Pat Mautloa



Born in Ventersdorp in 1952, Kagiso Pat Mautloa studied art at Jubilee Art Centre in 1969 and at Johannesburg’s Mofolo Art Centre in 1970. He obtained a Fine Art Diploma from ELC Art Centre, Rorke’s Drift in Natal in 1979. Mautloa worked in the Graphic Design Studio of the SABC from 1981-1992, before becoming a full-time artist in 1992. With David Koloane, Bill Ainslie and other South African artists, he was involved in the formation of the Thupelo Workshops in 1985 which are part of the international Triangle Network. He taught at FUBA(Federated Union of Black Artists) from the early 1980s and was instrumental in the Thupelo Gallery there. He lives and works in Johannesburg, and is currently based at the Fordsburg Artist’s Studios, popularly known as The Bag Factory.



MAP brings you the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Room


Prepare to be intrigued, provoked and tantalized as Bombay Sapphire, for the very first time in South Africa, launches an initiative that supports imagination through curating local artists worldwide with the arrival of their pop-up gallery in the heart of Soweto.

The Bombay Imagination Room, curated by visionary arts group Mashumi Art Projects (MAP), will pop up from November 14th at one of the most iconic places in the township, the location of the old Panyaza chisa nyama at 1394 Vundla Drive in Rockville, for just three weeks. With the aim to reflect recognition of Soweto as an artistic and cultural hub, The Bombay Imagination Room will also to give Sowetans and visitors alike the opportunity to interact with art in an emotive setting.

Over this time, visitors will not only infuse themselves with internationally acclaimed works from some of the finest home grown artists, but will also enjoy a Bombay SapphireGin which uses only the finest botanicals created through its special Vapour Infusion process.

“Bombay Sapphire is proud to be associated with such a great concept which is infused with imagination in highlighting the finest South African art,” says Leigh Hofmeyr, marketing manager for Bombay Sapphire.

Each week, a different art medium, from print and performance to photography and painters, will be showcased at the gallery in a curated exhibition – with artists of the ilk of Soweto-based and Mpumalanga-born fine artist Kenny Nkosi, internationally award-winning photographer, Jodi Bieber, and pioneering painter, David Koloane, whose works are part of a number of collections worldwide, all part of the roster.

The genres confirmed for the Bombay Imagination Room are:

Print Makers
Dr David Koloane
Bambo Sibiya
Lehlogonolo Mashaba

Painters and collagist
Loyiso Mkize
Kenny Nkosi
Pat Mautloa

Jodi Bieber
Lungile Zaphi
Andrew Shabangu

Performance artist
Phumlani Ntuli

Happy Dhlame

Each genre will be launched on Thursday nights at the artists’ preview, where the following week’s exhibition will be showcased. Every Saturday, the Bombay Imagination Room will host intimate Bombay Brunches where food will be paired with exciting imaginative cocktails, and Sapphire Sundays will see DJ Kenzhero play host for that last drink before a Monday.

The Bombay Imagination Room will open daily from 10:00 unit 18:00 except Wednesdays.

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About Bombay Sapphire
The world’s fastest growing gin brand by volume and value. Based on a secret 1761 recipe, Bombay Sapphire gin is created by perfectly balancing a unique combination of 10 hand-selected exotic botanicals from around the world. The natural flavours of the botanicals are captured through a delicate distillation process called Vapour Infusion which results in the tantalising, smooth and complex taste that is Bombay Sapphire.

Bombay Sapphire aims to inspire people into expanding their minds, thinking differently to reveal more about themselves and their Imaginations. The team at Bombay Sapphire believes everyone has imagination and therefore aims to give everyone the opportunity to be inspired, and to infuse their imagination with Bombay Sapphire.
Enjoy Bombay Sapphire responsibly. BOMBAY SAPPHIRE IS A TRADEMARK.

Bombay Sapphire together with Mashumi Art Projects. Bring you a Pop up art gallery opening soon in Soweto

Artist Feature: Lerato Motau

We are pleased to bring you more of Lerato’s work as this is her second consecutive feature in a MAP Exhibition this year.

Here’s what she has to say about her which will featured in the upcoming exhibition The Heritage Exhibition,

While some of the works are monotone, using different shades of one colour, others are quite florescent. I love the brightness of these luminous tones, where I refer to them as “mashangane colours”. Associations of bright colours as well as embroidery are related to Shangaan people, which is inherent in my own ancestory.


Because the universe is not flat, my approach is to first paint onto the canvas. I prefer working from dark to light. After painting, then I begin embroidering and stitching shapes onto the canvas. This layering creates the desired aesthetic finish for me. I enjoy the relief and almost three dimensional effect of layering the canvas with fabric and stitching, which I would like to physically push even further to more protruding three dimensional forms.

Artist Feature: Kgalalelo Gaitate

Kgali is a selftaught fine artist of 22, who has an incredible eye for detail. She specializes in portraiture though a lot of her subject matter is African traditional dress.”My art is decorative and easy on the eye”, she says.

“From the very tender age of three, my parents and creche teachers noticed my God given gift and encouraged me to nurture it. I would learn from observing tv cartoons, colouring books, illustrated story books, magazines and actual people. As early as grade 5, I started drawing in pen, and found it to be more striking than pencil. Till this day it is my prefered medium, though I also really enjoy working with oil pastels.


For three years I honed my gift at the National School of the arts, where I was exposed to various media, ie: watercolor, gouache, oil paint, etching and marbling.

I used to market my work on saturdays at Melrose Arch and look forward to working with this team!”

We are happy to have you showing with us again Kgali!

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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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.
A participant in the Siemens SA calendar project of 2009.
Participant in a collaborative project ‘Cardboard Monument’, a public art initiative with artist, Lauren Alexander and Funda Community College. See  , 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.
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 , for more details
Residency with Izarte Gallery in the Netherlands, in October 2012.
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 for more details.
Collaborated with Artist Proof Studio artists and guest Artist/Poet Frieda Groffy ‘UBUNTU EXHIBITION’ opened 13 April until 27 April 2013.

Artist Feature: Sinalithemba Thembinkosi Ntuli

Sinali Ntuli was born and raised in Stanger which located in Groutville. My interest in art began when I was in Estcourt High School. Later I studied Fine Art at Durban Central College. In 1999 I then moved to Johannesburg to further my studies at Dobsonville College in Soweto. That same year I was introduced to Artist Proof Studio by some of my classmates and began to study printmaking part-time. In 2002, I completed three years of Visual Arts study at Funda College.

I started out as a painter, depicting women dressed in beads, in 2009 a client then suggested that I should try creating artworks using only beads sewn onto canvas. Since then this has been my primary medium.
I am generally concerned with our seemingly “dying” African customs. I express this concern through visuals of the beauty we posses, in-terms of our humanity as a nation. I use subject matter that is inspired by African oral traditional and cultural practices that we partake in.
This is what, i believe, resonates in my artwork.