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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Nombeko was born and bred in the former Transkei, Eastern Cape in a small village called Tsomo. She grew up on a farm in the Kei River valley. As a child she never had a chance of owning a book or a pencil. In school she wrote on a slate or on a flat stone if the slate was broken. She used to scribble on stones, gaalboom and aloe plants. Nombeko's art passion started at a very young age when she and her cousins used to draw each other on stones and gaalboom. In her primary and high school she didn't do art as a subject. She did art as a subject when she enrolled for her diploma in Education at the college. Her love for art led her to be a Foundation Phase Art teacher. She started writing books for young kids that were later published by Oxford University Press. Nombeko isn't just an artist, but a creative writer as well each piece of her art comes with a short story. At the college Nombeko won several intercollege art competitions.
It never came to my mind at any stage of my life that one scribble would touch a heart in a way that art does. From the beginning to the end of each piece it does something to me. To me making art is a strongest feeling that I can't explain to anyone. My life as a child hasn't been smooth. Rough texture and visible lines in my work depict the feelings I have about my past. My work is a story of my life and those around me that I use to communicate my feelings, showing inventiveness and self- expression. I use my art to build bridges between myself and the rest of humanity; reuniting and recording fragments of thought, feelings, and memories; and saying things that I can't express in any other way. I have secrets just like any other human being but my art is the revelation of my life.
Nombeko has exhibited her work in Cape Town and Eastern Cape mostly in festivals and shows and in some online galleries.
Diploma in Art Education