Mbongeni Richman Butelezi

„Most artists can walk into a specialist art shop and purchase their requirements over the counter. Not so with Mbongeni Richman. He walks the townships, the highways and supermarkets searching for coloured plastic waste with which to create his pictures.“

My work is predominantly recycled plastics on plastic melted with hot air gun. I am interested in figurative and non–figurative subjects.

My figurative subject matter is the physical condition of township life and how this affects the way of life which is one of survival. These experiences are sometimes interpreted in a non–figurative style depicted in organic forms and shapes taken from human forms and shapes like arms, hands, torso etc. as well as landscapes. I belive both styles in my work better describes life around me and my environment.

„Well done Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi, a creative and innovative artist with a difference, an artist who uses peoples`s litter to make pictures with a difference.“


1996 born in Johannesburg/Soweto South Africa

1986-1989 Part-time Student (African Institute of Art)

1990-1992 Full-Time Course (African Institute of Art)

1993 Teacher Training Course (Johannesburg Art Foundation)

1997-1998 University of Witwatersrand (WITS)