Esther Mahlangu Is Keeping Africa’s Ndebele Painting Alive

ARTSY | Marina Cashdan:

Esther Mahlangu’s presence is striking, like her art. The 80-year-old South African artist wears the traditional dress of her Ndebele heritage: thick, beaded necklaces; gold bangles, chokers, and ankle bracelets; patterned head adornments stitched together from hundreds of beads; and voluminous textiles in vibrant colors wrapped around her body. She could step right into one of her vivid murals or wall-size paintings, which similarly stop you in your tracks… Read more

Image: Esther Mahlangu in front of her house in Middelburg, province of Mpumalanga, South Africa, 2016. Photo courtesy of BMW