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Mbabane – God’s timing has certainly proved to be the best for sketch artist Thembinkosi Mabuza.

Mabuza presented his sketch work of popular South African artists, namely Cassper Nyovest and Big Zulu. This was during a show the artists each attended in the country independently in December last year. When he presented the sketches to the artists, he was photographed, but he didn’t think anything of it at the time.  Everything changed for the artist on July 18 this year as  he was contacted by an online South African publication, South African News.


The online publication is a modern digital media and news platform, dedicated to providing highly relevant news and trending topics. It’s also a digital newspaper even for entertainment news. The publication broke the news about a talented artist from Eswatini and the comment section was filled with keen individuals asking about Mabuza’s craft. The online publication went as far as showcasing Mabuza’s work and opening the floor to appraisers of fine art. People were impressed and encouraged the artist to continue knocking on doors through this way and one was bound to open.

The artist mentioned that he was inspired and driven by the people he drew, their work and resilience over the negative narrative that came with their work. Mabuza shared that he was looking to do bigger and greater things and Africa was just a stepping stone, he has his sights set on more places to showcase. The artist’s work has been re-posted and shared over 500 times and it has also been shared by known names like Amanda Du-Pont. Mabuza has also drawn  other artists like Mduduzi Ncube.


His work had been making headlines and trending, and is currently the most shared on Facebook and TikTok.  When quizzed on how he felt about the latest developments, he said: “It’s a very humbling experience and I am grateful for the opportunity, especially because now I’m getting offers from the exposure,” explained Mabuza. Fine artistry is a fast growing market in the world currently with new talent emerging. Fine artistry is defined as “something created for aesthetic or intellectual value rather than utilitarian or practical purpose.”  Fine art allows the creative imagination of an artist to run free through stains on a blank canvas. It’s worth noting that arts of any form were of foreign nature and historically the main form of arts was painting, architecture and pencil drawing. With this growth and exploration, many featured artists on this publication have explained the freedom that this type of artistry has blessed them with, intellectual value.

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