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Simphiwe Ndzube

Race and power reimagined in jubilant works of art.

“I think art has the ability to make its audience sympathise, and momentarily forget or, alternatively, be reminded of certain things happening in the world.”

Ndzube’s practice is absurd, joyful and conceptually weighty. He works across painting and sculpture, often fusing 2D canvases with 3D forms. In his sculpture, charismatic figures stand, flail, and dance with exaggerated hips and stomachs. Made out of second-hand shirts, ties and suit-trousers, the works evoke the archetype of the African Dandy, as well as the street style of the artist’s home, Ma...

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Simphiwe Ndzube was born in 1990 in Capetown, South Africa, and now lives and works in Los Angeles, USA.


Growing up in Capetown, where he also attended art school and university, Ndzube stresses the importance of his art remaining accessible and relevant for people from similar communities to his own.


Works featured in international collections including the CC Foundation, Shanghai; HOW Art Museum, Shanghai; Museo Kaluz, Mexico City; Rupert Museum, Cape Town; Rubell family collection, Miami; Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town and Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town.

Collaborations with Simphiwe Ndzube