Siyabonga Mlambi (South African 1990-): INGCINGANE
signed, dated '22 Acrylic on canvas 20cm x 30cm
Siyabonga was born in the small town of Bizana located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. This area is famous for sharing the birthplace of Winnie Madikizela Mandela and anti-apartheid politician Oliver Tambo. Built with a mixture of warm hospitality, cultural sites, breath-taking landscapes and the click language of Xhosa tribal traditions make this location like no other in the world.
Siyabonga identifies his style as Khanda-Art Super blur African Synthetic Cubism. The style entertains the viewer with beauty and desire that the eye cannot see but only the heart can feel. The development of Khanda-Art can be found in the definition of Khanda. This term is of Nguni-origin. It can be understood as the process creating something from scratch. More specifically, the process of moulding and development to create something of intrinsic value. This art movement is the child of a universe whose roots have a stronghold in (South) Africa. The aim and desire of Khanda-Art, specifically, is to entertain the viewer with beauty that encourages your imagination to flow and push-boundaries beyond your wildest expectations. Siyabonga uses, what he identifies as, the basic and fundamental elements of life. These can be understood as lines, shapes, colour and texture. The focus on lines in Siyabonga’s work is emphasized because he believes that these are “like veins that gives life to the artwork”. Furthermore, lines depict motion around his colourful characters and connect one to another. This then symbolizes the concepts of unity, respect and above all love. Positivity is a recurrent and central theme in Siyabonga’s collection of works.