Phulani was born in 1976, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. She is a self taught artist and has always expressed herself artistically through different mediums, whether it be drawing, painting, photography or clothing design . Although over the past five years she has been working exclusively with oil on canvas.
“Currently i’m focused on portraiture. I found myself 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 emotion in my work.”
Her current themes are based on the various african cultures that inhabit our continent. Their beliefs, rituals, appearances and all aspects that make them unique. She has always loved how Africa celebrated bright rich colours and how beautiful they were used to represent and tell a story about a specific culture and a way of life. 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.