21st Apr, 2021 16:00

Autumn Collection

Lot 50
Lot 50 - Blessing Ngobeni (South Africa 1985-)


Blessing Ngobeni (South Africa 1985-)
Red Dot

acrylic and collage on paper

Artwork date: 2013
Signature details: signed and dated bottom right; inscribed with the artist’s name and title on a gallery MOMO label adhered to the reverse

Sold for R58,625
Estimated at R50,000 - R80,000


acrylic and collage on paper

Artwork date: 2013
Signature details: signed and dated bottom right; inscribed with the artist’s name and title on a gallery MOMO label adhered to the reverse


149.5 x 102 cm; Framed Size: 165 x 117 x 6.5 cm


Blessing Ngobeni was born in 1985 in a small rural town of Tzaneen in the Limpopo province. At the age of ten, he moved to Johannesburg where, after a tumultuous decade, he entered the contemporary art scene. Bringing with him a unique style and a critique of political regimes, Ngobeni made the corruption, incompetence and duplicity of the current South African ruling elite the subjects of his art. He tackles the disconcerting consequences of betraying democratic ideals, the failure to learn from historical tragedies and the expanding gap between the rich and poor. This critique is informed by Ngobeni’s own experience, the hardships and challenges he had to confront as a child and adolescent. As a result of his exceptional work and dedication to his practice, Ngobeni received the highly-prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award for the Visual Arts in 2019.

His latest body of work, produced as an outcome of winning the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for the Visual Arts in 2019, will be installed and exhibited at the National Arts Festival in 2021, before beginning its year-long tour of various major cultural institutions in South Africa.

It is of importance to note that Ngobeni is an artist focusing on more than his own evolving career. His efforts in mentoring young artists have led him to form two projects that support graduates who are transitioning from their fine art training at tertiary institutions to their careers as full-time artists. The first, in collaboration with the Bag Factory, is the Blessing Ngobeni Studio Art Award established in 2017. The second is called ‘Initiative’ and introduces young artists to the art industry through a series of workshops and culminates in an opportunity for them to participate in a group show. This empowering work attests to Ngobeni’s personal and professional contribution to the art world and society at large.

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Auction: Autumn Collection, 21st Apr, 2021

This premier, large-scale, timed, online-only sale presented a wide range of contemporary art alongside more historic works, multiples and editions, photography, sculpture, ceramics and an impressive selection of signed art books for easy collecting. 

Leading artists represented in the auction included Marlene Dumas, Jane Alexander and Walter Oltmann together with contemporary voices like Zanele Muholi, Nandipha Mntambo, Athi-Patra Ruga, Blessing Ngobeni, Gerhard Marx, Nicholas Hlobo and Nelson Makamo. Modern stalwarts included John Mohl and Edoardo Villa amongst others. Pieter Hugo, Mikhael Subotzky and Roger Ballen led the photography selection while new media works by Wayne Barker, Ed Young, Usha Seejarim and Turiya Magadlela.

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