Online-Only Auction, 16 - 23 August 2021

About the Session

The 2021 RMB Talent Unlocked programme, funded by the FirstRand Foundation, selected 12 outstanding women artists for a rigorous skills enhancement, mentorship, and career development process culminating in an exhibition at Circa Gallery, Johannesburg (on until 21 August). The proceeds of the auction benefit the artists.

Sold for

Lot 53
  • Nombuso Dowelani; Ntombiyombuso
  • Nombuso Dowelani; Ntombiyombuso
  • Nombuso Dowelani; Ntombiyombuso

Lot Estimate
R 10 000 - 15 000
Selling Price

About this Item

South African 2000-
signed and dated 21; signed on the reverse
acrylic and gold leaf on canvas
120 by 90 by 5cm, unframed


The artist explains that 'Ntombiyombuso' is a take on "the iconic figure of a Madonna, what a black Madonna living in South Africa would look like."

Nombuso Dowelani was one of 12 outstanding artists selected for the 2021 RMB Talent Unlocked career development programme, funded by the FirstRand Foundation:

"The affirmations from the women in my life breathed life into my visual art."

With women visual artists currently under-represented, it was decided to make them the focus of the 2021 programme. The participating artists were involved in a rigorous skills development and mentorship process, addressing professional practice and guiding the development of a comprehensive body of work. Artists also received individual critique and feedback from established art mentors and peers, engaging them in in-depth coaching sessions on writing, career advancement, marketing, personal finance and sustainable business.

“The programme was developed by RMB to empower South African artists and raise their profile and prospects of prosperity,” says RMB Chief Marketing Officer Alison Badenhorst. “It naturally dovetails with our longstanding commitment to helping stimulate and support Africa’s vibrant and resourceful creative economy.”

RMB’s Talent Unlocked programme has extended across a diverse range of art platforms, enabling and showcasing local arts talent for the past two decades.


Circa Gallery, Johannesburg, RMB Talent Unlocked, 7 to 21 August, 2021.

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