Themba Khumalo - (b.1987) Soweto, Johannesburg. Currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Themba’s emotive charcoal drawings and paintings capture the busy cityscapes and vast rural landscapes he observes in and around Johannesburg where he lives. Themba’s work takes you on a journey of dispossession, poverty, loss, connection and hope. Through the command of his medium, he recreates the nuances of contemporary South Africa that he experiences on a daily basis.

Themba graduated from Artist Proof Studio in printmaking, where he obtained a Design Foundation Certificate. He went on to do a professional printmaking development course under the sponsorship of Pinpoint One, at Artist Proof Studio in 2009 where he was an intern in the silkscreen unit and special project team. Khumalo is interested in exploring different mediums, such as charcoal drawings and painting.

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He has been involved in a number of group exhibitions, commissions and special projects, such as painting murals in the Eastern Cape and being invited to exhibit in a group show at Isolate del Cinema festival in Rome, Italy. His work has been exhibited at FNB Joburg Art Fair, Turbine Art Fair, Cape Town Art Fair and Frieze Art Fair London. He has had solo and group exhibitions in South Africa, Dubai, Italy, Washington, Amsterdam, France and Mexico.

When I’m making art, I can portray what I want to say. My art is my voice, my words, my expression to the world.