Ndabenhle William Zulu

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Nsengeni, Vryheid district

He was born at Nsengeni in the Vryheid district. He attended the Nsengeni Mission School. In 1968 he moved to Emondlo Township and attended the Ikhethelihle Lower Primary School where he became interested in drawing.

He also attended the Thabani Higher Primary School but was forced to leave as he had contracted TB.

After a spinal problem which left him paralysed from the waist down he went to the Nqutu CJM Hospital where he was discovered by an Occupational Therapist at the hospital who encouraged him to attend the ELC Art and Craft Centre, Rorke’s Drift. After spending two years in hospital, from 1974 to 1976, he went to the ELC Centre where he studied art from 1977 to 1978. He has also exhibited nationally and internationally and his work is represented in public and private collections in South Africa. In 1991 he exhibited his work at the international exhibition celebrating the unification of East and West Germany. Then in 1995 he held his first solo exhibition at the African Art Centre, Durban.

He was invited by Artists for Human Rights to contribute a linocut image to the 1996 Images of Human Rights Portfolio. He has art collections displayed at the Durban Art Gallery (South Africa), the Constitutional Court of South Africa in Johannesburg and at the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) in the USA. At present he is working as a part-time artist and completing an autobiography entitled Spring will come.

• Artists for Human Rights, (1996), Images of Human Rights Clause 3: Life,  [online] Available at https://durbanet.co.za/exhib/dag/hr/cl03.htm [Accessed 08 September 2011]
• University of KwaZulu Natal,Zulu, William, from the University of KwaZulu Natal Press, [online] Available at www.ukznpress.co.za [Accessed 08 September 2011]
• Hobbs P & Rankin E (2003), Rorke’s Drift: empowering prints, (Cape Town), p.152

Last updated : 05-Apr-2018

This article was produced by South African History Online on 17-Feb-2011

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