Neo Mahlangu – Featured guest at Heritage Day Virtual Celebration
Neo Mahlangu, a talented Fine Artist, and Illustrator, graciously agreed to speak at our Virtual Heritage Day celebration.
Neo Mahlangu is a Johannesburg-based artist working primarily with charcoal and digital illustrations. Since debuting her artworks at an August House Open Studio (Johannesburg, 2017), Mahlangu has shown regularly at galleries domestically and made her Fair debut at the Latitudes Art Fair (Johannesburg, 2019).
Leading with the South African Mint, the work that is now on Two Rand (R2) coins currently in circulation. In 2017, Mahlangu was a finalist for the Cassirer Welz Award and was later listed by Between 10and5 as one of the Top 30 creatives under 30 in 2018. Design Indaba named her as an Emerging Creative during the same year.
She made history by being the youngest person to design two R2 (ZAR2) coins for South Africa (to commemorate 25 years of democracy). She has been nominated by the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) for the ImpACT Awards for Young Professionals in 2020 and recently concluded her first international exhibition at Venice International Art Fair, Venice, Italy.
When asked how much of her background and heritage influence her designs, she highlighted that she tries to always highlight her identity as a black woman through her fine art.
If you would like to see more of the work she has done, please visit her website or follow her on Instagram.