Versatile artist working in various mediums and master etcher
Avashoni Mainganye is a prolific and versatile artist who sees potential for expression in many forms and mediums. His friends calls him Shoni for short.
Avhashoni was born in Venda in 1957. After completing a 2-year course at Rorke’s Drift Art & Craft Centre, his main subjects were lino printing and watercolour painting. He later developed painting in general and sculpture due to the influence of the VhaVenda practicing sculptures in the area. Nowadays his art activities include painting (with watercolour, acrylic and oils), sculpture (wood, metal, plaster, stone), printmaking (lino, etching, screen), collage, drama, poetry and photography.
National and international exposure
Avashoni organised various exhibitions in South Africa, and founded the VhaVenda Art Foundation. He participated in a broad range of events, workshops and traveled to Zimbabwe, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium and the USA to teach his art forms. He ran a sculpture workshop at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival under the theme “Craft Art”. He was also invited by the Grahamstown Art Festival Committee to conduct the craft/art sculpture workshop with Graham Jones.
Avashoni has been running his own art classes for students in the Thohoyandou Arts and Culture Centre since 1999. Many of the now well-known artists in the area were taught and instructed by Shoni and he is instrumental in helping them to develop, promote and market their works.
Shoni see sculpting mediums everywhere, this stone picked up close to his home
Avhashoni Mainganye the leader and teacher of many Thohoyandou artists – part of his studio in Thohoyandou here
Avhawhoni Mainganye’s work in clay
Avhashoni is fond of collages and intricate lines
Shoni with one of his unfinished paintings
One of Shoni’s stone sculptures. He also sculpts in metal.
Avhashoni Mainganye is a master etcher
Source of most of the text: Erika Hauff-Cramer
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