A Visual Feast

What we love most about Nando’s Art Initiative is that it nurtures Southern African talent in a meaningful way, with developmental programmes that enable more than 320 artists to pursue full-time artistic careers.

At Nando’s we take pride in our South African roots and are passionate about globally showcasing our local talent. We hope that our growing collection of over 17 000 original artworks, which bring beauty and inspiration to more than 1 000 Nando’s in 24 countries worldwide, do the same for you.

 

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The Latest Modern Gesture at NEXT18

We chat to Candice Lawrence as she reveals two striking new lights inspired by African jewellery on exhibition till Sunday at NEXT18.

Tulsha Booysen’s CanBeam Installation

The CanBeam light was designed by then schoolgirl Tulsha Booysen in response to the brief for the Nando’s Hot Young Designer Talent Search.

Sandile ‘Ashar’ Mhlongo: Articulating his life story

Sandile ‘Ashar’ Mhlongo’s paintings articulate his life story – one of personal struggle, strong family ties, and friendships. His mission as an artist is to express the lives of his community, where crime, poverty, and hopelessness are a reality in a context of very little money and the fear of […]

Thabisa Mjo: Don’t mess with my Tutu 2.0

Thabisa Mjo of Mash T Design studio has been blazing big guns since she won Nando’s Hot Young Designer Talent Search for her Tutu 2.0 light in 2015. Honours for this design include prestigious awards from 100% Design SA and Design Foundation, and invitations to exhibit at international design fairs […]

Fikile Mqhayi: Souls and Shoes

Worn and found shoes serve as metaphor for the human soul as this artist from Delft grapples with life.

Lindile Magunya: A combination of contrasts

His refusal to ignore the everyday issues of poverty, discrimination, injustice and political uncertainty that surround him, coupled with his frustration with society fuel this Mfuleni artist’s process of creating mixed-media work on metal sheets.

Boyce Magandela: The warmth of blankets as subject and canvas

The latest body of work by artist Boyce Magandela celebrates the warmth, strength, power, and beauty of women.

Emma Nourse: experimenting with transparency, shadow and multiple layering

Artworks created by Emma Nourse for the recent Moving Still group exhibition shift and change as light moves through their translucent materials, casting a constantly moving sub-work of shadows. We catch up with her as the exhibition comes to an end.

Six mega-hot large-scale collaborative installations in Nando’s in 2017

Nando’s is known for putting their PERi-power behind Southern African art and design, using their restaurants worldwide to globally celebrate the wealth of incredible talent in our country, while making a difference to the lives of Southern African artists and designers with whom Nando’s loves to collaborate. 1) Nando’s Oxford, […]

Emalie Bingham: an awkwardly beautiful adventure of deconstruction and reconstruction

The thoughtfully incisive journey of artist Emalie Bingham continues in her most recent body of work that explores the deconstruction and reconstruction of her continually evolving paradigms, experience and patterns of thought.

Elsabé Milandri: intuition, uncertainty and wilful abandon

The tension between skill and immediacy brings a poetic sense of adventure to two exhibitions that recently featured work by this prolific Cape Town artist.

Catch the Nando’s Creative Exchange at Cape Town’s AVA Gallery

The AVA Gallery in Cape Town presents two group exhibitions in collaboration with Nando’s and the Spier Arts Trust.

Moving Still: group exhibition opening tonight at Cape Town’s AVA Gallery

Nando’s Creative Exchange programme administered by Spier Arts Trust culminates in an exciting two-part exhibition opening tonight at Cape Town’s AVA Gallery.

Assemblage: Cape Town’s AVA Gallery opens doors for group exhibition tonight

Assemblage, one of two concurrent exhibitions opening at AVA Gallery sees four artists from Mfuleni, Mitchell’s Plain and Delft collaborate on group show.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair 2017

Four emerging South African artists including Henk Serfontein, Marlise Keith, Patrick Bongoy and Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi present works at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair.

Eyethu means ‘It is ours’: documenting Jozi’s street art scene

Street Art Stories documents the rise of Joburg’s street art scene through the eyes of sub-culture filmmaker King ADZ in collaboration with local street artist Karabo Poppy Moletsane.

Nando’s transforms Soho space into next-level pop-up gallery

From VR headsets to beadwork interpretations of art, Nando’s celebrates its passion for Southern African creativity with new pop-up gallery.

Nando’s Artists Society: Doing good while doing business

At the 29th annual Loeries Awards, Nando’s Artists Society took home a Silver Loerie in the Shared Value category.

Quentin Edward Williams: Movement and its limitation within an environment

Artist Quentin Edward Williams talks us through his latest solo project of paintings, drawings and installation.

Wrap Up: Bashu Uhuru Freedom Fest 2017

The Jozi crowds turned up decked out in their hottest threads and shimmied to amazing live local music backed up by art, design, and fashion at Constitution Hill last weekend. We were there at 2017’s hottest celebration of creative freedom. Bashu Uhuru Freedom Fest sponsored by Nando’s It began on […]

Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival: Emcee Gigi LaMayne talks challenging hip hop norms

Rapper Gigi LaMayne discusses the challenges of being a woman in hip hop ahead of her performance at this weekend’s Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival.

Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival: Musician Nonku Phiri pays respect to the youth of 1976

Ahead of this weekend’s Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival in partnership with Nando’s, we catch up with singer-songwriter Nonku Phiri.

Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival: Rapper Dope Saint Jude talks complexities of expressing freely

Ahead of this weekend’s Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival in partnership with Nando’s, we catch up with Cape Town emcee Dope Saint Jude.

Kilmany-Jo Liversage makes global feminist statement and honours the life of Nokuphila Kumalo

We speak with artist Kilmany-Jo Liversage about her global works, and her triptych dedicated to late sex worker, Nokuphila Kumalo. Read the QnA here.

Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi’s portraits contemplate the idea of the South African hero

Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi’s ‘Heroes’ series is about complicating the idea of who and what a hero is. Read our interview with the artist here.

Cinga Samson paints ‘a young man that is desirable in his own sense’

We speak to Cape Town-based artist Cinga Samson about the young man in ‘Diced Pineapples’ and what it’s like to be working on a new solo in Umtata.

‘The heart wants to do what the heart wants to do’ – a QnA with Dion Cupido

We speak with Cupido about his first large-scale installation for Nando’s Orpington and his latest solo exhibition.

Xolile Mtakatya goes gloriously abstract

Since his days as a detained political activist, Xolile Mtakatya has grown and grown as an artist. We speak to him about his process and career so far.

The journey of Nkoali Nawa – from miner to artist

We caught up with Nkoali Nawa, miner turned artist, to speak about his artistic process, his journey so far and his work with the Nando’s Art Initiative.

In Studio with Karen Cronje

Karen Cronje made the huge leap to becoming a full-time artist just three years ago. We catch up with her ahead of her solo exhibition, Surface Tension.

In Studio with Swain Hoogervorst

Artist Swain Hoogervorst stumbled into a tropical jungle in Central America in 2012 and attributes the roots of his botanical abstracts to this experience. Read our interview with the artist.

Tamlin Blake reflects on ‘Drilling for Water’ in drought stricken Riebeek West

In ‘Drilling for Water’, Tamlin speaks out about water scarcity issues in a series of beautifully abstract Half Squares. Read our interview with the artist.

Frans Smit merges portraiture and street art through stylised oil paintings

Playing around with colour and texture, the artist’s focus is mainly on portraiture and still lifes, which blends in a degree of abstract.

Liza Grobler: Life in full colour

Ahead of her exhibition ‘No More Worlds to Conquer’ we take a look at Liza Grobler’s immersive sculptural work ‘Barbed Wire Paradise’.

Lizette Chirrime at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair | London

Lizette Chirrime’s fabric collages are inspired by her relationship with water and the feminine. We spoke with her about Mozambique, art and healing, and her new works.

Kagiso Patrick Mautloa at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair | London

With a keen eye for the city and all of its debris, Pat Mautloa uses unique materials in his work. We spoke to the artist about mediums, mask making and more.

Regi Bardavid at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair | London

We speak to the abstract painter about painting large, living and painting by chance, and her experience of the recent 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair.

Maurice Mbikayi at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair | London

We spoke to the cross-disciplinary artist about tech and fashion as a form of resistance and his participation at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair.

Audrey Anderson: An artist and her city

From daily taxi commutes to the pockets of nature squeezed between Jo’burg’s urban spaces, Audrey Anderson’s art is inspired by the city she lives in.

How the Nando’s Chicken Run is helping artists make it full-time

In this Loeries Gold and Grand Prix-winning initiative, a team of art lovers hop in a car and visit different studios in search of remarkable art.

Dreaming and feeling with Lizette Chirrime

Fabric, scales, animal fur and human hair all find their way into the symbolic works of this Mozambican artist who dreams of being a mermaid.

Elize Vossgatter: The conservationists dream and other magical secrets

Cape Town artist Elize Vossgatter on painting backwards and with her eyes closed, choice, thriving on contradictions, and work that speaks of our unnatural relationship with the natural environment.

Emalie Bingham is drawing hundreds of tigers, rabbits and tortoises

‘Elementary Wisdom’ is a new body of work by artist Emalie Bingham that features inseparable layers of process and concept, with painstaking detail that is fantastically liberating.

Zemba Luzamba on how the unbanning of suits in the Congo awoke the artist in him

Intrigued by what people show on the surface, Zemba Luzamba’s oil paintings play with what he sees vs what’s really going on.

Kilmany-Jo Liversage on sell-out exhibitions and counting her blessings

Wherever she shows, she makes big waves. Kilmany-Jo Liversage, aka ORDA, speaks to us about the evolution of her style, globetrotting, and the give and take of site-specific installations.

Khaya Sineyile Jika Jikas from Nyanga to Doha and back

Self-taught artist Khaya Sineyile shares the colours, textures and experiences of his journey of discovery creating artwork for the Nando’s Qatar Jika Jika exhibition held at the Souk Waqif Art Centre in the heart of a bustling market in Doha.

Jika Jika exhibition in Doha, Qatar celebrates South African creativity

A collaboration between the South African Department of Art and Culture, Nando’s and the South African Embassy in Qatar saw the opening of the Jika Jika exhibition in Doha, Qatar.

16 Creative Blocks to inspire the art collector in you for 2016

South Africa’s best-kept art secret, Creative Blocks, offers access to artworks by established and emerging artists at a standard and affordable price.

Watch: Inside the Broken Monsters Charity Art Show, Brought to You by Nando’s

Nando’s recent hosting of the Broken Monsters Charity Art Show in Cape Town and Johannesburg was a big, beautiful, generous success.

Affordable Art That Gives More: 1 Artwork = 150 Storybooks for Kids

Tonight is the Joburg opening of the Broken Monsters Charity Art Show sponsored by Nando’s, and you’re invited.

Coming Up: Nando’s Broken Monsters Charity Art Show

Pages torn from Lauren Beukes’ latest novel ‘Broken Monsters’ have been transformed into imaginative artworks to raise funds for local NGO Book Dash.

Featured: Qubeka Bead Studio Shines at 1:54 Art Fair in London

Incredible South African fine art beading studio Qubeka Bead Studio wowed visitors at last week’s 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London.

Nando’s Chicken Run’s off with BASA Award for Increasing Access to the Arts

For this unconventional art sourcing initiative, a curator and her team head off on a monthly ‘chicken run’ in search of pieces for the Nando’s Art Collection.

Featured: Liza Grobler Creates a Half Square Rainbow for Nando’s in Chicago

Liza Grobler recently returned from installing ‘Honeydew’, a 2.6 x 5.15 m Half Square installation at Nando’s West Loop in Chicago’s Gallery District.

Art and Design Shine At The New Nando’s Maponya Mall Concept Store

The new Nando’s concept store in Maponya Mall stitched together vibrant threads of local creativity, generosity and heritage that reflect its surroundings.

Doing Good While Doing Good Business | Nando’s Art Initiative is named a Loeries Ubuntu Award Finalist

The Nando’s Arts Initiative is an Ubuntu Award finalist at the Loeries.

Featured: Maurice Mbikayi Creates Thoughtful Beauty from Junk Tech

Striking at first glance, Maurice Mbikayi’s artworks become even more intriguing as you discover they’re made from fragments of thrown-away technology.

Featured: Artist John Murray Gets Abstract Momentum

We catch up with John Murray about what his portrait and abstract work has in common, his process of “action and reaction”, and about being restless and constantly thinking of different ways to paint.

Featured: Urban Life in Ink on Wood by Audrey Anderson

We catch up with artist Audrey Anderson on city pace versus internal perspective and on her gradual personal discovery of the Joburg CBD and how it has allowed her the freedom to choose a direction and destination.

Featured: Giant Graffiti-Style Portraits by Kilmany-Jo Liversage

Artist Kilmany-Jo Liversage’s current focus is on large-scale, graffiti-style portraiture. We take a closer look at her distinctive style, her predominantly female subject matter, and her unique process of “ordered mark-making”.

Art Art Art at the new Nando’s Central Kitchen

The Nando’s Central Kitchen is a bright and dynamic, multifunctional space with a uniquely South African urban feel, furnished and decorated with work by over 50 local artists and furniture designers.

Translating a Painting into Mosaic in Residency at Constitution Hill

Apprentices from the Spier Arts Academy Mosaic Studio in residence at the Nando’s Rites and Duties exhibition at Constitution Hill, Braamfontein, paused between the beats to snap shots of their mosaic interpretation of ‘Small Township’, by one of South Africa’s foremost painters Ricky Ayanda Dyaloyi.

A Tour of the Nando’s ‘Rites and Duties’ Exhibition

This video tour of the Nando’s ‘Rites and Duties’ exhibition at Constitution Hill asks the artists and curators to elaborate on the subject of freedom and to contextualise the show.

A Sneak Peek Into the Nando’s ‘Rites and Duties’ Exhibition at Constitution Hill

Freedom Day is just around the corner and Nando’s is getting into the spirit of things with ‘Rites and Duties’, their first-ever exhibition of African art.

Are You Nando’s Hot Young Designer 2015?

As part of their ongoing celebration of South African art and design, Nando’s launches the Nando’s Hot Young Designer 2015 competition.

The Nando’s Accidental Art Project on Video

[youtube]http://youtu.be/6XVeK4diL8s[/youtube]   In July Nando’s launched the Accidental Art (#WDC522) project and announced their plans to install two large-scale site-specific public artworks in Cape Town. Nando’s has been a supporter of local contemporary art since 2001, when they launched their Global Art Initiative. Their impressive art collection now hosts over […]

A Pop-up Instawalk by Nando’s Accidental Art

In the spirit of taking art into the streets and onto the walls of the Mother City the Nando’s Accidental Art initiative have planned an pop-up Instawalk route through Cape Town for today only.

Featured: Liza Grobler | Nando’s Accidental Art Project

  Artist Liza Grobler dabbles in a diverse range of mediums, embracing bright colour and incorporating traditional craft techniques to create site-specific artworks. Her impressive portfolio includes everything from performance art, drawing and painting to crochet, beading and weaving. She’s done 11 solo exhibitions and her latest one titled Blindfolded Line, Dancing Through […]

Nando’s Accidental Art Project | An Interview with the Half Square team

  The Half Square project, directed by Yellowwoods Art, aims to connect local artists and designers with skilled ceramic artisans to design and produce beautifully impressive large-scale ceramic installations made up of their signature handmade, hand coloured triangular tiles. So far the Half Square team have collaborated with Heather Moore, Doreen […]

8 South African Artworks and Installations in Nando’s Restaurants Around the World

Nando’s have come a long way since they opened their first restaurant in Johannesburg in 1987, but one thing is sure – they haven’t forgotten their roots. In 2001 Nando’s started their Global Arts Initiative in support of local artists, and they now have an impressive collection of over 7500 original pieces […]

Nando’s Accidental Art Project | An Interview with mural artists Colossal Media

  As part of their Accidental Art project which is aimed at taking art onto the streets, Nando’s flew Colossal Media from the US to Cape Town to translate one of local artist Xolile Mtakatya’s pieces onto a mural. Colossal is renowned for their precise hand-painted murals and outdoor advertisements, and the Accidental Art mural […]

Featured: Xolile Mtakatya | Nando’s Accidental Art Project

  Local artist Xolile Mtakatya first began drawing on the walls of the prison cells where he was detained for political activism. Now, almost 30 years later, he is a well established artist with over 200 pieces in Nando’s restaurants and offices around the world. He’s been involved in the Nando’s Artist […]

Introducing: Nando’s Accidental Art Project

  This month, as part of the World Design Capital 2014 celebrations, Nando’s launches Accidental Art (#WDC522), a project aimed at making art accessible to everybody by taking it into the streets and onto the walls of the Mother City. Nando’s has an impressive collection of over 7500 original pieces by South […]