Miró, Basquiat, Picasso ... and Blessing Ngobeni

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Miró, Basquiat, Picasso ... and Blessing Ngobeni

Winner of the 2020 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for visual art has been compared to the heavyweights

Graham Wood

Blessing Ngobeni, winner of the 2020 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for visual art, has been compared to Miró, Basquiat and even Picasso. The dreamlike (or nightmarish) quality of his canvases also suggests surrealist roots.

His more direct local artistic lineage might include Dumile Feni for his twisted figures and complex flattened compositions, but also for the way in which he manages to express the connection between impersonal political systems and individual pain.

Or you might even see echoes of Norman Catherine, whose bold colour palette and combination of eerie distortion and dark humour animate almost cartoonish figures charged with base motivations. ..

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