Thembinkosi Sinalo Ntuli was born in 1977 in Stanger, Groutville where he studied at

Aldenville Primary. In 1988, he went to Boschkloof Intermediate boarding school. There, he

met Mlungisi Mfeka a senior at the school who was into art and this inspired and fuelled Ntuli’s

love for art. In 1992 he attended Estcourt High School and studied art before leaving in grade

11 due to an accident. He attained an N2 Certificate in Fine Arts in 1997 at Durban Central

College. He then moved to Johannesburg in 1999 to further his studies at Dobsonville College

where he attained a N3 Certificate in Fine Arts. Sinalo did Printmaking at Artist Proof Studio

and attended Funda Centre College where he graduated with a Diploma in Fine and Visual Arts

in 2002. He initially worked with oil paint, depicting South African people however, during

his residency at The Bat Centre in 2003 his theme changed after noticing that artists in KZN

focused their works on their surrounding rural life. This inspired him into painting the Reed

dance maidens, whose cultural values appealed to him and thus the use of real beads in his

work. He won the Thami Mnyele Art Competition in 2011 and 2013. He co-curated the Ubuhle

Bobuntu Group exhibition at the Africa Museum. Sinalo has participated in group exhibitions

at the University of Johannesburg Gallery in 2015 and Spring Gallery in 2021. He draws his

inspiration from Mbongeni Buthelezi a visual artist who tutored him at Funda Centre College.

1977 -
Nationality: South African
Residence: OOOVOOKOO
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