Xhanti Mpakama

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Xhanti grew up in South Africa close to where Nelson Mandela was born.

He soon showed a natural artistic talent being keen on sculpturing from an early age.

 

Much of his inspiration comes from the environment of his youth. This was influenced by the annual migration of men to the gold mines which often caused great hardship to the women and children left at homeWith names like Smoking Grandmother, Mother and Child, African Man and Shepherd Boy.

 

Xhanti’s memories and imaginative ideas are brought to life in sculptures that are both beautiful and sensitive to his heritage.

Xhanti began sculpting as a young boy, making figurines from clay.

 

Today, he is mentored by Warren Knight of Sculpture Casting Services. Xhanti designs his work in clay or wax, which is then cast in bronze. His art is available from selected outlets, and he exhibits regularly.

 

One of his first sculptures - an old man bearing a load of worries on his shoulders - is displayed in the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum.

Xhanti now lives and works in Asanda Village, Nomzamo - a township in the Helderberg Basin, near Cape Town.