Blessing Ngobeni portrait

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Blessing Ngobeni


Blessing Ngobeni (b. 1985, Limpopo, South Africa) . Although Ngobeni has been exhibiting his artworks since 2007, his visibility in the contemporary art scene increased  in 2012 when he joined Gallery MoMo, which facilitated his participation in noteworthy local and international projects. Some of his exhibitions during this time were In His State of Madness (2014) and As If You Care (2015).

In 2011, Ngobeni received the Reinhold Cassirer Award which afforded him a three-month residency at the Bag Factory in Fordsburg, Johannesburg. During his residency, he interacted with veteran artists David Koloane, Patrick Mautloa and Sam Nhlengethwa who further motivated his aspirations of pursuing art seriously. He also benefitted from visiting international artists; one outcome being the Emergency Exit exhibition, for which he collaborated with Nigerian artist Omega Udemba in 2012.

At the age of ten, he moved from Tzaneen to Johannesburg where, after a tumultuous decade, he entered the contemporary art scene. Bringing with him a unique style and a critique of political regimes, Ngobeni made the corruption, incompetence and duplicity of current South African ruling elite the subjects of his art. He tackled the disconcerting consequences of betraying democratic ideals, the failure to learn from historical tragedies and the expanding gap between the rich and poor. This critique is informed by Ngobeni’s own experience, the hardships and challenges he had to confront as a child and adolescent.

Ngobeni is the recipient of the Impact Award from the Arts and Culture Trust and the Reinhold Cassirer Award (2011) and has attended residencies in San Francisco (Headlands Centre for Art)and New York  as well as the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion Program and Grafikama, a graffiti workshop in France.

His notable exhibitions since 2015 have been The Song of the Chicotte (2016), Masked Reality (2017), Enemy of Foe (2018) and A Note From Error (2018) in Johannesburg, Cape Town and London. Ngobeni enjoys regular appearances at the FNB Joburg Art Fair and Investec Cape Town Art Fair.). His artworks have been also featured at the EXPO Chicago (2017 and 2018) and PULSE Miami Beach (2018) in the United States.

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Carnivals of Clouds · Contemporary Works on Paper

Janet Rady Fine Art is pleased to present Carnivals of Clouds, a group exhibition of international artists, featuring Koshiro Akiyama, Iain Andrews, Kerry Louise Bennett, Beatrice Hassell-McCosh, Yann Leto, Alice Macdonald, Lindsey Jean Mclean, Orla Murray, Blessing Ngobeni and Jade van der Mark.

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