Nhlanhla Chonco

October 2018

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Chonco’s work investigates the identity and heritage of indigenous people before colonial history and how they’ve reshaped their identity in post-Apartheid South Africa. He also explores African ceremonies as a form of spiritual performance that allows people to connect with their spirituality. And shows how the modern age has led to a disconnection from this. 

Nhlanhla Chonco was born in Clermont Township Durban. He is a multi-media visual artist who specialises in acrylic and oil pastel as his medium of expression. He is the founder of Chonco Arts (Pty Ltd) – which is inspired by the concept of difference. And is also a member of Amasosha Art Movement – a vibrant collective of Durban artists who promote solidarity and the sharing of ideas amongst artists.

Education & Training

– 1987 Community Arts Workshop,45th Bram Fischen Road, Durban

– Durban Art Gallery printing classes

– Nina Lawrence Art Classes, Westville

– Battel Arts Trust Art Certificate

– DUT Fine art four-year extended programme


Related Work Experience

2018 Member of Amasosha Art Movement

– 2012 Facilitator at Wushwini Art and Culture Heritage(Art in School programme)

– 2010 Mason Lincoln special school


Past to present exhibitions

Members Exhibition at KZNSA Gallery

– Group Exhibition at Artisan Gallery

– Durban Jazz Expression

– King Shaka Airport exhibition

– London Art Fair

– Essence Festival

– Thami Mnyele Art award nominee

– Cargo Hold Food and Wine and Art exhibition

– Lekgotla Group Exhibition

– 100 years of self-struggle exhibition

– Amasosha Visions Group exhibitions at Ikomkhulu Art Space

– Pneumera Art Society Group Exhibition

– Amasosha Art Movement Group Exhibition

– Isambulo Group Exhibition at Henry George Gallery, Johannesburg



-Thami Mnyele Art Awards nominee

We’re proud to work with these sensational artists.

Andile Maphumulo

Major Ndlovu

Mondli Mbhele

Morgen Mohape

Mthobisi Maphumulo

Nhlakanipho Mkhize

Nhlanhla Chonco

Thalente Khomo

Claire Waters

Sandra Legg

Bob Wagener

Claire Waters

Sandra Legg

Solomon Omogboye

Margo Schopf

Glen Cook

Michelle Legg

Dale Lambert

Lalage Hunter

Andrew Ntshabele

Andy Ellis

Henry George Gallery

Cedric Vanderlinden

Danielle Malherbe

Danielle Malherbe

Hari Lualhati

Henry George Gallery

Haydee Breganski

Hermann Niebuhr

Ignacio Merida

Jamy van Zyl

Jane Digby

Jenny Reyneke

Jenny Reyneke

Karen Tearnan




Mandlenkosi Mavengere


Mlamuli Mkhwanazi

Sharleen Boaden

 Sharleen Boaden

Solomon Omogboye

Solomon Omogboye

Sthenjwa Luthuli

Sthenjwa Luthuli

Wonder Buhle Mbambo