Blessing Ngobeni, the Standard Bank Young Artist of 2020, is known for his distinctive style, created with layers of acrylic washes, exaggerated figures and collage. He uses his expressionist paintings not only to overtly critique the current status quo, but to ask uncomfortable questions about the African’s experience of the world.
Teresa Kutala Firmino is a multimedia artist working with paint, photography and performance. The artist’s seemingly playful canvases are rich in symbolism and metaphor and explore the complex issues of history, cultural heritage, identity, and gender. Her work negotiates trauma, both personal and collective, in her everyday life. Her paintings are constructed scenes of the past and present, which are sometimes intertwined.
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