Percy Mabandu is an artist and writer interested in poetics and portraiture, monuments, and symbolic meaning. He creates paintings, prints, and drawings that study both real and fictitious subjects that he iconizes to explore their symbolic energy. His work as an artist is connected to the same interests and energy that governs his work as a writer. Mabandu is also a leading writer and art journalist whose work has appeared in major publications in South African and abroad. He is the author of the book, Yakhal’inkomo - Portrait of a Jazz Classic, a monograph that studies the history and impact of the landmark South African jazz record first released in 1968 Winston Mankunku Ngozi. An anthology of his art journalism, titled Migrant Workers Suite: Essays at the intersection of art, Jazz, and Democracy is due for release in 2022. Mabandu started his journey with art in the 1990s at Arts For All, a Pretoria community art project formally based at the Unisa Little Theatre Complex. He later majored in painting and printmaking at the Tshwane University of Technology. He is currently studying towards a Masters in Fine Arts with the University of Witwatersrand.