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Malibongwe Knowledge Shangase
Born 10 April, 1983

Velobala Group 2003/2004
Bat Centre Art classes 2004/2005


Dream not, dream not, the annual Winter Solstice Exhibition, The Cape Gallery

Impressions, group exhibition at The Cape Gallery

Featured Artist at the Velobala Group Exhibition, African Art Centre, Durban

RAD exhibition at the King Shaka International airport, Durban

Black on White, African Art Centre, group exhibition
RAD exhibition at Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban
2010 Post World Cup SA Durban Host City

Gallery 415, group exhibition
Butterflies for Africa, Pietermaritzburg, group exhibition

Forces, Art Space, Durban, group exhibition
Heritage Exhibition, K 120 Art Gallery , group exhibition
Group Exhibition at the Elizabeth Gordon Gallery, Durban
Start Nivea Art, KZNSA Gallery, group exhibition
"Mandela", Elizabeth Gordon Gallery, Durban, group exhibition
Gun Free South Africa National Competition and Exhibition

Christmas Exhibition, Art Space, Durban, group exhibition
Ukufunda, solo Exhibition
Art Space, Durban, group exhibition

Gun Free South Africa, Sandton, Johannesburg, group exhibition
Margate Museum, group exhibition
Christmas Exhibition, Elizabeth Gordon Gallery, Durban, group exhibition

10 Years of Democracy, African Art Centre, Durban, group exhibition

Velobala Group, African Art Centre, Durban, group exhibition


Art residency award, Bremen, Germany

Art residency award, Bremen, Germany

Art in the Mail Competition, the Pavilion Mall, Westville, Durban

Nivea Start Award, KZNSA

Isolezwe Billboard Award

3rd Prize Gun free South Africa National Competition

Malibongwe Shangase
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Malibongwe grew up in Ntuzuma, KwaMashu, a township situated on the outskirts of Durban. He believes that his family would have preferred him following a more traditional career path, or getting what he refers to as a ‘real’ job. The art bug bit him at the age of 6 when he started drawing.  Today, he cannot imagine doing anything else, but create art. 

After completing high school, Malibongwe came across a programme about the Velobala Group outreach project, facilitated by the Durban African Art Centre. The Velobala Group provides art classes for young artists who are unable to enrol at tertiary educational facilities as a result of financial constraints.  Malibongwe attests to the fact that his teacher at that time - well known artist, Themba Shibase - was a great inspiration who taught him how to express himself in his work.  After excelling as a student at the Velobala Art Classes, Malibongwe was selected as a resident artist at the Bat Centre in Durban where he worked with master printers, such as Isaac Sithole and Ezequiel Mabote.  Today, Malibongwe spends a large amount of time sharing his knowledge and skills with the next generation of artists.

Malibongwe explains that he initially chose art for the love of it, without the expectation of earning a sustainable income from his interest.  Today, Malibongwe is a full time artist who produces works on paper in the form of woodcuts and oil pastels.  He has travelled extensively and has exhibited his work in South Africa, Switzerland and Berlin.

Malibongwe enjoys talking about his life and his interest in the community in which he lives. He often explores the theme of “what’s going on inside the houses in the township?”  His works are very expressive; following his “inner emotions”. Malibongwe credits fellow artist, Ezequiel Mabote for exposing and teaching him the technique of colour reduction.


Ink Outreach Community aft project for the youth
African Art Centre Velobala Group facilitator

Hill Grove Secondary School

Art Grant of the city of Bremen November 2013 to January 2014 Germany

Kznsa gallery 2016 group exhibition "marriage of fine art and craft"

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