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B. 1981  Bloemfontein, South Africa
Lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland



Thabiso Phepeng (b.1981) grew up in Bloemfontein, South Africa, at the age of 11 he started getting absorbed by street art and hiphop which remains an inspiration in his work until today. In 1998, Phepeng moved to Johannesburg to study fine art at the University of Johannesburg, half into the program he realized that a formal art education was not for him so he quit. He was amongst the first black students who were allowed to study at a University level, however the racial tensions continued throughout public institutions in South Africa which fueled his sense and admiration for street art as a form of rebellion. However, due to the sanctions that were long imposed on South Africa due to appartheid, getting the sprays for street art was difficutl and very expensive which pushed Thabiso’s considering canvas as a format.
            His work is a combination of abstract expressionism and graffiti on paper or canvas. The mix of influences has refined a style reflected in his work through the intense focus on process as opposed to working towards a pre-planned result. He loosely describes as “Mark Making” or “Paint for the sake of paint and colour for the sake of colour.” His work is a combination of influences from his feeling of nothing and his surroundings from living space, relationships and family.

Thabiso Phepeng likes to be called Mzansi which means South African in Xhosa.

* Mzansi /əmˈzʌnsɪ/ noun – South African







The Bite, Zürich 


Kafi Schoffel, Zürich 





Fritz86, Zürich


Kafi Schoffel, Zürich 




Wessel Snyman Creative, Cape Town  




Performance art “Colour for the sake of Colour” House 22, Pretoria




Café del Khuze, Pretoria




De Beers, City Hall, Pretoria


Gerald Reed Sekoto Gallery, Johannesburg 1990





Macufe Art Competition, Bloemfontein 2006

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