Nandipha Mntambo was born in Swaziland in 1982. She lives and works in South Africa. She graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, in 2007. She won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art in 2011, for which she produced the national travelling exhibition Faena.
She uses mainly cowhide and resin to create macabre figures in which she exploring the ideas of feminine beauty, sexual subversion and unease. She uses video, sculpture, painting and printmaking. She creates also striking installation with anthropomorphic figures half human/half animal. Her work is influenced by Greek mythology and is strongly symbolic.
Her work consists in a human mold (single of multiple) dressed with cowhide in a aerobic composition. The mold is so realistic and underline the sexuality of female’s body. Exhibition: She has had five solo shows at Stevenson in Cape Town (2007, 2009, 2012) and Johannesburg (2009 and 2014); and held her first European solo exhibition at Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm, in 2013. Nandipha Mntambo is included on From Sitting to Selfie: 300 Years of South African Portraits, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg (24 June – 6 September). Mntambo is on the long list for the 2014 AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize (Canada).
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