Vumelani Sibeko was born in Emndeni Soweto in 1975. Sibeko studied at Vaal Triangle Technikon (now Vaal University of Technology) between 1997 and 1999. At the Technikon, he became exposed to racial differences. He says that, “it was more of a political class than anything else. You were constantly reminded that you were black.” At an early age, Sibeko recalls his mother’s support for his drawing on white paper, until he began drawing on his school clothes. He made a business with his art at an early age, drawing for fellow classmates in biology class. Until February 2012, he used the surname Buthelezi, a surname his father adopted from a family he boarded with after escaping life as a farm laborer in search of a better life in Johannesburg.
Vumelani is visiting apexart from Johannesburg, South Africa, from November 1 - December 1, 2012. He was recommended by Puleng Plessie, Art Administrator & Workshop Facilitator. See his Resident Page for more information.