Mbusi Mfuphi

Mbusi Mfuphi was born in Estcourt and joined Ardmore’s studio in the ‘Berg in 2000, moving to Caversham when the ‘Berg studio closed down in 2009.

She was taught to paint by one of Ardmore’s leading painters, Jabu Nene.

Pretty and quietly spoken, Mbusi prefers to use delicate floral designs and colours – soft pinks and greens – that reflect her gentle femininity.

Her painting is elegant and sophisticated and is executed with pride, love and a sense of her own self-worth. She often works on Somandla Ntshalintshali’s lyrical forms.

“Mbusi is a star in the making, and is starting to become one of our more recognised painters,” says Fée Halsted.

Mbusi says: “Ardmore changed my life. In my family, no one was working. I’ve started to make my own home and my youngest brother, who followed me to Caversham, has completed his schooling because of me. My parents are proud of me, because of Ardmore.”

Mbusi is one of three sisters who work together in the painting studio: Fiko and Nondumiso Mfuphi are also artists.

She has four children.

 

Exhibitions

2007


‘Cats of the World’Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

Christie's AuctionLondon

2008


‘The Wonderful World of Ardmore’Groote Schuur, Cape Town

2009


Exhibition at South Africa HouseLondon

2010


NAADA (National Antiques and Decorative Arts) faireJohannesburg

Anagama GalleryVersailles, France

‘Travellers of Africa’Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

2011


‘Ivory & Ebony’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

‘Earth & Fire'Tremaine Gallery, Conneticut, United States

Le Negresco HotelNice, France

Hallwyl MuseumStokholm, Sweden

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

‘Sprung from the Reeds: Ardmore and UkhambaArdmore Caversham

2012


'Endangered Animals'Patrick Mavros, London

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

‘Grand Carnival’ - fabric and book launch: 'Ardmore, We Are Because of Others'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

2013


Ed PascoeFlorida, United States

‘Monkeys and Magnolias’Patrick Mavros, London

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

‘Just So Crocodiles and Other Curiosities’Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

'Jungle Week'Patrick Mavros, London

Patrick MavrosHarare, Zimbabwe

2014


Ed PascoeFlorida, United States

‘Great Herds of Africa’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

‘Great Herds of Africa’Patrick Mavros, London

‘Inspired by the Ocean’Fyn Arts, Hermanus, Western Cape

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

2015


WMODAPascoe & Co., Florida, United States

'Animal Botanical'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

'Animal Botanical'Patrick Mavros, London

'Parrots and Pomegranates'Charles Greig, 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