Neo Mahlangu is a designer by day and a fine artist by night. She grew up in Ga-Rankuwa, a township that is north of Pretoria, underwent a stint in BSc Medicine at the University of Pretoria, but then found her passion and purpose in creative and conceptual art. She now lives and works in Johannesburg. Her striking bodies of work are created using digital illustrations and charcoal, often experimenting with social media as an additional medium. She aims to create work that examines the tension between social media and human ego and how it is a catalyst for reflecting the nuances of human nature.
” I constantly and unfortunately spend a lot of my time on social media and often what sparks my curiosity and creativity is how it easily feeds into our wants and needs. Our want for our ego to be stroked, our need to be seen. The illustrations that I create are metaphors for the thoughts that run through my head as I scroll down my feed. “
During her time practicing fine art, she has taken part in numerous group exhibitions, has won art awards and been a finalist of the Cassirer Welz Award in 2017. Her most recent achievements have been receiving the title of one of the Design Indaba Emerging Creatives for 2018. It’s no wonder we listed her as one of our top 40 creatives under 30 to watch. She’s also been named as one of the top 10 ‘Young Gauteng’ designers by 100% Design South Africa.
She was born in Ga-Rankuwa, a township that is north of Pretoria and has undergone training practicing design to become a creative and conceptual artist. Subsequent to that, she studied BSc Medical Sciences at the University of Pretoria.
Her latest work, featured here, is an ongoing illustration of her take on social media. You can follow the developments on her Instagram account: