Mthandeni Mkhize

Mthandeni Mkhize, whose nickname is Obed, was born on the 12th December, 1981, at Loskop Kwala.

He did his education at Zuzinfundo Primary School for two years, then Mountain View for four years, Sizathina Primary School for one year, and finally to Hlabae High School where he achieved his matric.

Obed is not married and has no children, and both his parents are still alive. He started work at Williams Farm as a temporary labourer, and was there for almost four years.

When he heard about Ardmore through Sifiso Mzelase, Obed asked Fée Halsted to teach him. Sifiso taught Mthandeni how to sculpt with clay. He started at Ardmore in 2000.

Obed’s favourite animals are dragons, giraffes, leopards and fish and he enjoyed using these animals to create vases, dishes and candlesticks.

His form was made up of the subject and function was secondary. Scales and feathers were intricately moulded into his forms, making painting of less importance.

When the Drakensberg studio closed in 2009, Obed chose to remain behind in the mountain valley that has inspired so much of his work.

In 2014 one of his bowls, painted by Matrinah Xaba was used to illustrate a South African postage stamp.




South African postage stamp created with an image of a bowl made by Obed and painted by Matrinah Xaba



Charles Greig JewellersHyde Park, Johannesburg


Christie’s ExhibitionLondon


Christie’s AuctionLondon

City Arts CouncilEdinburgh, Scotland

‘Men of Ardmore’Gallery on the Square, Johannesburg


Private ExhibitionHigh Commissioner, Highveld, London

Christopher GreigHyde Park, Johannesburg


Amaridian GalleryNew York

Private ExhibitionLHigh Commissioner, Highveld, London

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg


Christie’s AuctionLondon

‘Cats of the World’Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg


Amaridian GalleryNew York

‘Wonderful World of Ardmore’Groote Schuur, Cape Town


South Africa HouseLondon