FEATURE: Self-taught artist Zwelakhe Ngobese embraces African culture through his work

C reatives Under Lockdown  is a SABC News feature that focuses on issues affecting artists. This week , pen artist Zwelakhe Ngobes talks about using his talent to embrace African culture. 


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African child #africanchild #africanchildren
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Self-taught pen artist Zwelakhe Ngobese says African people appreciate art.  The 26-year-old from Duduza, East of Johannesburg, uses his social media platforms to share pieces inspired by different cultures in the continent. Ngobese says Africans need to be proud of their heritage.
“I do believe that African people appreciate art. It is only a matter of finding your audience. I believe that you have to find the right people who appreciate the specific type of art you create. As you may recognise that my artwork represents African culture, it exposes the beauty of African people.”
South Africa celebrates Heritage Month every September.


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Your Gift is your source of value…
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His favourite piece is entitled Umadala, depicting an old man smoking a pipe.
“This is my favourite art piece because that is where I discovered my true potential. The details in that art piece are just amazing, the skin texture, the pores, the pimples, everything.”


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Realistic Ballpoint Pen art


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