BIOGRAPHY OF BANELE NJADAYI
Banele Njadayi was born in Makhanda and is a young and largely self-taught artist. He studied at the Port Elizabeth College, majoring in Graphic Design. Njadayi evolved as a self-taught artist to devoting time to working in his studio and presenting art classes at the Masifunde Learner Development NGO based in Walmer Township.
A recent exploration using found objects has seen his art works and mediums change and progress. The objects utilized include metal, boards, wood and plastic canisters and canvasses metaphorically expressed. His works focus on community and the social lives of the majority of black South Africans, documenting scenes from everyday life. Initially, with the majority of his works he used oil on zinc. Currently he uses found objects such as bolts, nuts, steel, metal, wire, nails, timber and so forth in his sculpture pieces.
Njadayi’s formal art training plays no vital role in his narratives, as evidenced in his overall technical delivery in any material of his choice. Though he studied art and design briefly at Russell Road College before seeking arts training within NGO-run tutelage, his works distinguish themselves by his approach and execution.