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Artist Profile – Meet Self-Taught Graffiti Artist DBongz

 Artist Profile – Meet Self-Taught Graffiti Artist DBongz

He is a man in tune with nature as he believes nature in its rawest form is beautiful and can be very inspiring to say the least.

DBongz is a self-taught graffiti/street artist hailing from Mohlakeng in the west of Joburg.  

He started participating in graffiti and street art in 2008 when he first came to the city to attend university. He fell in love with the vibrance it provoked in mundane spaces. 

DBongzwho is managed by BAZ-ART, said on his profile: “I love colour and vibrancy and this is reflected in the type of art that I create as its usually a combo of these concepts. 

Colour, coupled with patterns and texture, positive vibrations and pretty much attractiveness to the eye.” 

He is a man in tune with nature as he believes nature in its rawest form is beautiful and can be very inspiring to say the least. 

He said: Over the years I’ve realized that, like in nature, light bringscolor which in turn brings about goodness and progress that gets people to be in a happy place and exude positivity.

“This behaviouris evident even in children, a kid who grows up in colorful environments,be it home, school and/or playground, tend to be more joyful and enthusiastic,as opposed to kids who are forever in dark, dull spaces. 

It is for this reasonthat my aim is to get South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world to pop andbe as vibrantandcolorful as humanly possible one canvas, one wall, one street corner, onebuilding, one township, one city, one country at a time and that’ll inevitablybe translated into transforming oneattitude, one character, one life at a time.

Highlights of career

Just last year in 2019DBongz became part of a musical cultural phenomenon by painting a mural for award-winning musician, Samthing Soweto’s debut album, Isphithiphithi, which was released to vast critical and commercial acclaim. 

The mural was inspired by the album artwork which features Samthing Soweto dressed in MaXhosa Africa and designed by Tony Mokhononoana – which showcases a culturally rich and colorful proudly South African artist. 

DBongz also won The Glass Recycling Company’s (TRGC) inaugural Art for Glass Graffiti Competition, bagging a cool R30 000 for his effort. 

TGRC hosted the competition to draw Jozi residents’ attention to the numerous glass banks in the city.  

The top three finalists had to paint various glass banks in Joburg, and their entries then went through a grueling judging process.  

Second place was awarded to Durban resident, the Damn Vandal and third place to admired artist, Mars. 

See more of DBongz’ work here. 

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Ray Maota