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Sphephelo Mnguni (b .1993, Durban) is a Durban-based artist whose multimedia practice seeks to document back culture in all its permutations. Currently focused on painting, Mnguni creates portraits of black subjects which boldly address the viewer and call for recognition beyond cultural stereotypes. His work is inspired by inequalities observed and experienced in his daily life, and by discourses of blackness in South Africa and in the African diaspora. Mnguni completed a BA Fine Arts at the Durban University of Technology in 2016, and has participated in exhibitions in South Africa and internationally. Most recently his work has been shown at the Ross Sutton Gallery in New York, on the exhibition "Black Voices: Friend of My Mind" (2020-2021) and at PRIZM Art Fair (2020, online edition).