- Gwambe Mamoraka Willemina is not your average paint and pencil artist as she uses something more earthy
- Gwambe uses mud to create her masterpieces and it not only makes her work unique but enabled her to win a competition
- Gwambe shared images of her uniquely South African work to the #ImStaying group on Facebook
South Africans are definitely talented individuals. Be it singing, dancing or artwork, many Saffas are born with talent. Gwambe Mamoraka Willemina is one of those skilled individuals in our rainbow nation.
Gwambe is making a name for herself with her mud artwork. In 2017, Gwambe entered the Arnold Classic Africa Art Competition. After entering twice before, Gwambe secured the top place with her uniquely South African artwork.
Gwambe shared that she is an unemployed social worker and is self-taught in terms of her art. She was inspired to start her art journey after losing both her mother and sister a year apart.
Part of Gwambe's post which she shared to the #ImStaying group read:
"I make art using mud and each time I kept losing I told myself that I must come up with something no one has ever done before. Spending time in my grandmother's village taught me a lot, including the fact that I can make use of something so messy into beautiful works of art."
Gwambe's inspiring post was met with compliments from excited Stayers.
Urvashi Singh said:
"Absolutely unique and magnificent."
Robyn Fulbeck wrote:
"Your artwork is amazing. Well done you x."
Lindsay Gray commented:
"That is phenomenal!"
Karen Vickers added:
"This artwork is incredible! Congrats on both your talent AND your persistence!"
In similar news, Briefly.co.za recently reported on a local artist who works hard despite his disability. Jelena Mandic shared a few images of artist Surprise Khoza to the #ImStaying group. Part of her post read:
"Surprise studied fine art at Wits and specialises in painting and mixed media, creating South African art that views the world through his unique perspective."
A post on Suprise's Facebook page stated that he paints using either his mouth or his hands, depending on the artwork. Surprise also relies on a wheelchair for mobility and has prosthetic legs. Surprise utilises his body in whatever way he can.
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