Mtengeni Ntshalintshali

Mthengeni Ntshalintshali was born near Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal, in 1977.

His father passed away when he was very young and he was forced to drop out of high school after just one year as his mother could not afford to pay for his education.

He found work at a nearby farm and when his employer realised that he had artistic talent, she contacted Fée Halsted, founder of Ardmore. Mthengeni joined the Ardmore painters in 2000.

Says Fée: “He is a talented colourist with a personal palette choice. He mixes white into most of his colours to create a soft blend of berry pink, greys and ochres. He is a unique individual here at Ardmore.”

Mthengeni designs and fills his patterns with intricate webs of colour and subtle details. His drawing is stylised.

His work has been exhibited at almost all of Ardmore’s exhibitions, both locally and abroad. This quiet, self-taught artist has a relaxed attitude and enjoys every opportunity to express his feelings through his work.

The father of seven children, he has been raising them alone since his wife passed away in 2010.

Mtengeni is working as an independent artist.



Charles GreigHyde Park, Johannesburg


Christie’s ExhibitionLondon

FancourtSouth Africa


Christie’s AuctionLondon

City Arts CouncilJohannesburg


Private ExhibitionHigh Commissioner, Highveld, London


Amaridian GalleryNew York

Private ExhibitionHigh Commissioner, Highveld, London

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg


Christie's AuctionLondon


'Ardmore Positive'Pietermaritzburg

Amaridian GalleryNew York

'Wonderful World of Ardmore'Groote Schuur, Cape Town


South Africa HouseLondon


Pascoe & Co.Florida, United States

Anagama GalleryVersailles, France

Southern GuildJohannesburg

SOFA (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art)Chicago, United States

'Travellers of Africa'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg


'Ivory and Ebony'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

Hallwyl MuseumStockholm, Sweden

'Clay: The Art of Earth and Fire'Tremaine Gallery, Hotchkiss School, Conneticut, United States

Le Negresco HotelNice, France


International Ceramic ShowEd Pascoe, Florida, United States

'Ardmore Aviary'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

'Endangered Animals'Patrick Mavros, London

'An African Collection'The Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral, Australia

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

Fabric and book launch: 'Ardmore, We Are Because of Others'Hermanus, Western Cape

Fabric and book launch: 'Ardmore, We Are Because of Others'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

‘Grand Carnival’ - fabric and book launch: 'Ardmore, We Are Because of Others'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

Ardmore in LuxembourgLuxembourg

Ardmore in MauritiusMauritius

Ardmore in FranceFrance

Ardmore in SwitzerlandGeneva, Switzerland

'Christmas Safari Week'Patrick Mavros, London

A Celebration of Zulu Life and ArtistrySt Louis, United States

Ardmore AustraliaSydney, Australia


'Monkeys and Magnolias'Patrick Mavros, London

'Just So Crododiles and Other Curiosities'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg


'Inspired by the Ocean'Fyn Arts, Hermanus, Western Cape

African FormKorean Biennale


WMODAPascoe & Co., Florida, United States

'Animal Botanical'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

'Animal Botanical'Patrick Mavros, London

'Parrots and Pomegranate'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

Isabelle Turquin GalleryParis, France


'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