Even I Exist (SOLD)

Simphiwe Nzube


Acrylic on Paper, 2015


77cm x 55cm

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Born in Johannesburg in 1990, Simphiwe Ndzube lives and works in Cape Town, where he is currently studying for a B.A. in Fine Arts at the UCT Michaelis School of Fine Arts. He considers himself a creative fine art painter and sculptor who works with a variety of mediums and styles, including photography and mixed media. His current body of work explores the ways in which people present and disguise themselves, the constructing of gender, sexuality and the performance of masculinity as well as the claiming of individuality through masquerades.

Ndube’s interest in fashion, in particular the phenomenon of “African dandyism” and the associated performance of aristocratic fantasies has been one of the prominent themes in his recent work. His current works have been at once a celebration of 19th century Victorian, Egyptian and Asian clothing and influence, as well as also offering a critique the troubling colonial inheritance that led African men to define and classify themselves in assimilated ways.

‘I am deeply fascinated by subcultural groups like La Sape ( gentleman of the Congo), the Izikhothane, the Smarteez as well as Swankers in South Africa, and other groups that reinvent fashion, making their dress a statement and form of resistance and pride. Our image becomes a survival mechanism to cover our fears, weaknesses, inabilities, ugliness, and insecurities, but also fulfills our fantasies, as we impersonate figures we admire or aspire to be.’

Simphiwe Ndube

Ndube’s most recent work has been displayed alongside works auctioned at the Stephen Welz & Co. in Johannesburg as well as being part of the Newcastle Arts Festival, curated by Nonkululeko Mabaso in Durban and Malawi. His work shown at THE STUDIO Kalk Bay, was voted “best work” by exhibiting artists, and received the Artist’s Prize. In 2010, Simphiwe completed a commission for the Western Cape Department of Arts & Culture; while in 2013, he received the Cecil Skotnes Award for the best body of work produced among third-year students at the Michaelis School of Fine Arts, UCT


2010 Peter Clarke and Friends, Frank Joubert Art Centre, Cape Town

2011 Vuleka Art Competition, Art B Gallery,Bellville, Cape Town

2010 See, Create, Iziko National Gallery Annex, Cape Town

2009 Rights of a Child, Iziko National Gallery Annex, Cape Town

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