Bongani Tshabalala

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Bongani Tshabalala is a young south African multimedia artist, born and raised in Welkom, Free state. He is currently completing his third year in Mechanical Engineering at the Central University of Technology. In 2019 he won the public vote for the New Breed Art Competition at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum with his two striking photographs titled ‘Hidden Pain’ and ‘Deeper into the Soul’.

Tshabalala’s work is mostly inspired by things around him and his feelings play a huge role when he is creating. He believes that art is meant to touch people's souls and anything that is real will always make an impact in somebody's life. He focuses mostly on things society won’t talk about, things that people ran away from in the hope that his images challenge people's feelings. In his photographs, Tshabalala tries to capture the real personalities of people .

Bongani Tshabalala's artistic interests align with his love for fashion and content creation. He is also a local fashion influencer and has worked with brands like Jonathan D, Cutty Africa, Kimono Africa amongst others.