Gina van der Ploeg
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Themba (Melody), 2020
Archival inkjet image on Hahnemuhle German etching paper
29.7 x 42cm
Thando Makhosini Ngwenya was born in KwaFelekisi, Amanzimtoti in KwaZulu-Natal in 1992, where he was raised by his grandmother. Ngwenya credits her with teaching him the most significant lessons of his life. At the age of 14, Ngwenya moved to Soweto, Johannesburg in Gauteng, where he first lived with his mentor, and later his sister, and started his self-guided art practice. Ngwenya specialises in watercolours with pen and ink, and has lately started experimenting with acrylic. He draws inspiration from the rich web of diversity that surrounds him in South Africa, and in Soweto in particular.