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Esther Mahlangu

South African 1935- 


Dr Esther Mahlangu is a multi-award-winning visual artist, and a much loved South African cultural ambassador. She was born in 1935 and has been painting since she was 10 years old. The bold Ndebele-inspired artworks for which she is globally acclaimed grace many of the world’s most respected museums, private, public, and corporate collections. Many experts believe that any important Pan African Contemporary collection cannot be considered complete without including one of her works. 

Mahlangu grew up outside Middelburg, Mpumalanga, and learned the art of Ndebele wall painting and beadwork from her mother and grandmother. She first came to national and international prominence when she painted an installation of brightly coloured traditional geometric designs with strong black outlines for the Magiciens de la Terre (Magicians of the Earth) exhibition in Paris in 1989. She was invited to paint a design on a BMW 525i (as part of the BMW Art Car Project) in 1991 and in 2020 painted panels for a Rolls-Royce Phantom. In 2018 Mahlangu was presented with two honorary doctorates, in 2019 she was appointed an Officer of Arts and Letters which is Frances highest decoration for contribution to the arts, the Department of Arts and Culture published a book in her honour and she received an award from the United Nations in Johannesburg. She also paints her characteristic designs on canvas at a smaller scale and teaches traditional art skills to a new generation of young artists at her art school in Mabhoko, Mpumalanga.


65 lots offered      84.62% sold      R 2 444 048
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Esther Mahlangu; Ndebele Designs, two
30 Nov 2021
Current bid R 17 000
 
Esther Mahlangu; Ndebele Design (Brown and Yellow)
30 Nov 2021
Current bid R 13 000
 
Esther Mahlangu; Untitled, 2014
25 Oct 2021
Sold for R 19 933
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Esther Mahlangu; Ndebele Design
25 Oct 2021
Sold for R 32 830
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Esther Mahlangu; Hand Surgery- an Art Poster
25 Oct 2021
Sold for R 2 580
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Esther Mahlangu; Souvenir de Paris
11 Oct 2021
Sold for R 147 940
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Esther Mahlangu; Mparo (Married Woman's Beaded Blanket)
11 Oct 2021
Sold for R 108 110
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Esther Mahlangu; Untitled, 2014
11 Oct 2021
Sold for R 113 800
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Esther Mahlangu; Untitled, 2006
11 Oct 2021
Unsold
 
Esther Mahlangu; Untitled, 2016
11 Oct 2021
Sold for R 39 830
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Esther Mahlangu; Ndebele Designs, two
27 Sep 2021
Sold for R 44 555
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Esther Mahlangu; Ndebele Design III
27 Sep 2021
Sold for R 105 525
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT

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