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Mzwandile's latest work is inspired by his love for jazz music, through shapes and figures, he explores ideas of Afrikan Spirituality, Mysticism and Identity. Letting the music flow and see where it takes him, finding meaning in the spaces between notes. His drawings are normally spontanious, starting with a circle, using very little if any preliminary drawings he forms visual narratives guided by music and poetry.


Mzwandile Buthelezi is a Johannesburg based multi disciplinary artist, born in Soweto in 1981. He graduated in Graphic Design at the University of Johannesburg.


Mzwandile began his art career as a graffiti artist in the mid 90’s, He has since moved to making studio work and has taken part in both local and international group exhibitions. His work is inspired by the apartheid era township art styles.

Well known for his striking jazz album cover artworks, he has worked with some of the best Jazz musicians which include Nduduzo Makhathini, Thandi Ntului, Mandla Mlangeni, Shabaka Hutchings, Salim Washington just to name a few. He is also part of a three piece band with fellow band members Tumi Mogorosi and Pule Pheto, in the band Mzwandile creates improvised artworks interpreting the music live. Through his work he explores ideas of African spirituality and politics of identity, drawing from his strong Zulu background.



Group Exhibitions:

Word of Art, Cape Town, 2009

Addidas – All originals – art on main, Johannesburg, 2010

Satellite Spaces – The painters show - Main Street life, Johannesburg, 2011

Absolut Blank, Johannesburg, 2012

Liberasian, Hong Kong 2013

Bavino – Afrikan Freedom Station, Johannesburg, 2014

Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg, 2015

Hazard Gallery - Street Talk

Bright night project – ROOM Gallery

Fierce Now – Amsterdam, 2016




ROOM is pleased to present at the 11th Editiopn of the FNB JoburgArtFair the works by early and mid career artiusts MaqhaweMkhwanazi, Mzwandile Buthelezi and Fidel Regueros., whose work focuses on exploring










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