South Africa’s current art scene is thriving. Young people all over the globe are speaking loudly through their art thus making these artists work an imaginative art form, and being inspired by the events that occur in the universe.

Siyabonga Babalo Hlatshwayo, 21, was born in the East of Johannesburg in a small suburb called Crysta Park. He is currently studying Visual Arts at the University Of Johannesburg, and has been a painter for six years. This creative uses striking themes that speaks volumes to the many South Africans that go unheard.

Hlatshwayo doesn’t have a specific niche; he strongly believes that one should focus on certain developments and aspects of the world in order to leave a mark. Hlatshwayo breathes new life into each painting he creates, speaking to the young unprivileged South Africans through his art.

In July 2017, Hlatshwayo was a part of a local art exhibition where he was asked to showcase his work. He showcased a group exhibition called Dipuo and Reflections (Conversations and Reflections) the main aim of the first exhibition was meant for each artist to focus on personal expressions and experiences; how these experiences tend to reflect and impact society differently.

The whole concept behind the dreadlock theme was a form of resistance toward the white Supremes beauty standards, he adds on. Thus the whole theme and second exhibition was titled “Crown”, which is a reflection of our people, their struggle, and what their patience is worth producing.

Hlatshwayo envisions a platform where he can grow and be able to reach the masses. He sees his art as being able to speak and give Black people the voice they have been longing for. People relate with his paintings and the Africanism behind each painting. He is currently working on a social platform where people will be able to reach him easily and be able to get familiar with his work. Hlatshwayo is highly inspired by the likes of Gerard Sekoto and William Kenbridge.