We wish Buhle Wonder Mbambo all the best for his upcoming three month residency in Germany and look forward to featuring his new works at the gallery.
“My work can be seen as a window to look at the past and future, within the South African landscape. I’m interested in the narrative which unpacks taboos – those vestiges of social cohesion in our communities that were moulded politically and socially, in the past. These are often overlooked, yet continue to shape our contemporary society today.
The work gives a depth on the apocryphal of life. And investigates misconceptions orchestrated in the past, for political gains. It also reflects how people have been managing to live through this, in hope for a better tomorrow. I’m interested in finding beauty in the struggle, through my work.
Buhle Wonder Mbambo born in 1989, is a Durban-based visual artist from Kwa-Ngcolosi. With art as a hobby at the age of nine, Mbambo says that he was encouraged by his mother to further explore art as a career. He received his first formal training through the BAT Centre Artists in Residency (AIR) Programme, then studied fine art through the Velobala apprenticeship programme at Durban University of Technology, under the mentorship of Themba Shibase.
Mbambo has participated in various art workshops and exhibited in galleries nationally and in Bremen, Germany in 2012.He works with charcoal, soft pastel and acrylic paint on fabriano and canvas to articulate his ideas.
At present he works at the Bat Centre in KZN, as a residency artist. The Henry George holds some of his most exciting latest works. As an artist to watch, we’ll keep an eye on this rising star.