BOLD AND DYNAMIC FINE ARTIST
Written by: Shanice Pillay
The innocence off childhood and love of life is where Sinenhlanhla Ngcobo (27) inspiration comes from in his artwork.
Growing up with a big family is what stimulated his passion for art.
“I attended Kwa-Cetshwayo Primary School and thereafter I went to Shallcross Secondary School. I live at Tshelimnyama (Pinetown). My parents have been separated for a very long time, but I grew up in my grandfather’s house with my cousins and it was a big and happy family. I do have half sisters and brothers but did not grow up with them,” said Ngcobo.
Fine art was his career choice due to his surroundings.
“I chose fine art as a career because there are a lot of questions and issues that fascinate me since childhood about my surroundings. If I were to choose another career it would still be art maybe music, anything that will allow me to communicate and add value to our society,” he said.
He adds that art is a very powerful tool to help in nation building; art is about life and life is not stable it’s always moving and is not easy to predict what is going to happen next. So art is also like that, sometimes you end up producing work you did know you were going to produce.
Ngcobo explains his work and what it means.
“My thematic area of interest is childhood, my work reflecting back to history and memories of early childhood that were part us of growing up, looking to how the world was presented to me by my family and the society. My work intends to juxtapose the past and the present, looking at the shifts in between that are coursed by the influence from the world or society that we are part of,” he said.
“I chose to reflect back to childhood because for me, I think (children are) innocent and less influenced, the way they think and make decisions, and how they come up with solutions is not so much influenced by pop culture (greediness, violence and cruelty). A child who is free and homeless becomes threatened by what is expected of him or her to become in the society, and sometimes it becomes a very heavy burden,” he added.
He believes that one’s perception and reaction to philosophical meanings of life changes as we grow.
“I think because of the pop culture and other forms of influence from society, our desires and interest changes as we grow and we tend to become greedy and consume much more than what we need,” he said.
The fine artist sees himself running his own museum and becoming a platform for other young artists.
*Caption: Examples of the work of fine artist Sinenhlanhla Ngcobo from the Durban University of Technology.