Hlungwani, Jackson

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Hlungwani, Jackson

Jackson Mbhazima Hlungwane was born in 1923 and died in 2010 in Nkanyani Village, Gazankulu The son of a Shangaan migrant worker, he had no formal training as an artist and learned to carve from his father who made utility items for his community. He spent time as a migrant worker in Johannesburg but returned home after an industrial accident in which he lost a finger. Hlungwani’s earliest extant sculptures date to the 1960s, although it is the work of the 1980s and later that became widely known and appreciated. Hlungwane’s work is housed in numerous private and public collections across the world and is widely regarded as one of the top Venda sculptors to emerge from South Africa.