b. 1996, Benoni, South Africa.
Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Simphiwe Buthelezi was born in 1996 in Benoni, South Africa, and currently lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2016, Simphiwe Buthelezi participated in a peer mentoring programme hosted by Assemblage Studios, which launched her development as a young artist. Buthelezi is the recipient of the 2018 Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize, culminating in a residency at the Bag Factory Artist Studios.
She presented her first solo exhibition, ‘Lala La’, curated by Chumisa Ndakisa at The Bag Factory Studios in Johannesburg in 2019. Further solo exhibitions include Imvuselelo Yenkululeko / Freedom’s Domain at SMAC in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in 2020; as well as an upcoming solo exhibition at SMAC in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2021.
In 2020, Buthelezi participated in two group exhibitions: Shaping Things: An exploration of clay and ceramics in contemporary South African art practice at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch; and A Show of Solidarity at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town. Group exhibitions in 2019 include: Young Congo Biennale in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); The Female Line at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town; Preview#3 in Milan, Italy; tête-à-tête, curated by Candice Allison and Tiina Liebenberg at the Absa Gallery in Johannesburg; Self at Glen Carlou Gallery in Stellenbosch; Art Market Budapest with Johannesburg Art Gallery in Budapest, Hungary and What is South Africa, Even? Vol.2, curated by Carlyn Strydom at the Bag Factory Artists Studios in Johannesburg. Further group exhibitions include NOW, curated by Aysha Waja at St Teresa’s Art Festival at the Keyes Art Mile, Johannesburg; a flood in my hands at Fried Gallery in Pretoria, South Africa and Ukuma, The Weight of the Wait, curated by Phumzile Twala and Marguerite Visser at Assemblage Project Space in Johannesburg, all in 2018; Atomic Peace, curated by Chumisa Ndakisa, Bag Factory Artist Studios in Johannesburg, and Capturing State at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) in Oudtshoorn, South Africa, both in 2017.