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Fiko Mfuphi

Fiko was born in Estcourt in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and in 2000, and at the age of 17, completed her education at the Sisatina School in Loskop where her mother lives.

Two years later one of Ardmore’s painters, Mbusi Mfuphi, organised for her to meet Fée Halsted.

Fiko had no schooling in art but joined Fée at Springvale Farm in Rosetta and worked alongside Angel Gabela who, with Fée, taught her to develop her natural artistic talent.

In 2004, Fée moved to the Caversham studio and Fiko faced an upheaval in her life. Her friend Angel died of HIV/Aids. As a true friend, Fiko stayed with Angel’s mother in Rosetta and helped look after Angel’s newborn baby. She commuted back and forth to Caversham carrying home pots to paint and returning with completed pieces.

Fée said: “Fiko really proved to me that she had the determination and diligence to become part of the Ardmore family. Once Angel’s baby was old enough, Fiko joined us at Caversham and now lives on the property.”

Fiko aspires to follow in the painting footsteps of Punch Shabalala, who has been with Ardmore since 1989 and is one of the studio’s leading painters.

She has participated in all of Ardmore’s exhibitions since 2004 and is one of three sisters who work together in the painting studio. The others are Mbusi and Nondumiso Mfuphi.



Christie’s AuctionLondon

City Arts CouncilEdinburgh, Scotland

‘Men of Ardmore’Johannesburg


Private ExhibitionHigh Commissioner, Highveld, London

Christopher GreigHyde Park, Johannesburg


Amaridian GalleryLondon

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg


‘Cats of the World’Johannesburg

Christie's AuctionLondon


‘The Wonderful World of Ardmore’Groote Schuur, London


Ardmore ExhibitionSouth Africa House, London


NAADA (National Antiques and Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

Anagama GalleryFrance

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


‘Ivory & Ebony’Cellars-Honenot, Cape Town

‘Earth & Fire’Tremaine Gallery, Hotchkiss School, Conneticut, United States

Le Negresco HotelNice, France

Hallwyl MuseumSweden

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

‘Sprung from the Reeds: Ardmore and Ukhamba’Ardmore Caversham


'Endangered Animals'Patrick Mavros, London

NAADA (National Antiques and Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg


Pascoe & Co.West Palm Beach, Florida, United States

‘Monkeys & Magnolias’Patrick Mavros, London

Fyn Arts FestivalHermanus, Western Cape

Jourees Des CeramiquesParis, France

NAADA (National Antiques and Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

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

Creel and GowNew York

‘Safari Week’Patrick Mavros, London

Patrick MavrosHarare, Zimbabwe


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

‘Great Herds of Africa’Patrick Mavros, London

‘Inspired by the Ocean'Hermanus, Western Cape

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

‘Great Herds of Africa’Patrick Mavros, Nairobi, Kenya

‘Birds of Africa’Patrick Mavros, Harare, Zimbabwe


WMODAPascoe & Co., Florida, United States

‘Animal Botanical'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town


‘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


Cellars Cape town

KingdomsCharles Greig