About the Artist
Ayanda Mabulu was born in King William’s Town in 1981. He is a self-taught artist whose work focuses primarily on the current political climate in South Africa. Solo exhibitions have taken place in China at the Chenshia Museum (2011) and ‘Un-mute my tongue’ at World Art in Cape Town (2010). Most recently his solo show, ‘Imvo Zabantsundu / The Native Opinion’ (14 March – 20 April 2013) was exhibited at Commune.1 gallery. Recent group exhibitions include ‘Our Fathers’ at The AVA Gallery (2012), Greatmore Studio Showcase (2012) and the Bag Factory in Johannesburg (2012). Mabulu has taken part in numerous residencies: Greatmore Art Studios (2011-2013), Chenshia Museum in China (2011), Bag Factory Thupelo workshop in Johannesburg.
Ayanda’s work is extremely politically controversial with his focus being mainly on the topics of corruption and the abuse of power. He has come under extreme social, political and media scrutiny for the images he produces and the outright disgust he has in his subjects.
Mabulu’s work resides in numerous local and international collections including The New Church in Cape Town.