Mongezi Ncaphayi, Astral Earth, 2017, Mixed media, India ink and watercolour on Cotton Rag, 170 x 130 cm. Courtesy SMAC Gallery
Mongezi Ncaphayi, Astral Earth, 2017, Mixed media, India ink and watercolour on Cotton Rag, 170 x 130 cm. Courtesy SMAC Gallery  

Mongezi Ncaphayi creates gestural works on paper by combining traditional printmaking techniques with painting and drawing methods. Following the completion of a Diploma in Art and Design at the Ekurhuleni East College, Benoni and a printmaking course at the Artist Proof Studio, Johannesburg, Ncaphayi obtained a Certificate in Advanced Studies from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

In 2011, Ncaphayi received the Ampersand Foundation Fellowship and in 2013, he received the Absa L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award, taking up residency at the Cite Internationale Des Arts in Paris. Most recently, he has shown work at the 8th International Printmaking Biennial of Douro 2016, Peso da Regua, Portugal. In late 2016 he presented his solo exhibition, Journey to the One at SMAC Gallery, Johannesburg and in 2017, presented another large-scale solo exhibition at SMAC Gallery, Cape Town.