b. 1983, Benoni, South Africa
Lives and works in Johannesburg
Wayfaring Field I
Mixed Media on Cold Pressed Fabriano
198 x 141 cm
Devotion & Introspection in Space | 2018
Corridors and Parallels I & Corridors and Parallels II | 2018
Inner Sanctum II | 2016
Inner Sanctum I | 2016
Cosmic Tuning | 2018
It's All About Love | 2018
Astral Blues II | 2017
Mongezi Ncaphayi was born in 1983 in Benoni in Eastern Gauteng, South Africa, where he currently lives and works. Following his graduation with a Diploma in Art and Design from the Ekurhuleni East College-Benoni in 2005, Ncaphayi completed a Professional Printmaking Course at Artist Proof Studio in 2008. In 2012, Ncaphayi obtained a Certificate in Advanced Studies from School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, USA .Notably, in 2013, Ncaphayi was the recipient of the prestigious Absa L’atelier Gerard Sekoto Award, earning him a three-month residency at the Cite Des Arts in Paris, France. In 2011, Ncaphayi received the Ampersand Foundation Fellowship in New York City, USA, while, in 2016, he was awarded a grant from the Prince Claus Fund Grant in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Most recently, Ncaphayi was awarded the Africa First Art Prize at the 2019 Investec Cape Town Art Fair – which will culminate in a solo presentation at the 2020 Investec Cape Town Art Fair. Selected artist-in-residency programmes include: The Atelier le Grand Village Residency in Angouleme, France, in 2014 and the Thami Manyele Foundation Residency in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 2016.
In 2016, Ncaphayi presented his inaugural solo exhibition, Spirit’s Response, as the 2013 Absa L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award-winner, which debuted at the ABSA Art Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa. The exhibition travelled to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), Port Elizabeth, South Africa; Spin Street Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa; Alliance Française, Pretoria, South Africa; and the KwaZulu Natal Society of the Arts (KZNSA), Durban, South Africa. Ncaphayi has since presented three solo exhibitions with SMAC Gallery: Journey to the One in 2016 at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg; and Which Way is East? in 2017 – a large scale exhibition that first showed at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, and was recreated for an installation at The Vault exhibition space in The Silo District, Cape Town, South Africa; and Of the seeking or the finding, in SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg in 2019.
In 2018, Ncaphayi exhibited a solo presentation with SMAC Gallery at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London, UK; and with SMAC Gallery’s group presentation at the 2018 Investec Cape Town Art fair. Ncaphayi also participated in Print Promises, a group exhibition up on show at the Iziko South African National gallery. Ncaphayi’s work is also currently up on exhibition as part of the group show, Filling in the Gaps, at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa.
Selected group exhibitions include: Print Promises and Filling in the Gaps, both at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa in 2019; African Amicitiae at the Arti et Amicitiae Society in association with the Thami Mnyele Foundation in Amsterdam, Netherlands; the 10th World Triennial of Printmaking in Chamalieres, France; and A Change in the Narrative: ABSA L’Atelier Winners Exhibition, Absa Art Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa, all in 2017; the 8th International Printmaking Biennale Douro at the Museu do Douro, Peso da Regua, Portugal; and The Art of Humanity at the Rubell and Norman Schafler Gallery, Pratt Institute, New York City, USA, both in 2016; Map of the New Art at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, Italy; Back to the Future II: Abstract Art in South Africa – Past & Present at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch, South Africa; and Imago Mundi: The Art of Humanity at the Museo Carlo Bilotti in Rome, Italy, all in 2015. Ncaphayi’s work was included in Trans-Atlantic Fun-O-Pack: Print Exchange at the Edinburgh College of Arts in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2012, as well as Reclaiming Lives at the Boston Arts Academy in Boston, USA, in 2009.
Selected international art fairs include: Investec Cape Town Art Fair, FNB Joburg Art Fair, as well as a solo presentation at 1-54 Contemporary African Art (London). In 2019, SMAC will present a solo booth of new works by Ncaphayi at Art X Lagos.
Ncaphayi’s work is included in a number of important collections, including: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA; Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), Manchester, USA; School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA), Boston, USA; Thami Mnyele Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Bibliothéque Nationale de France, Paris, France; The Ampersand Foundation (TAF), London, UK; ABSA Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa; Luciano Benetton Foundation, Treviso, Italy.
Ncaphayi’s work is also up on exhibition as part of the group show, Filling in the Gaps, at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. The exhibition will run from 15 February to 31 October 2019.
Ncaphayi’s solo presentation, Of the seeking or the finding was recently on show at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa. The exhibition concluded on 5 of June 2019.
Mongezi recently won the Africa First Art Prize (AFAP) at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair. This prize includes being invited to a two-month all-inclusive residency in Israel, where he will work on his presentation for next year’s fair, which will be exhibited at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2020 VIP lounge.
Spirit’s Response | Absa Art Gallery, Johannesburg | Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), Port Elizabeth | Spin Street Gallery, Cape Town | Alliance Française Pretoria, Pretoria | Kwazulu Natal Society of the Arts (KZNSA) Gallery, Durban, South Africa | 2016
10th World Triennial of Printmaking| Galerie d’Art Contemporain de Chamalières (AMAC) | Chamalières, France | 2017
The Citizen | Benoni artist wins top prize at Investec Cape Town Art Fair | 21 February 2019 – PDF
Sesona Ngqakamba | News24 | ‘Words cannot tell how it feels’ – Gauteng artist wins top prize at Investec Cape Town Art Fair | 18 February 2019
Creative Feel | Mongezi Ncaphayi’s musically inspired ‘visual compositions’ solo exhibition | 4 February 2016 – PDF
ArtAfrica | ARTsouthAFRICA in conversation with Mongezi Ncaphayi | 13 August 2015 – PDF
Matthew Krouse | Mail & Guardian | Mongezi Ncaphayi: Striking art is his raison d’être | 26 July 2013 – PDF