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Mongezi Ncaphayi

South Africa

(Born in 1983 in Eastern Gauteng, South Africa. Lives and works in South Africa.)

Mongezi Ncaphayi’s work explores the themes of politics, power, and gender. He tackles migration spiritually in terms of mapping one’s paths, but also the social atrocities brought about by a collective history of displacement from rural homelands to urban spaces. He collects maps to spark his creativity. He holds these maps in his mind when he creates prints. Sketching them intuitively. Ncaphayi’s work is also inspired by musical scores evidenced in the titles of his works, as he is a skilled jazz musician.

Mongezi Ncaphayi’s work is featured in several important collections including Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, Thami Mnyele Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands, The Ampersand Foundation (TAF), London, UK, ABSA Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa and Luciano Benetton Foundation, Treviso, Italy. He has had solo and group shows in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and New York, and participated in Investec Cape Town, FNB Art Joburg, 1-54 London, and ARCOlisboa. He was also the 2013 Absa L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award-winner.


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