Wonder Mbambo

Wonder Mbambo

Artists details

Wonder Mbambo

Wonder Mbambo born in 1989, is a Durban based visual artist from Kwa-Ngcolosi. 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.

After finishing High School, Mbambo received his first formal training through the BAT Centre Artists in Residency (AIR) Program after which he studied fine art through the velobala program at Durban University of Technology under Themba Shibase mentor ship.

Mbambo has participated in various art workshops and exhibited in galleries nationally as well as in Bremen, Germany in 2012.

The conception of his work and medium – he works with charcoal, soft pastel and acrylic paint on fabriano and canvas to articulate his ideas.

His concept revolves around social realities, including issues around body politics and stereotypes associated with men.

At present, you will find Mbambo working at the Bat Centre as a residency artist.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

– Bat Centre, one year basic ( Air Program)

– Art Workshop, Durban Art Gallery ( Tribute to Enerst Mancoba) curated by Lionel Davis.

– Velobala classes, ( DUT)

– Art workshop, Bat Centre Danisile Ncube Zimbabwean Artist teaching sculptor

– 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

2011

– 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

201O Moisaic at Sakhithemba Centre(Ilovu)

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)

2012 Mural in Lindelani school (Wall room project by Department of Art and Culture)

EXHIBITION

2010

-Bat centre (student exhibition).

2011

-Durban Art Gallery exhibition( Don’t Panic )

-African Art Centre exhibition( Velobala group)

-Bat Centre, group exhibition ( Who am I)

-Durban Art Gallery, group exhibition ( Izikhwephazethu)

2012

-Durban University of Technology ( student exhibition, velobala mentor ship)

– Art Space Gallery group exhibition ( Absa La’talier competition)

– Leiterin der stadtischen gallery Bremen Germany, group exhibition

2013

– Durban University of Technology, group exhibition ( Misconception)

– Art Eye Gallery Joburg, group exhibition.

– Margate museum, group exhibition

– African Art Centre, group exhibition

2014

– Art Eye Gallery joburg, group exhibition ( 50 shades of Grey)

– Young Blood Gallery, Cape Town group exhibition

– African Art Centre, group exhibition

– KZNSA group exhibition “AWE”

COMMISSIONS and COLLECTIONS

-Nandos commission “paintings”

– Art Eye Gallery joburg. Private collection

– private collection, Austria

– private collection, Department of Art and Culture