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Esther Mahlangu

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Esther Mahlangu (Born in 1935) is a South African artist.

This strong traditional art of Esther Mahlangu amazed me and I found an interesting article about her and her art work:

“In the tradition of the Ndebele,EstherĀ  Mahlangu was taught how to paint by her grandmother and mother at the age of 10…

Though grounded in tradition, in the course of her work Mahlangu began to evolve, elaborate and innovate on the traditional designs and techniques. She engaged with the economics of the art industry, both to develop and reinforce her roots. She began to transpose these on canvas and other material to appeal to a wider audience. In this process she broke new ground, popularised her work and in turn, was challenged by artistic counter influences…

Today Mahlangu’s work is represented in private, corporate and public galleries around the world. Her village home in Mpumalanga is inundated with visitors from around the world, keen to explore her complex approach to wall decoration.”


  1. Christine wrote:

    Wow! Beautiful!

    Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 10:09 am | Permalink
  2. John Ryan wrote:

    I really like Esther Mahlangu’s work and I’m interested in the combination of a traditional African art made within the context of the Western model of art making. I am writing a paper about this and would really appreciate any extra information.


    Monday, November 15, 2010 at 8:45 am | Permalink

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