Mbusi Mfuphi

Mbusi 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. Mbusi has four children.

 

Exhibitions

2007


‘Cats of the World’Johannesburg

Christie's auctionLondon

2008


‘The Wonderful World of Ardmore’

2009


Exhibition at South Africa HouseLondon

2010


NAADA (National Antiques and Decorative Arts) faireJohannesburg

Anagama GalleryFrance

‘Travellers of Africa’Johannesburg

2011


‘Ivory & Ebony’Cape Town

‘Earth & Fire'United States

Le Negresco HotelFrance

Hallwyl MuseumSweden

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

‘Sprung from the Reeds: Ardmore and UkhambaArdmore Caversham

2012


Endangered SpeciesLondon

NAADA Faire Grand CarnivalJohannesburg

2013


Ed PascoeUnited States

‘Monkeys and Magnolias’London

NAADA Faire

‘Just So Crocodiles and Other Curiosities’Johannesburg

Jungle WeekZimbabwe

2014


Ed PascoeUnited States

‘Great Herds of Africa’Cape Town

‘Great Herds of Africa’London

‘Inspired by the Ocean’Western Cape

‘Birds of Africa’Johannesburg

2015


WMODA, Pascoe & Co.United States

'Animal Botanical'Cape Town

'Animal Botanical'London

'Parrots and Pomegranates'Johannesburg

Isabelle Turquin GalleryFrance

2016


‘Kalahari CatsCape town

‘The Great Zambezi’London