“My artwork takes a critical view of social patterns and illnesses, political and cultural issues with expressions made in hip hop lyrical content and poetry.”
“My work focuses on esoteric, African heritage. I want the observer to ponder the spiritual and historical dimensions of my paintings. I pay tribute to my ancestors (“because we are the present people of a past generation”), but I also want to challenge people’s concept of Ivorian art.”
JOHANNES DU PLESSIS,
“I PAINT WHAT I FEEL AND WHAT I WANT!”
“To paint is a passion. By being honest towards my mind experiences and heart is how I attempt to find a new level in artistic realization. Painting is a process of getting to know myself better, a way of finding new inspiration and understanding of life in various forms. In the end, it is an introduction to self-enlightenment. I prefer to call my paintings emotional statements.”
Defying definitions of genre to re-imagine the nature of what a portrait can be, Mbongeni Fakudze introduces us to his bountiful fluid concept of fine art portraiture. He is celebrated for his luminous paintings which balance form with free, vigorous brushwork and vibrant colour.
“My art explores the concept of solidity versus fluidity versus gaseousness. I have always seen the world through the microscopic eye of an atomic physicist and simultaneously the cosmic eye of an astrophysicist”
“I’m trying to push the limit and the boundary that exist between painting and sculpture, I want to change the way people look at Painting, I sculpt the canvas and create my artistic language. I’m not trying to make a sculpture or a painting or mixed media technique, but find my own way to express myself and to connect with myself.”