Mandla Nkosi, South African artist, was born in Soweto, Johannesburg. He studied arts at the Mofolo Arts Centre in Soweto and from 1984 to 1987 was a student at the Johannesburg Art Foundation where he studied under Bill Ainslie. Nkosi work in the eighties was strongly influenced by the work of American painter Romare Bearden. He participated in the Thupelo International Artist's Workshops in Johannesburg.
He exhibited seven times in South Africa from 1983 to 1988 and received two awards.