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WonderBuhle (B. 1989, Kwangcolosi, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa)
WonderBuhle (B. 1989, Kwangcolosi, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa)
WonderBuhle (B. 1989, Kwangcolosi, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa)
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WonderBuhle (B. 1989, Kwangcolosi, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa)

Ubuntu buyakha

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WonderBuhle (B. 1989, Kwangcolosi, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa)
Ubuntu buyakha
signed (on the reverse)
acrylic and metallic gold on canvas
89.8 x 63.4 in. (228 x 161 cm.)
Executed in 2020.

SOLD

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Celine Cunha
Celine Cunha

Lot Essay

WonderBuhle is a South African artist born in 1989, at a place called Kwangcolosi in the south of KwaZulu Natal. He received his first formal training from the Bat Centre (a Visual arts residency program in Durban, 2010) studied fine art under the mentorship of Themba Shibase as Velobala apprenticeship program at Durban University of Technology (2011-2013). Buhle had his first solo show at the Durban Art Gallery (2018) and recently had his second solo show at the PhilippZollinger Gallery in Switzerland (2019). Buhle had participated in numerous group exhibition both in South Africa and abroad, including a three months art residency in Bremen as recipient of the Bremer Kunststipendum Art Grant of 2016, he is a recent recipient of the Royal Overseas League Scholar ship, partnered with the Arthouse in the United Kingdom Wakefiled (2018).

Artist statement
“It is always a combination of joyful and emotional moment whenever I start to lay these “Flowers like Stars” symbols in my paintings. They are a reflection of the energy that has been passed on to me through the bloodline of my grandmother as a guidance to be fearless, to learn to appreciate, to purify the soul and to connect with my spiritual entities in favour to unwrap my universal
gifts. They are a poetic symbol that is easily drawn to understand the peace of the moon, moon as in our dark beautiful faces that appears to be black. When I paint these faces in juxtaposition with these symbols, I feel accompanied and purposeful. As a kid who grew up playing in the fields a lot, my grandmother will always advise me not to destroy the “Lucky flowers” this grew a curiosity about their purpose and she said “I will tell you one day but just know, they carry our fortunes”, it has been three years after she had passed on, but her teachings is the attitude I give to the world, My work is not about finding my identity, I know exactly who I am and where I am from, I know about my richness and the wisdom of my people. The layers of blackness I give to these faces they are the assurance of our kind.”

WonderBuhle
b. 1989, Kwangcolosi, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. 
The artist works and lives in Durban, South Africa. 
 
Instagram: @wonderbuhle

Courtesy the artist and 
Destinee Ross-Sutton & Associates
Art Curation, Advisory and Management 
IG : @desti.knee
email: destineerosssuttonassociates@gmail.com

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