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Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi

Grant holder in Malmö 8 February – 30 April 2017

Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi was born in Cape Town South Africa in 1977. He did his art training at Community art Project in Woodstock, Cape Town, in 2000 – 2002. His art career was further nurtured at Greatmore Artist studios by Artists mentors, such as Sipho Hlati, Prof, Thembinkosi Goniwe, Pro Sobopha, Lionel Davis, Peter Clarke, Jill Trappler and Velile Soha, This is where he did his first artist studios residency. He is currently one of the board of trustees at Greatmore artist studios, and Annual Thupelo artist’s workshop.

In 2010 he was awarded in The Dak’art Biennale in Dakar, Senegal Foundation Blachere Residency Award. In 2011 he won an Award for Lava Thomas and Peter Danzig fellowship Awards for a Reridency at Djerassi Artist’s Residency, in California. At the same year he was awarded a fellowship residency at Sacater, Brazil. In 2013 in was awarded a fellowship at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany. Ndikhumbule is currently represented by Barnard Gallery in Newlands Cape Town.

Artist Statement - Iaspis
I am a painter, Born and living in Cape Town, South Africa, Currently represented by Barnard gallery. Besides painting, I collaborate with musicians’ dancers and lighting technicians, who mostly use my paintings as inspiration for their creations.
My work investigate human struggles through use of figurative painting. These narratives are investigated and then presented in a symbolic and figurative form, where I deal mostly with National and international political and social landscapes. It is about problems mostly political faced by people in South Africa and abroad. These ideas are expressed through use of figures. This is also where I explore aesthetic approaches or illustrate my story telling by the use of the material, which is paint. It’s about how politics and social constraints shapes the way we move, think. Of – cause my approach is symbolic and in a surreal form.

The origin of my imagery comes from the genesis of sound and movement, from sound and movement comes rhythm. Rhythm and movement equals to a “central image” in the mind. I guess it’s what they call inspiration. Central image is a core part of narrative imagery which have been generated by the elements of the imagined sound. So my painting come from a hard to explain phenomenon taking place when I imagine, hear or listening to the sound, that also explains the relationship between sound and mark making. But it a very important genesis, hence I explore musical performances with jazz artists, dancers and visual artists. This process of working often ends up being a musical theatre, if I get to collaborate with performers, and live the artworks being stills for the performance piece.

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