Mixed Media on Canvas
My artworks bring into conversation and discussion, the issues of migration in our contemporary society. I travelled from Zimbabwe to South Africa crossing borders, had my identity checked at immigrations, and I arrived to fit-in, in a multi-racial country. My banknote artworks( significantly etchings) are a framework within which one can observe the issues of migration with relevance to socio-economic divergence and convergence. The buses in my work are a catalyst to migration taking people to greener pastures hoped for by many. More-so, wildebeest is an animalistic character of a migrant . My portrait and landscape artworks are expressing the notion of a new homeland versus the home of origin and various identities. Mandlenkosi Mavengere b. (1992) in Zimbabwe in Bulawayo (known as city of kings). Mavengere works predominantly in printing and painting. He moved to South Africa after completing his O’level (matric) in Zimbabwe. Thereafter it was in South Africa where he took up art as a career and got enrolled at Artist Proof Studio printmaking course where he completed his 3rd year. Along the printmaking course, his paintings began to be evident as he participated in a number of shows. Between 2013 - 2015 his work has been exhibited at Black Like Us Exhibition (Parkhurst) and Art Investment in Parkhurst. Mavengere exhibited at the Love-world Festival of Music and Arts held at the Nasrec Arena. His work also features in the 2015 IT-Web Calendar Brainstorm representing IBM. He has been in group exhibitions like Julie Miller Art Investments , Henry George Gallery, Turbine Art Fair, Absa Gallery, and Artist Proof Studio where he had his internship at the gallery. As an intern at Artist Proof Studio He curated an exhibition hosted by Strauss and Co. He was, thereafter recommended for a one year internship at William Kentridge Studio for the year 2017. His mentorship by William Kentridge has precisely developed his creativity skills from etchings, into sculpturing and linocut banknotes exploring themes consistent with his Migration Concept.
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