Artist Biography

Siyabonga Ngaki was born in 1989. As a child, the illustrator painter and sculptor was fascinated by  hand-made objects and the creative process in general. Most times drawing references from his own father’s drawings.  Pursuing a career in the arts was not something that Siyabonga had aspired to as a primary or high school life learner. However, he made a conscious decision to pursue art as a career as he became aware of the opportunities that can be derived from pursuing a career in the arts. His works draw from the inherent values of tradition, customs, and of a people who respect culture. This influences his choices of his subject matter, making conscious contrast of the way things are done today and the way they used to be thus drawing analogies between the present and previous historical contexts.

He seeks in his works to question situations and developments in our communities with images that tell stories and evoke sentiments toward or against current events in our time. His wooden sculptures are results of following the existing wood grains, contours and twists in the said material to unveil with little or no subtractive process the underlying narratives that time, weather, climate and gene factors have sealed in the structure. Siyabonga’s two dimensional works border on social commentary.

Education

2014-2015 – M tech Fine Arts (in progress)

2012 – B tech of Fine Arts/ Printmaking, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Diploma of Fine arts/ Printmaking

2010 – Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Exhibitions

2015

  • No Caveat, Galerie NOKO, Port Elizabeth
  • Barclay’s L’Atilier top 100 artists

2014

  • The Nelson Mandela Art Museum Biennial Exhibition, Port Elizabeth
  • The Sasol new signatures top 100 artists
  • Singobani? Sisuka phi? Sisingisele phi? Group Exhibition, Athenaeum, Port Elizabeth

2013

  • Who’s Who Exhibition, Nelson Mandela Art Museum, Port Elizabeth
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Graduates Exhibition, Graham’s town
  • The Athenaeum Facelift Exhibition, Athenaeum Arts Building Port Elizabeth
  • The Absa Atelier top 100 artist, Absa Gallery – Johannesburg

2012

  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Graduates Exhibition, NMMU Port Elizabeth
  • Route 67 Art-comics Group Exhibition, Athenaeum, Port Elizabeth
  • The Absa Atelier top 100 artists, Absa Gallery

2011

  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Contemporary Exhibition, Ron Belling Gallery (GFI Gallery) Port Elizabeth
  • The Absa Atelier top 100 Artists, Absa Gallery

2010

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Graduates Exhibition