South African artist, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi is a self-thought painter whose artworks is inspired by sound films and theatre. He has attended and facilitated several art workshops in Greatmore studio in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Stuttgart, Sao Paulo, Wales, Florence and Cumbria.
Working in an extremely figurative and repetitive form, his landscape formatted paintings involve movement and pace as well as symbolic storytelling elements. His work expresses commentaries on the local and international political landscape.
On a quest to translate his painting into live performances, he has collaborated with visual artists musicians and dancers, local and international, artists such as Jackie Monyaapelo, Reza Khota, Hlubi Vakalisa, Lonwabo Kilani and Dathini Mzayiya and staged music and body movement performances that reflect the content of his paintings.
His work has featured in various galleries including Association for Visual Arts in Cape Town; Beacon Harbour Gallery in Cumbria England; SBK galleries in Amsterdam; and Barnard Gallery in Cape Town. His artwork has been collected by private individuals as well as companies such as Telkom, Sanlam Private Wealth, Iziko National Gallery, Delair Graff Estate, University of South Africa and the University of Cape Town.
In 2010, he was awarded a fellowship in The Dak’art Biennale in Dakar, Senegal, a Foundation Blachere Residency Award. In 2011, he was awarded a Lava Thomas and Peter Danzig fellowship Award for his residency at Djerassi Artist’s Residency, in California. In the same year, he was invited for a Thami Mnyele Artists residency in Amsterdam and was awarded a fellowship residency at Sacatar, Brazil. In 2013, he was awarded a fellowship at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany. In 2017 he was invited for a residency at IESPIS in Malmo Sweden where he collaborated with the dance duo Waileth & Bardon on the image and dance performance entitled “first thought” the project is still ongoing.
Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi is featured in the Zeitz MOCAA exhibition, Still here tomorrow to high five you yesterday (2019).