Phulani, born 1976, is a self-taught painter born and raised in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Her focus is mainly African portraiture. Oil based, large scale paintings.
“I am drawn to the challenges of capturing the ‘life’ and emotion of the subject’s eyes. I love the process of breaking down the overall composition into the separate elements that harness human emotion, and how the smallest changes in each, affect the mood and feeling in my work. I see each subject as a synergy of intense complex aspects that perfectly capture and preserve emotion, expression, concern and wonder.”
Her paintings are her perspective of a beautiful continent and its people, the roles we play as Africans and the wonderful ways in which we do so.