Elvis Bonginkosi Mkhize

‘Bonginkosi’ means worship the Lord. Elvis was born in Hammarsdale outside of Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal in 1983. His now lives with his family at Mpophomeni, outside Howick.

He joined Ardmore in February 2011, shows great promise as a painter and designs plans for houses in his spare time.

He says: “I like to paint in a realistic style as I am inspired by nature – South Africa’s beautiful animals, flowers and plants.”

Says Fée Halsted: “Elvis is a very quiet and sensitive man who under the tutelage of Wiseman and Siyabonga will excel as a painter at Ardmore.”

For the ‘Just So Crocodiles and Other Curiosities Exhibition’ in Hyde Park in 2013 Elvis painted Quiniso Mmungwe’s Leopard Tureen which stole the show.

For the ‘Herds of Africa’ exhibition in 2014 he painted a magnificent Warthog Tureen.

Exhibitions

2012


‘Ardmore Aviary’Cellars- Hohenot, Cape Town

2013


Pascoe & Co.West Palm Beach, Florida, United States

‘Monkeys and Magnolias’Patrick Mavros, London

African Trade FairJapan

Fyn Arts FestivalHermanus, Western Cape

Garrey Isabelle TurquinParis, France

Journes Des CeramiquesParis, France

Ardmore in CanadaRidgefield, Canada

'Animal Stories'Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada

Watershed ArtworksDelta, Canada

Naada FiareJohannesburg

'Just so Crocodiles and Other Curiosities’Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

Creel and GowNew York

'Safari Week'Patrick Mavros, London

Patrick MavrosZimbabwe

2014


Ed PascoeFlorida, United States

'Great Herds of Africa'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

‘Great Herds of Africa’Patrick Mavros, London

‘Inspired by the Ocean’Hermanus, Western Cape

‘Birds of Africa'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

‘Great Herds’Patrick Mavros, Nairobi, Kenya

‘Birds of Africa’Patrick Mavros, Harare, Zimbabwe

2015


WMODA, Pascoe and Co.Florida, United States

'Animal Botanical'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

'Animal Botanical'Patrick Mavros, London

'Parrots and Pomegranates'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

Isabelle Turquin GalleryParis, France

2016


‘Kalahari Cats'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

‘The Great Zambezi’Patrick Mavros, London

'Celebrating the Year of the Monkey'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

2017


'The Great Zambezi'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town