Lesiba Molomo, a BTech Fine Art student at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT), won the prestigious Sculpture merit award at the national Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards in Ekhurhuleni on Saturday, 28 September.
Mr Molomo (22) who hails from Ivory Park in Tembisa has had a passion for art since high school when he used to participate in arts and culture projects: “Through art we are able to express ourselves and pursue our careers in that way,” he said.
This competition was his first entry and, to his surprise, he won. He had not thought he could compete with more established artists.
His artwork is inspired by the waste collectors (those who collect bottles and cans) in our townships.
“These people work so hard but they do not get any recognition or get taken seriously… They play an important role and they need to shine and prosper too,” he said.
The annual national Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards is a contemporary fine art competition catering to artists of all ages, producing artworks in various media. The competition stands out as one of the most unique competitions on South African soil because the rules are open to any kind of media and limitless scale which allows various forms of the artistic oeuvre to be unearthed.
It also seeks to inspire the passion that the late acclaimed resistance artist Thami Mnyele had for art.
This year’s competition saw a total of 368 entries submitted. The entered artworks are from a wide range of emerging and professional artists.
Mr Molomo can be contacted on: 072 211 7655; firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook: Lesiba Molomo
Article by: Nontobeko Zondi