Hailing from northern Namibia, Ismael Shivute studied Sculpture and Product Development in the Department of Visual Arts at the College of the Arts. Shivute has participated in many group exhibitions locally and internationally, and had a solo exhibition at the National Art Gallery of Namibia in 2016. Shivute’s mixed media artworks are inspired by his environment, often working with found or recycled materials drawn from the area in which he lives. Shivute says, “As an artist I am only inspired by my environment, recycled or used materials and the feel of things made by hand… I feel that my art reflects a unique Namibian identity, as well as my own identity as a young artist struggling to survive in the world.”
Shivute exhibited as part of StArt Art Gallery's exhibition 'Being Here' in 2017. Shivute also formed part of the duo who exhibited in ‘Side by Side’, an exhibition curated by StArt Art Gallery, hosted at the Goethe-Institut, Windhoek in 2018.