Ludumo Toto Maqabuka
Born in Umtata in the Eastern Cape, Maqabuka now resides in Johannesburg. He obtained a National Diploma in Fine Art at Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, in 2007 and in 2009 exhibited as a solo artist with his collection, +27, at Design Cafe in Pretoria. In 2011, he took part in a group exhibition, Satellite Spaces, held at The untitled gallery.
Maqabuka participates in the Creative Block and Chicken Run which are career development programmes administered by Spier Arts Trust. Maqabuka’s artwork has also been featured on Nando’s Menus in South Africa.
Ludumo Maqabuka experiences modern society as highly defined by the influx of popular culture and the influence it has on new ideologies and personal identities. His work highlights how it presents in township life and interprets South African society with all its complex dynamics, exposing the societal norms and the formation of constructed identities within a frame of popular culture. His portrait style is reminiscent of Pop Art, using vibrant solid colours to bring character to faces and create the overall mood of the work.