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MBHEKENI MBILI’S SOLUTION (article first published : 2003-01-23)

Solution, an exhibition of paintings by Mbhekeni Mbili is running in the BAT Centre’s Democratic Gallery.

Mbhekeni is a self-taught artist from Umlazi whose enormous drive and passion for creativity has led to the realisation of his long-held dream to show his works in a public gallery. Mbhekeni works long hours as a petrol attendant by day, and paints in every spare moment after hours. He attributes attaining his dream to the constant encouragement of friends and fellow-workers.

Mbhekeni was born in 1975 into a family with no artistic background. His gift for drawing was recognised as a child and school teachers did their best to foster it. He has been actively involved in community art programmes and has participated in several public art competitions. Mbhekeni also painted the murals in a community crêche at Umlazi.

"My work deals with the everyday problems facing our country - Issues like AIDS, hunger and the escalating rate of crime," says Mbhekeni whose Christianity is also a core theme of his work.

The exhibition runs until 31 January 2003.




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