was born on the 17th January 1977 in a rural village near Giyani called
Noblehoek, with Noblehoek in turn being under the chiefdom of Msengi. My family
is very artistic, all of them "know" the skill of sculpting, though
none of them have refined their skill like I have, as most of them do not want
to be artists. My farther, a well known artist, Johannes Maswanganyi taught me
to carve. He learnt this skill from his farther, the late Piet, who was also a
carver. He used to carve bowls, cooking spoons and forks. My mother makes
beadwork, embroidery, and clay pots.
started school in 1983 at Haaka Primary School, and in 1991 I went to Ndengenza
High School, where I matriculated in 1995. I decided to further my studies at
Technikon Witwatersrand, where I studied Fine Art. After obtaining my National
Diploma in 1999 I decided to work as a full time artist, and since then have
participated in numerous exhibitions and workshops in South Africa and abroad.
Even before I studied Fine Art, I was participating in exhibitions, as my
farther, who I consider to be the best teacher, taught me from an early age.
– Preparatory exhibition for my farther, and Keith Alexander for Germany tour,
1995 - Gazankulu Training Trust.
1996 - Soul Perspective, University of South Africa, Pretoria.
1999 - Exhibition for Third Year Students, Rembrandt Van Rijn Gallery,
1999 - Two man exhibition for the opening of Mr & Mrs de Liefde’s house,
2000 - Mukondeni Art Gallery Exhibition.
2001 - ABSA Atelier, Johannesburg.
2001 - Artists from Elim area, University of South Africa.
2002 - ABSA Atelier, Johannesburg.
2002 - Visiting artists, Art of Africa Gallery, Cumbria, England.
2002 - World Summit on Sustainable Development, Johannesburg.
2003 - Soul of Africa, Development Bank, Johannesburg.
2000 – Beelden Ann Zee Museum, Holland – for Africa meets Europe exhibition.
2002 – Artist in residence, Arkleby near Aspartia, Engalnd – for Art of Africa
– Third prize winner, GTT, Giyani
1999 – Beeld Artvaak vir Immovirend Werk
2001 – Top Ten finalist at ABSA Atelier.
Pretoria Art Museum
Gertrude Posel Gallery, Wits University
Many private collections in South Africa and abroad.