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Meet Visual Artist Neo Mahlangu

Mahlangu was approached by South Africa Mint, the company that mints all Rand coins, in 2019 to design brand new coins. Johannesburg-based Neo Mahlangu looks at the disconnect between social media and real life.  A relevant topic today, Mahlangu’s work questions the ways in which we find meaning and value, asking the audience to ask the same question of […]Read More

Meet Self-Taught Photographer Basetsana Maluleka

Maluleka left her finance studies to pursue her love for photography. Basetsana Maluleka is a self-taught photographer from Mamelodi in Pretoria.   She started her creative journey when she was still at the University of Johannesburg studying something totally different from what she is doing now.  Maluleka said on her Behance: “My creative journey began when I was […]Read More

Meet Visual Artist Lungiswa Gqunta

Her work investigates colonial landscapes and the spatial legacies that result from them.    Lungiswa Gqunta is a visual artist working in performance, printmaking, sculpture, and installation. Her work investigates colonial landscapes and the spatial legacies that result from them.   She uses found materials including empty beer bottles, petrol, torn bedsheets, and worn wooden bed frames to […]Read More

Meet Fine Artist IO Makandal

Makandal meanders through materials and themes, working automatically, intuiting objects in space, off-setting and pairing them with unexpected counterparts. Io Makandal born in 1987 in Johannesburg, completed her BA in Fine Art at Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT in Cape Town (2010) and is currently undertaking her MA Fine Art at Wits School of Art, Witwatersrand University, […]Read More

Three Timeless Advertising Tactics to Guide a New Digital World

Wayne Flemming, Founder and Managing Director of BRANDTRUTH// DGTL unpacks three, timeless advertising tactics that will help any brand quickly and effectively adapt their marketing strategy to access digital themes and leverage of the changing consumer base. As brands continue to grapple with the disruptive impacts of COVID-19, strategies are being redeveloped at a rapid […]Read More

Controversy and Fine Art – Meet Ayanda Mabulu

Although controversy seems to follow him, you cannot deny the talent that is Ayanda Mabulu. Ayanda Mabulu is a self-taught artist whose work focuses on social upheavals and matters affecting the politics of the black body.   He currently lives and works in Johannesburg.  Mabulu is best known for using hyper-realistic imagery in his paintings and […]Read More

Photographer in Focus – Meet John Baloyi

John Baloyi documents the unique experiences of black people while portraying them as works of art. John Baloyi traverses between digital and analogue with so much ease, it is near indiscernible what category his images fall under as they do not show the stereotypical grain associated with film imagery.  Baloyi, who is known for his portraiture and […]Read More

Artist Profile – Meet visual artist Skhumbuzo Vabaza AKA Skubalisto

Skubalisto believes graffiti is the most noble of artforms.  Skhumbuzo Vabaza better known as Skubalisto grew up an only child and he had to be creative about having fun hence his overactive imagination.  This led him to start drawing and he knew then there was no going back.  Skubalisto said: “In primary school, we would have drawing battles and draw animated […]Read More

Artist Profile – Meet Adolf Tega, Painter and Sculptor

Tega’s work can be found in several institutional and private collections, including Spier, Nando’s and the University of Cape Town.    Adolf Tega finds inspiration in the mundane – the often-overlooked aspects of life.   Of interest to him are the faceless and often disregarded masses that populate our environment. He is fascinated with the density and […]Read More