Samson Mnisi also whose last name translates to “Rainmaker” was born in Lesotho, in 1971 He is a Soweto based artist, who studied fine art and photography at FUBA Academy. He has had numerous groups and solo exhibitions, locally and internationally.
He has collaborated with many artists around the world across various disciplines of art, and his works are in local and international collections.
My art does not want to criticize, it speaks of love, it wants to elevate the spirit, that is my quest.
He uses patterns, lines, symbols and color to find to create his very unique expression expression. He sees himself as part of the timeless tradition of celebrating the human godliness from the first rock painting, to the present time and beyond. He is interested in using art as an element of alchemy. Where through it you can evoke or even heal emotions.
“In my work I am finding a new interpretation for an old language.
Because of our colonial history, we have struggled to interpret ourselves even in post-colonial times. Can the mind be decolonised ? It is in pre-colonial times that we can really find the true reflection of ourselves. But those moments are far gone, and in most cases look like mambo jumbo because of the nature of the colonial education. The purpose of art making in that historical context, reflected the religion, culture and philosophy of that time. I therefore believe that by honestly looking at our history in totality pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial times, we can truly understand where we are, and how we should relate to the world and the future.”
Exhibitions at ODA
‘The Venus Ritual‘
solo exhibition, Feb 2018
group exhibition, Nov 2017