Using discarded plastic packaging and roofing materials, an internationally famed artist is creating his glorious collages in South Africa. The tools of this Johannesburg artist’s trade are second-hand plastic and a heat gun.
Mbongeni Buthelezi recycles plastic waste into colourful art, tearing off strips of colour and melting them onto a home-made plastic canvas.
“The way I do my work is that I collect plastics, recycled plastics, from retail shops, garages, and so on. I bring them back into my studio here. This is the process of producing this art. I stretch white roofing plastic over a wooden frame. On top of that I start building up with different colours to create or to build up the image. For someone who has never seen my work, the easiest way to describe it is that it is like collage. I use different layers to create an image.” Buthelezi says
Mbongeni Buthelezi’s work is been exhibited in the United states, Europe, etc.
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