THANDAZANI NDLOVU "SMILE"
Medium : Chalk pastel on canvas
Size : 1000mm (width) x 1300mm (height) (unframed)
Price : POA
The self-taught figurative and impressionist artist’s career almost didn’t get off the ground.
Spirited by a passion for the arts that began while in elementary school where he would draw caricatures of his teachers and classmates. He went from this joyous experience to working in a shoe factory where he worked for almost 5 years before deciding to follow his dreams. He received his first big break after creating a series that featured the dying cultures of Africa. The works were revered by many, mostly due to the light it shined on African culture and traditions. It acted as a reminder to the elite and those that worked in places like the factory where he worked, that we all are bonded by the same African roots.
The full-time artist also finds time to give back to his community through his support of local orphanages and fundraising initiatives. He wishes to create awareness of social issues and making a difference for disadvantaged children all over the world. Today, his works are in gallery collections and art networks throughout the world.
Thandazani was born in the city of Bulawayo located in Zimbabwe.
Known to many as the gateway to Matobo National Park, but within the township of Nkulumane it was known for other reasons. Branded as the “City of Kings” due to the number of Kingdoms in the region — including a close proximity to the Zulu Kingdom where King Shaka Zulu’s prowess reigned supreme. Today the city stands tall with monuments that reflect its royal past and ruins that date back as early as the 15th century.
Most of his paintings focus on facial expressions,
emotions and figurative expressions. He works with a variety of media such as acrylic, charcoal, oils, water color, sand, coffee and pastels.