Thabo Lukhele is from a small town of Mankayane located in the Manzini region of Eswatini formally
known as Swaziland. The landlocked country sits between Between Mozambique and South Africa
and is filled with activities for all. An atmosphere that’s personable for and relaxed, many from
around the world come for the national parks, but the locals and Africans come to visit one of the
biggest festivals of the year -the Umhlanga or Reed Dance ceremony. The event takes place at the
royal palace and it’s the rite of passage which is filled with music, dancing and singing.
Before many learned to ride a bike, Thabo was already working to improve his craft and exploring his
different mediums like clay, drawings, and metalwork which influenced his current style.
Professionally trained in Fine Arts and Ceramics, he continued to explore new styles like blending,
textures and strength of color to emphasize stories. These techniques organically progressed his
works towards abstracts and landscapes. Through the use of acrylics, Thabo balances color that
formulates textures and depth with a focus on mood.
In his own words, I just: I was raised in farming township filled with pineapple plantations and
processing plants. Most the people here are employed to work the fields and process the fruits into
juice or jam. My father was one of the employees and it natural for me to join him. I chose a different
path and decided to pursue art. During my studies I discovered that art is in almost everything we do
in the society. Beyond painting and sculptures, I was awakened to art in clothing accessories,
technology and almost everything we use daily. With this new perspective, I looked to capture and
present aspects of life’s daily routine. Instead of painting to be unique, I create to be artistic. I’m
influenced by society and outward emotions people express. Ironically, I feel like it’s a mirror effect at
times. When I see people happy it makes me happy as well. Ultimately look to have fun.