John Vusi Mfuphi born in 1977 in Soweto, Johannesburg where he currently lives and work. He holds a Diploma in Fine Art from FUNDA community college and one-year teacher training program from the same institution.
Mfuphi’s work portrays celebration of youth and mobility; dealing with human life matters that affect people globally. Whilst painting murals with school children, he deals with issues such as; language, teenage pregnancy, drugs, alcohol and HIV/AIDS. In dealing with such issues Mfuphi believes one does not have to utilize traditional fine art media.
He was involved in a public art initiative to shape the look and feel of the new Metro Mall and Faraday development, a flagship project for inner city renewal in Bree Street and Faraday Taxi rank. In 2004, he was selected to paint a 2,5m high x 32m long mural in Madeira, Portugal that formed part of South Africa’s 10 years of democracy across the globe. In 2005 he was part of the 25 artists around the country who went to Malaysia for the Delphic Games. He was one of the artists gathered from around the world for the first international summer schools at Room 13, Scotland which aimed reach disadvantaged schools and to instill the love of the arts into the communities. Mfuphi held a solo exhibition invited by the South African Embassy in Argentina in 2012.
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