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STHEMBISO AT ARTROOTS (article first published : 2001-05-14)

Artroots is a newly opened gallery at 50 Florida Road featuring contemporary and traditional fine art and artefacts by African artists. This month's featured artist is Sthembiso Shongwe who also appears in various calendars and other graphic publications which are also on display. Sthembiso is a regional finalist of the Absa Atelier Awards and his work has been taken to Johannesburg for the final judging.

A professional artist, Sthembiso Shongwe studied graphic art at ML Sultan Technikon. He has won prizes in many competitions such as the Face to Face Youth Festival 1993 and the Ithala Bank, BESG and Pavilion Art Alive calendar competitions.

He has produced illustrations for Comrades Marathon (Coca Cola) and worked on the Berea Station mural (Metro Rail) as well as the Old Dutch taxi rank (Durban Corporation). He presented a solo exhibition titled Shosholoza at the BAT Centre and appeared in numerous exhibitions as well as the prestigious Stuttgart meets Durban and Groundswell, a collective South African artists exhibition at the Mermaid Gallery in London.




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