Born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Greatjoy Ndlovu currently works from August House studios in Johannesburg. He’s enjoying a steady rise to prominence in the art world in South Africa with exhibitions at national fairs and galleries.
Greatjoy’s current body of work focusses on portraiture and figurative themes. He explores a variety of materials and techniques to develop his unique, post-expressionist style that’s set to make him a sought-after African artist capable of achieving international fame.
Ndlovu expresses his inner emotional world rather than depicting an external reality. There is a range of essential human emotions here that cannot be expressed in abstract art – with his figures suggesting a mixture of wonder, mourning, hope and hues of happiness. His splashes of primal colour are placed in contrast to subtle, earthy shades and the uncomplicated body language of his subjects seem to express the inner tension of an entire continent, torn between a traditional lifestyle from the past and a fast-paced, high-tech now.
Ndlovu’s work starts from light-hearted, experimental sketches that develop into large-scale, detailed works or even an entire series, without losing the experimental element that is so characteristic of his work.