Discover the latest available collection in the latest exhibition, Emergence. Open from 26 May – 18 June 2021.
Qhamanande Maswana was born in a Township called Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. From an incredibly young age, he always enjoyed drawing and creating things – this moulded his artistic ability today. His work draws inspiration from the conditions around his environment, including the people he sees and interacts with. His artistic subjects range from his close friends and family to random people he approaches on the streets.
With the intention and focus to articulate the beauty and strength that his subject matter possesses, he paints their skin using purple hues to symbolise royalty, luxury, and power. This is his duty as an artist – to recreate the image of these bodies in a new light, as one that portrays royalty distinguished in their appearances and innate abilities. Maswana’s work also provides the viewer with the opportunity to peek into the lives and untold stories of the subjects and by embracing these beings, he implores the viewer to stop, connect and engage with the bodies portrayed.
MMart house, Johannesburg
Association for Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town.
Ann Bryant Art Gallery, East London.
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth.
National Arts festival, Grahamstown.
Eclectica Design Art, Cape Town.
Galerie NOKO, Port Elizabeth.