The work of Thembalethu Manqunyana, an isiXhosa artist from Gqeberha who is now based in Cape Town, is on display in a solo exhibition at the AITY Gallery in Franschhoek until 19 November. He has already exhibited across three continents and has achieved widespread recognition.
The charm of his free-form style stems from his tangible, playful depiction of personas, a trend in contemporary art, but also by his superb translation of previous masters done with a lightness of suggestion and always within his own parameters. His supporters are intrigued by the delicate balance of his own narrative and that of others and the balance between European art theory and African art depictions. (www. Arttimes.co.za)