Who is Makgau Mphikeleli and what do you do?
I consider myself a digital visual artist, but I’m actually a graphic and web designer by profession. Curiosity is the most favourite trait I have. Keeps me going and seeking more and more. I have a fetish for photography , a huge crush on video editing and a massive passion for illustrations. All in all I’m an aristocrat of design.
Tell us about your work?
My work is basically based on what I see around me and what I feel about specific issues. It’s all expressions and perceptions I have whether it’s pop culture or the pride I have in being a Ndebele digital artist. The topics can range from how I deal with death or infidelity to the beautiful cultures and spaces around us. I like my work to have symmetry. Something about symmetry is just easy on the eye.
What inspires your work?
Nature, people, social commentary, watching what other creatives are doing and how they articulate their thoughts on certain topics or issues.
What are you currently working on?
An ongoing personal project which involves creating a platform for creatives who use different mediums of art. Like for instance a fashion designer who has no funds for creating a lookbook while there’s a cinematographer thats eager to work and collaborate but has no opportunities. I try get these people together for a collaborative effort. For one it’s a learning curve for both and two it’s a means for creatives to share work and experience one another’s craftsmanship. This platform is called ART_Nation SA. The website is under construction.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
My advice to the youngins’ would be to never stop learning and constantly try have a creative bog they follow so they can keep up with the trends around the world in the creative space. Although the most important is to never stop creating. Someimes inspiration comes to one when one is working on something.
What has been the highlight of your career thus far?
My highlight is actually this personal project I’ve been working on. It’s been 3 years but the project has gained some traction. I’ve managed to connect TV/Film students with art directors in agencies around Jozi and some collaborative efforts stemmed from that. It’s like watching your child grow. There’s always pride in seeing a cause bigger than you grow.
Where can our readers follow your work?
I have a few online profiles where my work can be followed