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ABOUT OUR ARTISTS

Artist statement - Sibusiso Nkwanyana

Sibusiso Nkwanyana is a 19-year-old young man who was born in Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital

located in one of the largest townships in the south of Johannesburg - Soweto. As

a young boy, Nkwanyana was raised in Orange Farm by his mother and lived separately

from his father. He is the middle child with an older sister and a

younger brother born from his mother. His paternal siblings consist of

two brothers and two sisters. The artist recalls many visits to his father’s residence where

he would stay for holidays. Nkwanyana reveals the fact that he encountered difficulties in

his early schooling days and ended up transferring to a different school as a result.

However, this does not discourage his hope that he will one day achieve his academic

goals. He fondly refers to visual art as a true companion. He saw visual art as a way to

escape the difficulties of his early childhood and soon realized that his incredible artistic

abilities could be improved and nurtured through the organization.

 

Artist statement - Tumelo Colen Motaung

Motaung is a 21-year-old young man who was born in Kopanong Hospital. Motaung was

raised by his parents in Kopanong Orange farm as the last born. The

story of how he found visual art is one of the true manifestations of when talent meets

opportunity. Tumelo was assessed and diagnosed with cognitive delay when he was in

high school. Motaung's older brother happens to be Tshepo Motaung, the co-founder

of Creative Mentorship Hub and an Artist. After being invited to the center by his older

brother, he attended - not expecting to stay long! Subsequently, after more frequent visits,

Tumelo started to develop his once undiscovered talent in the area of painting. As time

passed, Tumelo's artistic talent grew expeditiously, producing the Artist that he is today.

Motaung opens up to reveal that after not coping well in the education system, finding Art

has been the spark that has ignited his passion for what he feels is his life's purpose.

Having taken the road less traveled, this talented young man chronicles what may be

complex to express through literature and raters channels that into a medium he knows

best-art.

Artist statement - Njabulo Malindi

Njabulo Malindi is a 17-year-old grade 12 young man born in the south of Johannesburg in

the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. He attended the Amsai Primary School and is

currently studying at Vulanindthela Secondary School. Malindi currently resides in Orange

Farm with his mother, aunt, uncle, and younger brother. Starting out as nothing more than

an eager student hungry for knowledge, Njabulo quickly improved on his artistic abilities

showing great dedication to the skill of drawing and painting for which he has equal

affinity and talent. Malindi wants to study fine arts after high school.

Artist statement - Mzwake Msibi

Msibi is an 18-year-old young gentleman who was born in Chris Hani Baragwanath

Hospital located in Soweto, Johannesburg. His mother and grandmother raised

him in Orange Farm. Msibi is a sibling to his brother and sister. Mzwake has attended

Amsai Primary school and graduated to Duzenendlela School for Special needs. Mzwakhe

is falling below average of intellectual functioning and cannot read and spell although, he has

been supported by his school and Creative Mentorship Hub to continue to do what he

loves the most.

Artist statement - Njabulo Sibanyoni

Njabulo Sibanyoni is a 14-year-old young man from Orange farm, born in the Chris Hani

Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg. Raised by his mother and grandmother,

Sibanyoni is the eldest son with two younger siblings, a younger sister and a brother. He is in grade 8 at Leshatha secondary school. Usually, he expressed his feelings through art

and poetry to a point where he saw he was good and fell in love with it. He was then

introduced to Creative Mentorship Hub to learn more about art, knowing that he can

turn it into a career. “I believe I can change my life and my family’s life to the better through

art”

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