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Zinhle Nene

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 in Newcastle, during which time she worked weekends to keep up her output of ceramics.

Zinhle likes to paint with watercolour like effect and her palette preferences are greens and blacks.

She is well-known for her crocodile and zebra themed works to which she gives great attention to detail by stippling, sponging, scaling and feathering with her brush and scraffito needle. As a result, her work sells so fast that there is seldom any on display in the Ardmore gallery.

Somandla Ntshalintshali’s vessels and Alex Sibande’s sculptures are often painted by Zinhle and her sister, Jabu.

Zinhle excelled with her work on the crocodile riders for the ‘Just So Crocodiles and other Curiosities’ exhibition at Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg in 2013 and in 2014 when she created a wonderful crocodile jug made by Quiniso Mungwe.

In 2015, she painted some wonderful parrots, sculpted by Somandla Ntshalintshali, for the ‘Parrots and Pomegranates’ exhibition at Charles Greig, Hyde Park, as well as a 30 year masterwork sculpted by Qiniso Mungwe of a crocodile-like gourd shaped vessel.



International Ceramic ShowUnited States

‘Ardmore Aviary’Cape Town

Les Ceramiques Zouloues ArdmoreFrance

‘Monkeys and Magnolias’London

'Just So Crocodiles and Other Curiosities'Johannesburg

'Endangered Animals' exhibitionLondon

An African CollectionAustralia

Naada Faire Antiques and CollectablesJohannesburg

Fabric and book launch: ArdmoreHermanus

Fabric and book launch: ArdmoreCape Town

Grand Carnival’, fabric and book launch: ArdmoreJohannesburg





Patrick Mavros Christmas Safari WeekLondon

A Celebration of Zulu Life and ArtistryUnited States

Ardmore AustraliaAustralia

Pascoe & Co.United States

‘Monkeys and Magnolias’London

Gallery Isabelle TurquinFrance

Journee des CeramiquesFrance

‘Animal Stories’Canada

Franschhoek Literary FestivalWestern Cape

Hermanus Fyn ArtsWestern Cape

Creel and GowUnited States

Safari WeekLondon

Patrick MavrosZimbabwe


'Great Herds of Africa'Cape Town

Pascoe & Co.United States

'Great Herds of Africa'London

‘Inspired by the Ocean’Hermanus

‘Birds of Africa’Johannesburg

‘Great Herds of Africa’Kenya

‘Birds of Africa’Zimbabwe


WMODA, Pascoe & Co.United States

'Animal Botanical'Cape Town

'Animal Botanical'London

'Parrots and Pomegranates'Johannesburg

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