In sensitively-balanced gestural painting and collage, Malwande Ngcingi’s work is the projection of social psychosis. In contrast to the colour compositions of hues in blue and taupe, flashes of red line and green daubs underscore the conflictual nature of his subjects. Based on the political sphere and the media, he is concerned with the reproduction of public perceptions of leadership through the falsehood and ignorance created by the media, and political figures themselves. Ngcingi deconstructs these social perceptions through the erratic texture of thickly applied paint, juxtaposed with the delicacy of newsprint. Deploying familiar political symbols – chessboards, military insignia, and boxers – the images are vigorously worked into visually-arresting tableaus. The result is the aesthetic resistance of the painted surface to linear narratives. Born in 1992 in the Eastern Cape, Malwande Ngcingi is an Ivory Park-based artist. Ngcingi’s institutional arts education started in Saturday art classes at Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) in 2009. He completed his BFA at Tshwane University of Technology in 2016. He has exhibited in numerous galleries, as well as the Pretoria Arts Museum.