Simphiwe Mlangeni

Simphiwe describes himself as the ‘new Soweto lost generation’, referring to his mixed background and Soweto roots.  Son to a father who was a sculptor and performed in a theatre, Simphiwe uses a diverse medium for his art, including painting and printmaking, as well as doing physical installations at art galleries and producing art-exhibit video clips.

 

‘Being an artist is a lifestyle’ he says referring to his interest in various modes of self expression.

 

He paints in monochrome and what distinguishes him is the use of black enamel paint instead of acrylic which can be tricky to work with, as it take a long time to dry.

 

Family features strongly in his work – to capture memories of his childhood being brought up by his grandmother, who exerted a powerful influence on his paintings.