Nandipha Mntambo

Visual artist

Visual artist Nandipha Mntambo says she doesn't keep pictures of herself. Well, except those of her performances. Her artworks explore and offer challenges to stereotypical ideas of femininity and the female form. Mntambo's work makes use of shaped and stiffened cowhides as well as bones, beads and other materials. This 27-year-old was born in Swaziland but lives and works in Cape Town. She graduated with a master's in fine art at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. Mntambo's works have been exhibited both locally and internationally to acclaim. She was one of five young artists selected for the MTN New Contemporaries exhibition in Johannesburg in 2006. In 2008, she was part of the Apartheid: The South African Mirror at the Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona exhibition. This 2005 Brett Kebble Art Awards Curatorial Fellow should be watched closely. � Percy Mabandu

Lunch spot: Nzolo Cafe, Cape Town