b. 1965, Bishop Lavis, Cape Town, South Africa; lives in Khayelitsha.
Shepherd Mbanya was born in Bishop Lavis on the northern outskirts of Cape Town, but was raised in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape. Mentored by Isaac Makeleni, Mbanya’s evocative sculptures and paintings use narrative forms to communicate his often critical views on contemporary issues.
Mbanya is a largely self-taught artist.
"Mbanya applies a range of visual idioms, often within the same work, ranging from the lifelike to the abstract, the literal to the conceptual... Mbanya is strongly invested in narrative as a means of articulating and communicating his views on contemporary issues. His position is often boldly critical of power and politics, giving voice to dispossessed communities whose visions of a brighter future remain clouded by unfulfilled promises."
- Mario Pissarra
Group Exhibitions (South Africa)
2013: Invocation, The Cape Gallery, Cape Town.
2012: Siyakubona. The Cape Gallery, Cape Town.
2012: Turn Around Time: Annual Winter Solstice Exhibition, The Cape Gallery, Cape Town.
2011: 20 Years: Thami Mnyele Foundation, Thami Mnyele Foundation, Amsterdam.
2011: Continuum: Annual Winter Solstice Exhibition, The Cape Gallery, Cape Town.
2007: africa south, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town.
2005: Encompass, Cape Gallery, Cape Town.
1996: Sculptors in Wood, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town.
1992: Unidentified gallery, Stellenbosch.
1992 - 1993: Made in Wood: Work from the Western Cape, South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
1991: Visual Arts Group travelling exhibition, Zolani Centre, Nyanga East; Manenberg Peoples Centre and Uluntu Centre, Guguletu; Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town.
1991: South African Association of Arts, Cape Town.
Thami Mnyele Foundation, Netherlands.
Sanlam Art Collection, Cape Town.
2003: Chris Ledochowski, Cape Flats Details, South African History Online, Cape Town.
1992: Made in Wood: Work from the Western Cape, South Africa National Gallery, Cape Town.