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Visual artist Naledi Tshegofatso Modupi

Naledi Tshegofatso Modupi is a contemporary South African visual artist known for her versatility and her ability to seamlessly manoeuvre between digital art territories and traditional art mediums at a seasoned level. Her work is heavily inspired by the beauty of blackness and characteristics associated with black people. Through it she aims to inspire confidence and awaken hope in those who are able to find their reflections in her pieces, just as she sees her work as a reflection of the faces surrounding her, accompanied by a beautiful array of colours, shapes and patterns.

The three pillars that inform her artistry are ‘black is beauty’, ‘black is colour’ and ‘black is bold’. Her digital illustrations are Naledi’s attempt in reimagining blackness as a visual representation of boldness and confidence. Her work is heavily inspired by Ojibwa Odutola and Sungi Mlengeya. The interplay of blackness & vibrant colours and the use of figurative and portrait art is used to understand and interrogate racial perceptions and perspectives. Her work focuses on revisiting the black figure as the key and jewel of the narrative instead of an object to struggle and pain.

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