DR. Esther Mahlangu Ndebele Artist

Renowned South African fine artist, Dr. Esther Mahlangu recently sat down with revered TV presenter and cultural figure Scoop Makhathini for an exciting interview. The interview is part of Scoop and the website Slikour On Life‘s web series Catching Waves.

Dr. Esther Mahlangu (born 11 November 1935) is a South African artist from the Ndebele nation.

DR. Esther Mahlangu Ndebele Artist
Esther Mahlangu, Market Theatre, Johannesburg, Image: ©Siphosihle Mkhwanazi

 She is known for her bold large-scale contemporary paintings that reference her Ndebele heritage. Dr. Esther Mahlangu was conferred with an honourary doctorate (Philosophiae Doctor honoris causa) by the University of Johannesburg, 9 April 2018.

Dr. Mahlangu tells the story of how she got into art at the age of 10, and how she got her big breakthrough French tourists, among other stories. She also mentions that she’s not picky about who she works with— “All of them are important,” she says.

Dr. Esther Mahlangu is one of the most respected artists in South Africa. She is known for her colorful geometric Ndebele art that has appeared on items by brands such as BMW, Belvedere, Albany, and a whole lot.

Watch the conversation between Scoop and Dr Mahlangu below:

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