Mpumelelo Melane

b. 1962, New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Mpumelelo Melane is a sculptor, who carved wooden figures in his spare time while working in posts as a labourer. After receiving chisels and some career advice from a man called Tom Ungerer in the 1980s, Melane joined Imvaba Association, and later went to Cape Town, where he trained at the Community Arts Project (CAP). Melane’s sculptures are largely portraits and figurative representations of people.


1990: Training Art Course for cultural workers, Community Arts Project, Cape Town.
1988: Imvaba Arts Association.
1980s: Fine Arts, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth (incomplete)

Group Exhibitions (South Africa)

1992: Visual Arts Group travelling exhibition, Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town, Cape Town.
1992: Grahamstown Arts Festival, Grahamstown.

Group Exhibitions (International)

1990: Touring exhibition, United Kingdom and Denmark.


2003 - 2005: Art Facilitator, Siyaya Centre for Young Arts
1990: Delegate, Zabalaza Festival, London [Created mural at the Institute of Contemporary Arts with other South African delegates (among them Thami Jali, Sophie Peters, Louise Almon, Helen Sebidi).]