Riyah Shabalala

Riyah was born in 1983 and is the daughter of Martha Busisiwe Shabalala, one of the early Ardmore artists.

Riyah joined Ardmore in February 2009 after being introduced to Fée Halsted by her cousin, Octavia Buthelezi, who is a painter there.

She says: “I love painting bright flowers, giraffes, zebras and leopards. I really enjoy and appreciate my work at Ardmore, and it has changed my life both mentally and financially. I love my work and hope to become the top artist one day.”

Says Fée: “Riyah is a young painter who has inspired moments with her painting, especially when she limits her color palette. She works well alongside her mentor, Misiwe Ntshalintshali.”










‘Great Herds of Africa’Cape Town

‘Great Herds of Africa’London

‘Inspired by the Ocean’Hermanus

‘Birds of Africa’Johannesburg

‘Great Herds of Africa’Kenya

‘Birds of AfricaZimbabwe


WMODA, Pascoe and Co.United States

Animal Botanical'Cape Town

'Animal Botanical'London

'Parrots and Pomegranates'Hyde Park

Isabelle Turquin GalleryFrance


‘Kalahari Cats’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

‘The Great Zambezi’Patrick Mavros, London

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


'The Great Zambezi'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

'Savuti Dance' Patrick Mavros, London

'o'kavango'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg