Themba Shabalala is a contemporary South African artist born in 1994. A totem award winner in 2015 and currently based in Johannesburg in an art community called August House, Themba Shabalala’s formal discipline lies in printmaking. He is predominantly engaged with fire and wood as a medium. He is currently exploring the concept of self-image, which is a reflection of his upbringing and his battle with an absent father figure. His work shows how he chooses to carry traits his mother has given him instead and how he learns to overlook his father’s physical absence. His work has been featured in several group exhibitions and has also been auctioned. Shabalala was one of 9 artists selected in Africa for the prestigious World Art Print in France.
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