“I Was Born to Create”: Artist Ennock Mlangeni Uses Fridge to Paint Portrait

“I Was Born to Create”: Artist Ennock Mlangeni Uses Fridge to Paint Portrait

  • Celebrated artist Ennock Mlangeni shared his latest creation – a portrait painted on a KZN client's fridge
  • The artist used an array of colours, including blue and different shades of brown for the skin
  • Social media users marvelled at the sight of the artwork, sharing that they wanted one of their own
  • Ennock discussed his creation with Briefly News, sharing how much it would cost for the work of art

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Multi-award-winning artist Ennock Mlangeni paints a portrait on a fridge.
The talented Ennock Mlangeni shared a clip of himself painting a portrait on a client's fridge. Images: @ennockmart / Instagram, @ennockmart / TikTok
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Multi-award-winning artist Ennock Mlangeni used a fridge as his canvas when he painted a recent portrait.

The Johannesburg-based artist, known to have painted Cassper Nyovest's swimming pool, took to social media to share his latest creation – the image of an unknown black woman.

Speaking to Briefly News, Ennock explained:

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"The client asked me to paint anything I wanted. So, I decided to paint a woman's face as my work is mostly influenced by a woman's character."

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On his TikTok account (@ennockmart) Ennock took viewers through the process, uploading a sped-up version of himself painting a client's fridge in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal. Standing and sitting as he paints, the talented man uses different shades of brown for the skin tone, black, white, and grey for the woman's doek, and bright blue for the negative space.

Before uploading a video of the result, Ennock took to Instagram to show a picture of the fridge art in progress and captioned his post:

"I was born to create."

Watch the TikTok video of Ennock painting the portrait and the final product below:

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Ennock Mlangeni shares information about fridge art

Speaking to Briefly News, Ennock shared that his artworks on fridges and other techniques he uses in his pieces range between R10,000 and R60,000.

With this particular piece, the artist, who lost both parents at a young age and was raised by his single grandmother, also shared how he ensured that the paint would not peel off the fridge:

"I seal the work with a special seal to make sure it is not affected when cleaned."

Netizens in awe of Ennock Mlangeni's work

With the national anthem playing in the background, Ennock's video received over 200,000 views, and his comment section received many compliments.

@nangy_14 shared what they would want to see in their kitchen:

"Having a picture of my grandmother on my fridge would be a dream come true. Beautiful work."

@errandswithmello said in the comments:

"Proof that whatever your talent, God will create a market for you."

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Inspired by the artwork, @mahlengeleza said:

"This is amazing. I must get mine with my kids."

The piece moved @yvonnem1982, who wrote:

"Absolutely stunning! This made me smile and feel emotional at the same time."

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Previously, Briefly News reported about Ennock, who was inspired by the photographer Lungisani Mjaji and his niece and couldn't help but paint an image of the little girl as a mural.

According to Ennock, this is one of the best Mzansi stories to unfold through a series of pictures.

Source: Briefly News

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Jade Rhode (Editor) Jade Rhode is a Human Interest Reporter who joined the Briefly News team in April 2024. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes University, majoring in Journalism and Media Studies (distinction) and Linguistics. Before pursuing her tertiary education, Jade worked as a freelance writer at Vannie Kaap News, telling the tales of the community. After her studies, Jade worked as an editorial intern for BONA Magazine, contributing to both print and online. To get in touch with Jade, please email jade.rhode@briefly.co.za