This Crocodile Rider is truly, ‘extraordinaire’. Thabo Mbele and Bennet Zondo, both artists from Lesotho, create Ardmore animal riders as a team, where Thabo sculpts the animal and Bennet the figures. This crocodile rider is beautifully balanced with the swish of its tail, and writhing form. The African riders’ facial expressions are intoxicatingly beautiful and make this piece extra special. Zinhle Nene, ‘The Queen of the Crocodile’, has a unique flair for painting the croc’s rich, intricate, patterning and has added alluring sensuality and beauty, which is also the meaning of the Zulu name, ‘Zinhle’.
Bennet Zondo was born in Lesotho. When he was old enough, he decided to go to neighbouring South Africa to seek a better life for himself, finding work as a gardener in the Champagne Valley area of KwaZulu-Natal. In 2002 he took a clay model of ... read moreView all pieces by Bennet Zondo
Zinhle is an attractive, modern, very together, young woman. She followed her talented older sister, Jabu Nene, to Ardmore and, since then, has developed into a brilliant painter – but her ambition does not end there. In 2005 she completed two years of study at business school ... read moreView all pieces by Zinhle Nene