ABOUT THE ARTIST

Buhle Wonder Mbambo born 1989 in SouthAfrica, is a Durban-based visual artist from Kwa-Ngcolosi one of the villages which is still ruled under a chief.

Having started art as a hobby at the age of nine, Mbambo says that he was encouraged by his mother to further explore art as a career as he use to play a lot with charcoal from firewood making stick man drawings on the walls of the house as a kid.

He received his first formal training through the BAT Centre Artists in Residency (AIR) Program, after he studied fine art through the Velobala apprenticeship program at Durban University of Technology, under the mentorship of Themba Shibase.

Buhle has participated in various art workshops and exhibited in galleries nationally as well as internationally in Europe including Germany and Switzerland.

Buhle has participated in a number of residency programs in South Africa, including a 3months art residency in Germany Bremen and has presented his work in various institutions in Europe including the Northumbria University Newcastle, UK.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

  • Bat Centre, one year basic ( AirProgram)
  • Durban University of Technology (advanced apprenticeship training).
  • Velobala classes, (DUT)
  • Art workshop, Bat Centre Danisile Ncube Zimbabwean Artist teaching sculptor
  • Art Workshop, Durban Art Gallery (Tribute to Enerst Mancoba) curatedby Lionel Davis.
  • Durban Art Gallery, Don’t Panic facilitated by Gabi Ngcobo, Zamani Makhanye and Sfiso kamkame.
  • Edel Studio in Germany Bremen, Art wokshop exploring contemporary art
  • Durban University of Technology (advanced velebola training).
  • VANSA Art workshop, collective studios (residency abroad discourse)
  • Art Eye Gallery Plascon spaces project, Joburg (Art of Color)

RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Taught Visual Art “drawing and painting”at the Bat Centre ( Air program).
  • Assisted in “Don’t Panic” exhibition worked with Gabi Ngcobo, Durban Art
    Gallery.

PUBLIC ART PROJECTS

  • 2014 Mural at Colgate and Polmolive, kan land
  • 2012 Mural in Lindelani school (Wall room project by Department of Art
    and Culture)
  • 2011 Mural of Inqolo Noseyili Photography Exhibition.(By Zoro Xaba)
  • 2011 Renewing Bat Centre Mural
  • 2011 Mural of a Waterfall in the bridge (Don’t Panic project by Gabi
    Ngcobo)
  • 201O Moisaic at Sakhithemba Centre(Ilovu)

COMMISSIONS & COLLECTIONS

  • Durban Art Gallery Private collection.
  • Nandos commission “paintings”
  • Colgate commission
  • Art Eye Gallery Joburg. Private collection
  • Private collection, Austria
  • Private collection, Department of Art and Culture
  • Private collection, Switzerland
  • Private collection , USA