Blessing Ngobeni is an immensely talented South African artist from Tzaneen born in 1985 and did his training at the Artist Proof Studio in Newtown, Johannesburg.
Blessing’s artworks strongly relates to the themes of self-enrichment and abuse of power(issues we currently dealing with), it appears in pieces like ‘Hybrid’, ‘Don’t Shoot’ and ‘Political in Conflict’, which is about politicians fighting for tenders.
He conceptualizes his masterpieces with a range of found objects, waste materials, and paint on canvas, including magazine cuttings and found cardboard canvasses.Best understood in the context of his past at the age of ten he moved from his home of Tzaneen, Limpopo to the city of Johannesburg where, a bad crowd of teenagers involved themselves in crime. Five years later he was arrested for armed robbery and spent close to six years in prison, that’s when his desire of art and painting surfaced.Ngobeni’s paintings are filled with the irony of the cabaret, sporting the influences of Norman Catherine and Miró, while never forgetting his township roots adding that African flair to his pieces.
With images that are attempting to bring us back to the reality, the forgotten world of the poor and the excluded.Having studied at Newtown’s Artist Proof Studio,worked for David Krut Publishing and the Johannesburg Art Gallery, also worked at the Michaelis Art Library at the Joburg Central Library and as head puppeteer, puppet show director and trainee cameraman at Red Pepper Pictures,he has stapled his mark and paved a way for other up&coming painters.
He has exhibited his work in several group exhibitions, ranging from the Diepkloof Library to Johannesburg Central Library and Museum Africa.First prize and gold award winner at the Gala Ex-Offenders Awards and has exhibited in several group shows at Unity Gallery, including the Sanaa Africa Festival exhibition at Moyo’s, Zoo Lake.
Mastering the craft of mixing his paintings with magazine cutouts as well as cardboard’s has given Ngobeni a very pleasing aesthetic to his discipline of work.His work reflects the city’s vast life and his past experiences.