• Ntobeko Mjijwa

    Ntobeko Mjijwa
    • Artist Statement
      • This body of work is based on a concept titled “Covered” which I started working on in 2010. Back then the concept’s focus was on death and how insurance companies use death to sell their business. “We cover you from death” is one of the lines I came across from one of the pamphlets that insurance companies use. However, now I am using the same concept to look at arrogance and ignorance on how as South Africans we deal with issues such as politics, race, the lust for power and greed. The way this body of work looks at these two words (arrogance and ignorance) is by pointing out the lack of empathy in our leaders towards the poor, the lack of accountability in using the taxpayers’ money to efficiently and effectively govern the country. Last but not least on how private companies benefit from the country while employees work hard in harsh conditions for less while not getting the recognition as the driving force behind the country’s economy.
    • Biography
      • N.Dip Fine Arts (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)

        Ntobeko Mjijwa was born in 1986 in Kynsna. His father taught him how to draw at an early age and during secondary school he started keeping sketch books. In 2007 he applied successfully for an internship with Art Training Initiation (ATI) and graduated at the end of that year. In 2008 he enrolled at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University to study fine arts in the Art and Design Department. In April 2013 he graduated with National Diploma in Fine Arts.
        His work in the past has tackled the issue of death as a business and how insurance companies use death as a marketing tool.

        In 2014 at the Warehouse Exhibition held in Cape Town, his body of work tackled the sanitation issue that had made media headlines throughout 2013.

        EDUCATION
        2014
        Attained higher certificate in theology at George Whitefield College
        2013
        National diploma (Painting), school of art and design – Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)
        2007
        Apprenticeship at Art Training Initiation (ATI) in ceramics at the end of the year I was awarded an NQF Level 4 certificate
        2005
        Attained senior certificated at Ithembelihle Comprehensive School
         
        WORK EXPERIENCE
        2011
        Painted the mural for Route 67 at the ArtEC gallery
        Worked at ArtEC hanging paintings for the opening of the Athenaeum art gallery
        Worked for Artworks for Youth organization, teaching drawing at Joe Slovo primary school

        COLLECTIONS, COMMISSIONS, RESIDENCES
        2012
        Commissioned to Paint cartoon characters in a Children’s ward in Mercantile Hospital
        Collection exhibition with Music, Art and Design Society (M.A.D) in an exhibition, titled “Boxes to Mozambique” at Art and Design Department (NMMU)
        2011
        One of the artists who painted the mural for Route 67 at ArtEC gallery
        Designed one of the lights for Route 67 at the Donkin Park
        2010
        Collection exhibition through Basement project at French Alliance
        2009
        Painted a mural at Helen vale for Disability Awareness Week, working with NMMU Disability Unit
        2008
        One of the artists who painted the Raga Bolo mural in Zwide Stadium, sponsored by SABC and Smirnoff
        One of the artists who was Commissioned to paint cartoon characters in a children’s ward in Dora Nginza Hospital

        EXHIBITIONS
        2015
        Exhibited at Galarie Noko gallery (Port Elizabeth)
        Exhibited at Absa L'Atelier Art Competition at the Art and Design Department (NMMU)
        Exhibiting at SOTA (State of The Art Gallery) website in Cape Town
        2013
        Exhibited in the Sanitation Exhibition at the Warehouse Foundation in Cape Town
        2012
        Exhibited in final year graduation exhibition at the Art and Design Department (NMMU)
        2010
        Exhibited at Absa L'Atelier Art Competition at the Art and Design Department (NMMU)

        PUBLICATIONS & REVIEWS
        2013
        Jam that session visual arts. “Interviewed by Creative Nestlings” www.creativenestlings.com
        2012
        Nicky Willemse. “Mr Death makes appearance in art” Weekend Post. Nov 24, 2012, p8


    • Interview
      • Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
        Bamanye Ngxale, Laduma Ngxokolo, Pola Maneli, Banele Loyiso Njadayi, Nicholas  Hauser, Siyabonga Ngaki and Mkonto Gwazela

        Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?

        Gerald Sekoto, George Pemba these artist depicted black people in a noble light in an error of South African history were black people were looked down upon. They also documented the way they lived and working conditions.

        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
        At Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2010, the subject matter the students were dealing with were confrontational also what the country was facing. Police brutality and xenophobic attacks.

        Where do you get your inspiration for your work?

        Everyday living, The African continent and philosophy plus reading books.

        Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about?
        No I don’t, however I enjoying reading and turn what I have read into artwork if it grasp my imagination.

        What do you like most about being an artist?

        Being able to say what I need and want to say also turning words into imagery.

        How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?

        I read.

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

        When I sold my first painting that feeling that, my work has touch or change someone’s opinion.

        Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?

        Yes, by introducing them to my view of the world

        What are your plans for the coming year?

        To take a degree in theology and get married.

  • Invisible Man - Painting by Ntobeko Mjijwa NTOBEKO MJIJWA
    Invisible Man
    Painting, W:61 x H:91 cm
    $589
  • Must We Always Apply The Constitution? - Figurative Painting by Ntobeko Mjijwa NTOBEKO MJIJWA
    Must We Always Apply The Constitution?
    Figurative Painting, W:76 x H:61 cm
    $554
  • As Long As We Remain Private, Yes... - Figurative Painting by Ntobeko Mjijwa NTOBEKO MJIJWA
    As Long As We Remain Private, Yes...
    Figurative Painting, W:84 x H:60 cm
    $592
  • Death In The Room - Extra Large Painting by Ntobeko Mjijwa NTOBEKO MJIJWA
    Death In The Room
    Extra Large Painting, W:185 x H:77 cm
    $1 246
  • Propaganda - Painting by Ntobeko Mjijwa
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    Propaganda
    Painting, W:61 x H:75 cm
  • Life Is A Vapour II - Painting by Ntobeko Mjijwa
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    Life Is A Vapour II
    Painting, W:61 x H:91 cm
  • Accountable To Whom? - Acrylic Painting by Ntobeko Mjijwa
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    Accountable To Whom?
    Acrylic Painting, W:61 x H:69 cm
  • Your Government - Mixed Media Painting by Ntobeko Mjijwa
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    Your Government
    Mixed Media Painting, W:71 x H:89 cm
  • Life Is A Vapour - Oil Painting by Ntobeko Mjijwa
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    Life Is A Vapour
    Oil Painting, W:61 x H:72 cm
  • Mr Death To You - Mixed Media by Ntobeko Mjijwa
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    Mr Death To You
    Mixed Media, W:73 x H:120 cm
  • South African Flag Drama - Mixed Media by Ntobeko Mjijwa
    NTOBEKO MJIJWA
    South African Flag Drama
    Mixed Media, W:77 x H:110 cm
  • Are You Covered II - Mixed Media by Ntobeko Mjijwa
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    Are You Covered II
    Mixed Media, W:85 x H:60 cm
  • Are You Covered I - Painting by Ntobeko Mjijwa
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    Are You Covered I
    Painting, W:61 x H:92 cm