LUDUMO MAQABUKA (1982 - ) Born in Umtata, Eastern Cape, Ludumo ‘Toto’ Maqabuka now resides and works as a full-time urban contemporary artist in Johannesburg. He obtained a National Diploma in Fine Art at Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, in 2007 and in 2009 exhibited his first solo collection, +27, at Design Cafe in Pretoria. He has participated in many group exhibitions to date. Ludumo feels that modern society is highly defined by the influx of popular culture and the influences it has on new ideologies and personal identities. His work highlights the influences of this mass media and its effects on township life, exposing the societal norms and the formation of constructed identities within in frame of popular culture. Maqabuka mainly paints portraits with a style reminiscent of Pop Art, where vibrant solid colours, homemade stencils, spray paint and the influence of hip hop are used to bring character to the faces and create the overall mood of the work. Music is a great influencer of his and he listens to a lot of jazz when he works.
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