Tamsanqa Mnkani Artist
Tamsanqa Mnkani was born in Middledrift in the Eastern Cape of South Africa and grew up in a small village called Thorn Park, which is surrounded by many villages of Xhosa speaking people. As a child he was encouraged by his older cousins to draw, and hence began drawing cars, cartoons and portraits for his friends. That is where his passion for art started. In 2016 after finishing his matric he decided to persue his dream of becoming an artist, and he is now completing his BTech in Fine Art at The Walter Sisulu University.
His artworks portray his personal story as a young boy growing up in rural areas, and in particular are are influenced by critical levels
of social awareness in contemporary societies that may lead to the ability to make responsible choices as citizens when it comes to redressing community justice. His works explore his personal experience and personal story as a perpetrator of mob justice. He looks at some difficulties arising from undertaking mob justice with friends and facing the consequences as an individual. In his artworks he uses mixed medium on canvas such as ball pen, pencil and coffee, but the core dominating medium is oil paint. He uses blending techniques.
His philosophy is to travel all over the world and learn about various cultures and religions through art. After his studies he wants to take his skills back to Middledrift and open his painting studio and start some programmes to share his skills.
He won the 2019 Outstanding Achievement in Painting award at Walter Sisulu University, East London, South Africa.