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Lesego Moncho

(South Africa)

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Born in 1966, Lesego is the first born of three children to Morongwa Martha Moncho, who herself was from a very artistic family of musicians and herself a crafter.

At a very early age, the artist started drawing and by the time he was ready for primary school, his art started to take root.

At first the artist wasn’t sure which genre of the arts to follow, and he began writing short stories.  Later, Lesego was interested in music but unfortunately the Cultural Centre was burnt down during the Bophuthatswana uprisings in the mid-1990’s.

In 1996 the artist started drawing and painting on full time basis and exhibited for the first time at the “Sol Plaatje Annual Art Exhibition hosted by the former University of Bophuthatswana in the same year

His work is a reflection of memories of my young beautiful rural village, which displayed earthy colourful painted murals by the village elders. That is how his love for earthy colours developed.

The figures, objects and the background of Lesego’s work are integrated to lift the spirit and bring harmony into the composition and pasting of the pigment in impasto add energy and lift the flatness mood in the work.

He finds his inspiration from his old village and from South African artists such as: Cecil Skotnes, Gerhard Sekoto, Alexis Preller, George Pemba, Irma Stern, as well as from the founder of the Cubism Movement: Pablo Picasso.

The artist has the following exhibitions to his credit:

2021: Africa Day Celebration 2021, Mmabana Taung Arts Centre.

2020: Solo: University of the North West Art Gallery.

2019: Solo: Greater Taung Local Municipality.

2018: FNB Jo’burg Art Fair, Aardklop National Arts Festival.

2017: FNB Jo’burg Art Fair, Aardklop National Arts Festival.

2016: FNB Jo’burg Art Fair, Aardklop National Arts Festival.

2015: FNB Jo’burg Art Fair, Aardklop National Arts Festival,