Simphiwe Mbunyuza

Works

Simphiwe Mbunyuza, Inqoqo 2, 2019, fabric and leather on Ceramics Stoneware. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery 1957

 

Simphiwe Mbunyuza (b. 1989; Eastern Cape, South Africa) creates masterful objects and vessels combining stoneware, leather, fabric and steel. Mbunyuza’s richly textured, confounding ceramic objects are feature traditional African iconography and cultural symbols. Furthermore, to produce his work Mbunyuza uses a coiling technique that has been employed by the Xhosa people for centuries. Elegant and graphic, Mbunyuza’s forms and colors unify in his extraordinarily distinct ceramic objects.

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Born 1989, Butterworth, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Lives and works in Norman, OK

Education

2021

  • Oklahoma University, MFA (projected)

2014

  • Walter Sisulu University, B.Tech


Exhibitions

2019

  • Gallery 1957, UNTITLED, ART Miami Beach, FL
  • Imbhokodo (solo), South Willard, Los Angeles, CA
  • Home Ground, Dyman Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa

2018

  • Absolut Art Gallery, AKAA 2018, Dyman Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • 105th Annual School of Visual Arts Students Exhibition, Fred Jones Jr Museum, Oklahoma University, Norman, OK
  • ZY Creative Art Center Group Exhibition, Taiyuan, China
  • Invisible Borders, The Community College of Baltimore County, MD

2017

  • Small Objects, A.I.R Vallauris, France
  • Incokozo, Galerie Irene Hamilton, France
  • Franschhoek Annual Festival, Art in the Yard Gallery, Franschhoek, South Africa

2016

  • Franschhoek Annual Festival, Art in the Yard Gallery, Franschhoek, South Africa
  • Humanism, Absolut Art Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Intloya, Art On Church Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Mzontsundu Exhibition, Dorpstraat Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa

2015

  • Extra Ordinary, The Cape Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
  • African Rainbow, Hout Gallery, Paarl, South Africa
  • Intselo, Ithemba Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa

2014

  • WSU B-tech Expo, Ann Brayant Art Gallery, East London, South Africa


Awards and Honours

2019

  • Red Clay Faction Award, The University of Oklahoma, Fred Jones Museum, Norman, OK
  • Oscar Jacobson Award, The University of Oklahoma, Fred Jones Museum, Norman, OK
  • 2012 John Steele Award for Excellence in Ceramics, Walter Sisulu University, South Africa
  • Outstanding Achievement in Ceramics, Walter Sisulu University, East London, South Africa



Residency

2017

  • A.I.R Vallauris France

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