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ASHAR SANDILE MHLONGO
Born 6th December, 1976 Cape Town
 

Anthony Sandile Mhlongo (Ashar),South African, Xhosa. Ashar was born in Langa near Cape Town, He grew up in Gugulethu, where from a very young age his interest in art propelled him forward to where he is today.

Having studied in 1996 through Community Arts Project (CAP) in Woodstock, Cape Town, he further developed his foundation within the arts. Ashar, has since, maintained his commitment and belief in his work, determined to practice it everyday.

Ashar tackles the issues of our society and the effect it has on our children. However, he certainly doesn't paint a gloomy picture. His works are bright and full of life -expressive of the landscape, illustrating the daily experiences of the people around him.

Biography

Attended Mseki Primary School in Cape Town and a Secondary School in the Sisckei in the years 1989 – 1993, returning Fezeka a high school in NY2 in 1993.

Eric Mhlongo, Ashar’s father was an artist who made a living in the bricklaying industry.

2003 -2005
Ashar participated in Community Arts Workshops facilitated by Robert Robson at The Castle. He participated in group exhibitions held by Truworths and several galleries including The Cape Gallery.

Asked what motivates him to paint Ashar mentions that he enjoys painting settlements and landscape. More recently he has been looking at family groups. He says:

“When I look. My mother is the one that raises the children looking for better things for them. My father struggles to put bread on the table. The children – they grow to be something tomorrow. I wish my art can be seen all over the communities to expose the life I live. I am working in the Castle for Joe Qhabi’s project – making woodcuts, some mosaic work and welding a tree as part of a collaborative project for the new station in Philippi ..”

More recently Ashar has painted small canvasses of the settlement areas, objective observations with a good understanding of colour, perspective and composition.

EXHIBITIONS

2012
Siyakubona, group exhibition at The Cape Gallery

ashar mhlongo

Artist: ASHAR MHLONGO
Title: My Mother II
Size: 39 x 46 cm
Media: Acrylic
Price: R 3 500 Framed
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