Featured Artist – Bambo Sibiya


Bambolwami Sibiya was born in KwaThema, Springs, near Johannesburg.  During his high school years, he trained at Mbira School of Music and Art under the late Paul Madi Phala. When he completed his schooling, he attended Benoni Technical College and studied graphic design and art, and completed a Design certificate at Benoni Technical College. In 2005 and with a friend opened a small graphic design business where they were able to purchase a computer to enable them to design logos and pamphlets for local entrepreneurs.

His teacher, Paul Madi Phala, recommended that he should apply to Artist Proof Studio (APS) to attend printmaking classes in the Saturday program while continuing to support himself. His determination to succeed and his natural talent convinced Lucas Ngweng, a teacher at APS, to recommend him as a full-time student. Sibiya, at this time, explains that he caught “the printmaking bug”. In 2008 he was offered a full bursary to enter his second year as a full-time student.

His workplace internship during his third and fourth year as the assistant gallery curator for the APS Gallery exposed him to the handling of professional artist’s work. He was fortunate to work on the large-scale linocuts of several leading artists such as William Kentridge, Diane Victor, Norman Catherine, and Colbert Mashile. The scale and power of those monumental prints profoundly moved Sibiya and he extended his own work on a larger scale as he tackled more ambitious images with added confidence.

Sibiya has fared exceptionally well in various art competitions over the years. In 2008 he was a finalist in the Ekurhuleni Art Award and in 2009 and 2010 he was a semi-finalist in the Thami Mnyele Award, receiving a Merit Award. In 2011 he was in the top ten nominees for this award. In 2012 he was a finalist in the Absa L’Atelier awards and the winner of the prestigious Gerard Sekoto Award, which provided him with a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2013. In 2012 he has recognized the Arts and Culture Trust (ACT) awards for the most promising visual artist 2012, an award given to him by the Johannesburg art community.

Bambo Sibiya’s work has rapidly found an active market. His work is being bought by private collectors and public curators. His skill and virtuosity and deeply felt empathy and engagement with community challenges, place this young artist on the threshold of a bright future. His supporters feel that an investment in this young artist’s career is an investment in the talent of the best and brightest that South Africa has to offer.


Art Awards

Ekurhuleni Art Award Finalist in 2008

“Top Student of the Year” Award at Artist Proof Studio in 2009

Thami Mnyele Award, Semifinalist in 2009

Thami Mnyele Award, Merit Award, Ekurhuleni Art on Paper in 2010

Thami Mnyele top 10 in 2011

Semifinalist in the ABSA Atelier top 100 in 2010 Finalist in the ABSA Atelier top 10 Awards in 2011 BRT Public

Art competition in 2011

ABSA Atelier Merit Awards in 2012

Winner of the Absa Atelier Gerald Sekoto Award 2012 Arts and Culture Trust Award 2012


Commissions and Public Art Johannesburg

Development Agency 2010  BRT Public Art

Consortium in 2011

Anglo American Gold Ashanti 2012

BASA ( Business and Art South Africa ) in 2013 Springs

Art Gallery art in 2013

Ogilvy & Mather in 2013


Solo Exhibition’s in South Africa

Khumbula Ekhaya ( home Sick) Gallery2 2013 Human

Spirit Art Exhibition ABSA Gallery 2013

Umlambo uzwiwa ngedondolo traveling exhibition, ABSA Gallery Johannesburg 2015

Umlambo uzwiwa ngedondolo traveling exhibition, Port Elizabeth 2015 Umlambo uzwiwa ngedondolo traveling exhibition, Durban 2015 Umlambo uzwiwa ngedondolo traveling exhibition, Cape Town 2015 Umlambo uzwiwa ngedondolo traveling exhibition, Pretoria 2015

Tales of Migration, Red Room art gallery 2017

Freedom did not just come it was invited, Everard Read Circa Johannesburg 2018

What Now, META foundation, 2020

Slow down tiger, Everard Read, 2020


Selected local group exhibitions

“Ekasi”, Spring Art Gallery in 2008

“30/30”, Springs Art Gallery in 2009

“Unfolding”, Artist Proof Studio in 2009

“Seeking”, Artist Proof Studio in 2010

“People and Spaces”, Gallery 2, Johannesburg in 2010

Thami Mnyele Award exhibition at the Art Centre, Ekurhuleni in 2010

FNB JHB  Art Fair, Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton in 2011

David Brown exhibition at Sandton Art Gallery in 2011

Arts on Main Canteen, Arts on Main Gallery, Johannesburg in 2011

Belledewar Advertising exhibition, Belle Dewar National offices, Sandton in 2011

IStore Art exhibition at Apple Mac national offices, Sandton in 2011

Gray Advertising exhibition in Sandton in 2011 “Sharon

Sampson Studio exhibition at Illovo in 2011

“Coming of Age” exhibition at Johannesburg art gallery with Artist Proof Studio in 2012

“Coming of Age II ” exhibition at Gallery 2 2012

FNB JHB  Art Fair, Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton in 2012

“Art child” exhibition at Design Indaba with Absa Gallery 2012

“David Brown” exhibition at Sandton Art Gallery in 2012

Guns and rains 2014

Arts and Culture Trust 2014

Turbine Art Fair 2015

KKNK Absa, 2015

Jazzuary art exhibition in collaboration with Khaya FM, RES gallery 2016

Red Room Gallery, 2019

“Staring straight into the Future”, Everard Read, 2020


International Solo Exhibitions

International Group Exhibition in Abu Dhabi, Middle East in 2011 Khumbula Ekhaya ( home Sick) II, in Seychelles Kenyan House Gallery Umlambo

uzwiwa ngedondolo, Botswana 2015

Ubuntu Ngabantu, London ( UK) Jack Bell art gallery 2017

Izikhali ze Mpilo (The Weapons of Life), Jack Bell, UK, 2018

Umdlalo wamaphepha (‘Township Casino’), Jack Bell, UK, 2019


International Art Fairs

154 London Art Fair 2017

154 New York Art Fair 2018

154 London Art Fair AKAA

Art Fair 2018



Beijing Biennale 2015



Pinpoint one Human resources


Bidvest Group

Johannesburg Development Agency

Ukhozi FM

Sasol Limited

Rand Merchant Bank

Artist Proof Studio

Business and Art South Africa


Spier South Africa

Sasol Corporate Collection in Mozambique

Johannesburg Art Gallery

Millennium Hotel in Abhu Dabi

Khaya Fm

Print Making

Original Art

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