I have been meaning to post about this for days. Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi's current exhibition Imizwa Yami, at the KZNSA is breathtaking. His work is truly incredible. He paints with a blowtorch and bits of plastic, creating monumental jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring pieces. But beyond that, he himself is a truly humble and inspiring character. Meeting him and listening to him talk at his walkabout last week was a great priviledge. He spoke about making something out of nothing, making something out of what others consider rubbish, making something of yourself, and what being an artist is all about - waking up each morning and taking one small step closer to that elusive place simply by making your art. And if you take that small step forward every day, success will take one step closer to meet you, every day. And that, he says, is guaranteed.
If he has another walkabout, I would highly recommend that everyone, artist or not, goes to hear this man speak. He truly makes you believe in the seemingly impossible. And he inspires you to believe in yourself.
His exhibition runs until 20 March. For more information click here.
Mbongeni Buthelezi during his walkabout at KZNSA