Artist Feature: Roli Mhlanga

 

An artist at heart and a painter a by profession. Painting is the labor of love I would like to believe. Texture, color, light and composition are my tools that are allow me to share my inner most feelings and understanding of the subject matter. A brush and the palette are merely instruments that move according to my will.
The tools I’m referring to, come to play when I observe, in detail the subject before me. Light, sets the tone, Texture sets the mood, Composition sets the atmosphere and the use of Color sets the aesthetic.
My work will then take a discourse determined by the theme or subjected to editions depending on a medium of my choice i.e. printmaking. I believe in versatility and being dynamic. My motto is “one never stops learning, and once you stop learning you stop growing.

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Resume:
2008
Serving on the board of directors at Funda Community College since 2008 to date.
Took part in a group exhibition at the annual Joburg Art Fair, in 2008, in a developmental space sponsored by Siemens.
2nd Runner-up in the Siemens television competition of 2008, the art piece is currently on permanent display at Siemens’ Stadium House offices, London UK.
2009
A participant in the Siemens SA calendar project of 2009.
2011
Participant in a collaborative project ‘Cardboard Monument’, a public art initiative with Foundland.org artist, Lauren Alexander and Funda Community College. See http://www.cardboardmonument.net  , for more details
Celebrating African Art – Expression without Borders at the Soweto hotel, which was my 2nd showcase in a group project as a professional.
“Black Like Us” competition participant was my third consecutive group exhibition.
2012
Artist in Residence with Room13 international (locally based in Soweto) since 2009-till present.
“Expression Without Borders” participant in my fourth collaborative exhibition in Zutphen, The Netherlands, in April 2012. See http://www.izarte.nl , for more details
Residency with Izarte Gallery in the Netherlands, in October 2012.
2013
Co-Director of Mashumi Art Projects (Pty) Ltd based at Nex Dor restaurant , in Orlando West, Soweto.
Shows curated:

Mashumi Art Projects group exhibition at Nex Dor restaurant, from the 25 March until 20 April 2013.

‘Kenny Nkosi’s Solo Exhibition’ 25 April- 31 May 2013.

‘Photography meets Fine Art Exhibition’ 20 June-20 July 2013.

‘Pink Art exhibition’ 15August-28 September
Mashumi Art Projects solo exhibition by Kenny Nkosi at Nex Dor restaurant, from the 25 April until 31 May 2013.
See http://www.mashumiartprojects.wordpress.com for more details.
Collaborated with Artist Proof Studio artists and guest Artist/Poet Frieda Groffy ‘UBUNTU EXHIBITION’ opened 13 April until 27 April 2013.
Contact gallery@artistproofstudio.co.za

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