Lwando’s art grabs top spot

2016-07-07 06:00
Lwando Lese is making waves in art. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Lwando Lese is making waves in art. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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An aspiring visual, fine and graphic design artist from Khayelitsha is determined to take his work to the greater heights.

Lwando Lese, 26, of Site B, will stop at nothing to see his dream of becoming an internationally recognised artist.

He grabbed an opportunity to paint three artworks on the wall of Cobles Den store, on Parow Station Road, which is linked with Voortrekker Road, with both hands and produced an irresistible artwork, in May.

This came after Dream Fuel, which is his mentor company, pointed him as the artist to paint the art which was commissioned by the City of Cape Town together with Tygerberg municipality.

The theme for the art is about celebrating diversity.

Lese has since quite his work where he worked for PowerPoint Services, about nine months ago.

“I quite my work, because I realised that I have a talent in art. I want to focus on it. I want to do exhibitions for my work around November. People love my art and it flies when I sell it. I am under pressure now, because I do not want to sell my art as I want to exhibit it,” Lese said.

Lese fell in love with painting at the age of 13 when he was still a learner at Chumisa Primary School.

He then moved to Chris Hani Arts and Culture High School to per sue his dream of becoming a visual artist.

He then enrolled at Frank Joubert Art Centre, in Claremont.

Lese also polished his work with more skill at Tygerberg Art Centre and also Cape College where he did a diploma in Fine Art Ceremic, Graphic Design and Photography.

He also studied Fine Art, Mosaic, Business Skills and History of Art and Modelling at Spier Arts Academy.

Lese is mentored by Percy Baitley and Ricky Lee Gordon, a self-taught artist whose work is displayed in big cities all over the world.

Lese started with printing T-shirts.

He can be contacted via his Facebook pages, Art Heart, Lulwando WanD Lirsse, Lu_Poy@Twitter, or his blog Lulwando Lesse.

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