Ga-Rankuwa born Neo Mahlangu is an artist and designer on the rise. She’s been chosen as one of Design Indaba’s Emerging Creatives for 2018, was recently picked to show at the Absolut One Source Festival of African Creativity and was a Cassirer Welz Award finalist in 2017.
She wasn’t always an artist. In fact, she left a promising career in medical sciences to pursue her artistic skills. Her knowledge of anatomy is seen through her striking images – created using pencil, charcoal and often, a splash of acrylic paint. Ideally Mahlangu would like the viewers to take a moment when they look at her art and consider taking a break from all of the technology and apps that steal our time and identity to connect with the things that really matter the most. Mahlangu is currently at Umuzi PhotoClub where she is focussing on Design. She has taken part in various group exhibitions and currently works from a studio in August House..
Going through her body of work one finds painfully detailed drawings depicting relationships with social media – and often the toxicity that can develop through understanding human relationships through technology. Currently, she completed Womxn Commemoration Project – a series spreading love and affirming sisterhood and ambition.