Under the shade of an indigenous Mpengende Tree, deep in rural Zululand, sits an artist of epic proportion. This is the home of Themba Mathenjwe. Born in 1967, Mathenjwe worked as a labourer and during his time off, whittled away at wooden sticks creating carved wooden animals. His natural talent was recognised by the late artist, Peter Engblom, who mentored him and Mathenjwe went on to study at the then Natal Technikon. Mathenjwe gets inspiration from nature and his imagination. The branches of the tree, movement of clouds, and things all around him. He loves the use of bold and bright colours. His creatures are joyful and whimsical, many sporting a naughty attitude.
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