Esther Mahlangu (b. 1935) is part of the Ndebele community in Gauteng, located north of Pretoria, South Africa – a tribe who have managed to preserve their centuries’ old ancestral traditions. Mahlangu is the first Ndebele artist to transpose wall paintings onto canvases and to take the conventions of her artwork into the larger arena. In 1989 she went to Paris to create murals for the ‘Magiciens de la Terre’ exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou, and has undertaken further commissioned works for public buildings such as the Civic Theatre, Johannesburg, and the Kyle Kauffman Gallery, New York.

design: Julia — development: Developpando