Nkanyiso Dlamini

Nkanyiso Dlamini, was born on the 3rd of March 1992 in eMafakathini, near Pietermarizburg in KwaZulu-Natal.

He is one of four brothers and attended Ngafunda Ekhobongwane Primary school and Ngaqedeia e Ngcomhlophe High School.

When Nkanyiso’s parents both died, he had to earn a living and ran a small takeaway frying chips on the side of the road, but he soon realised that this was not going to make him the money he needed.

Nkanyiso heard about Ardmore from Sfiso Mavelase and he came looking for a position in October 2013. He soon acquired the nickname of Short because he is so tall!

Under the guidance of Sfiso and Quiniso in the sculpting studio he started producing excellent work. He says he would love to be able to make riders like Alex Sibande as he looks up to him as a mentor and artist. Nkanyiso dreams of one day being a teacher at Ardmore and having a big family.

“I see a future for Nkanyiso at Ardmore as he is not afraid to tackle big works and his pleasant attitude and ambition to succeed will hold him in good stead,” says Fée Halsted.

In 2014 his work was exhibited at the ‘Inspired by the Ocean’ exhibition in Hemanus in the Western Cape, the ‘Birds of Africa’ show in Sandton, Johannsburg, and at the Patrick Mavros Christmas Show in Harare, Zimbabwe.

His work was also exhibited as part of the ‘Birds of Africa’ show at Charles Greig Hyde Park, Johannesburg.



‘Inspired by the Ocean’Hermanus

‘Birds of Africa’Johannesburg

Safari WeekLondon

‘Birds of Africa’Zimbabwe

WMODA, Pascoe & Co.United States

‘Animal Botanical’Cape Tow

'Animal Botanical'London

'Parrots and Pomegranates'Hyde Park


WMODA, Pascoe & Co.United States

‘Kalahari Cats’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

‘The Great Zambezi’Patrick Mavros, London

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


'The Zambezi'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town