations during a 10 000 kilometre journey throughout South Africa. These were then cast into three large, interrelated panels that reach six metres above the ground (if placed vertically, with the panels above each other). RMB relocated to a new building a few years after the original installation, and the work was reinstalled there, with the panels placed horizontally.

"GAIA is the primeval goddess of the earth. To this day she remains a key symbol for the conservation of soil and natural resources. In Greek mythology she gives birth to all, and supports all life, like a true mother."



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GAIA Index,
earth samples, 100 x 100cm, 1989
Wayne Cahill Barker   Gerhard Harald Batha   Walter Whall Battiss   Deborah Margaret Bell   Bongi Bengu   Willie Bester
Peter John Bonney   Willem Hendrik Adriaan Boshoff   Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi   Norman Catherine   Erika Hibbert   Phillemon Hlungwani
Robert Griffiths Hodgins   William Kentridge   John Kramer   Speelman Mahlangu   Colbert Mashile   Clare Menck
John Mark Moore   Zwelethu Mthethwa and Sam Nhlengethwa   Olbie Olberholzer   Walter Oltmann   Milwa Mnyaluza George Pemba   Uwe Pfaff
Karin Preller   Dan Rakgoathe   Albert Redelinghuys   Jürgen Schadeberg   Lucky Sibiya   Jaco Sieberhagen
Lionel Smit   Richard John Smith   Angus Taylor   Alfred Thoba   Andrew Verster   Edoardo Villa