Imbali self-taught artist dreams big

2018-03-21 06:01

WHEN he was growing up he used to draw cars as a hobby, but now the 22-year-old from Imbali Unit 14 dreams of designing a BMW car one day.

Nkanyiso Madondo, who uses pencil to draw, recently designed money with struggle icons.

Madondo said this is his way of trying to keep the history of South Africa alive in the growing generation.

“I want to show that there are other icons who were fighting together with Nelson Mandela during the struggle. I think it will be a good idea if these freedom fighters can also feature on our money just like Mandela.”

Madondo said he started recognised his talent of drawing when he was in Grade 10.

“There were pupils who were canvassing to be our leaders at school and my friend was one of them. He asked me to draw him and surprisingly, I did an amazing job. Everyone started to ask me to draw for them and applauded my drawing talent.

“I always think out [of] the box and I want to be unique.”

He said there was a time when he felt like giving up because he thought the only drawings that matter are the ones which are done using paint.

“In 2014 I attended The Witness [Hilton] Arts Festival ... and I thought that the drawings that people love most are those that are painted. I gave up because I saw that I will never make it because I am using a pencil. In December 2017 Samukelo Gasa who is from Pietermaritzburg won a BIC Art competition and I was inspired to start over again.

“I am not going to look back now. I want to design a BMW car and nothing is going to stop me [from] achieving that. It has always been my dream to design it.”

To see some of Madondo’s drawings visit his Facebook Page: Nkanyiso Jason Madondo.

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