Muzi Ndlela


Muzi Ndlela

BIOGRAPHY

Ndlela was born in Mpophomeni Township in Howick, KwaZulu Natal Midlands. He started drawing at primary school at Edendale. In 1998 he attended art classes under Mduduzi Xakaza. Later he received a Rita Strong scholarship to study at the University of KwaZulu Natal. In 2018 he graduated holding a Post graduate Diploma in Fine Art.
Muzi won a number of Awards including the Start Nivea Art Award in 2008 competing with more than 260 artists. He did both Solo and group exhibitions with great success. He has this unique style of using mute and vibrant colours together with charcoal, pastel and collage.
His work is in the public and private collection locally and abroad.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

My body of work is panoramas with wide skies and loneliness of a vacant land. Loneliness of a landscape and frustration of the stormy sky are a symbol of our struggles in our country in the post-apartheid era. After many years of freedom we are still facing challenges regarding good quality education, service delivery and financial freedom.
I usually add humanistic images carrying umbrellas. In my work an umbrella is a symbol of divine protection, hope and courage. The courage that pushes us to move forward regardless of our hardships.
I enjoy a powerful mark of a charcoal stick and vibrancy that chalk pastel brings to the mute tones of my drawings, like our hope and faith brings blessings and joy in the midst of our horrible living conditions.
The late Peter Clarke once said, “How amazing to be a person , to be alive here and now on the surface of this planet. So I want to and do express my feelings of affection, frustration and resolution in a way that I do; as well as my concern via the people who appear in my work. By the way of them I speak about the heritage of common humanity”. (‘Listening to distant thunder the art of Peter Clarke’ by Phillippa Hobbs and Elizabeth Rankin).
My fundamental message is that beside our challenges of life, there is always an opportunity to change and develop our lives and of those around us.