John Vusi Mupi
John Vusi Mfupi’s signature style is collage, he draws inspiration from the innate joy and energy children radiate which has become synonymous with artist’s visual depictions of daily life. Vusi chooses to focus his subject matter on the younger generations he explains “there is a sense of authenticity and pure excitement for life that youth have and dwindles as one gets older”.
As a young adult Vusi was an aspiring accountant. Although, when he took a step back and asked himself 'why' the only reason he could come up with was that the corporate world offered a sense of financial security, a path that had already been forged. He didn’t want to live his life like this, and so began his artistic journey. He lives everyday with such joy and a deep sense of fulfilment and purpose. He has never regretted following his dreams and hopes to inspire the next generation to do the same. Vusi is passionate about sharing creative experiences and skills with the youth encouraging them to dream big. While painting murals with school children, issues such as language, teenage pregnancy, drugs, alcohol and HIV/AIDS are dealt with. Not only does he encourage dialogue around these issues, he also encourages children to think creatively about the use of alternative materials in the creative process.
Fuelled by education and art, Vusi continues to share his expertise with several schools in Gauteng, teaching art and painting murals with learners. He has been involved in several public art initiatives, including the new Metro Mall and Faraday development, a flagship project for inner city renewal in Bree Street and the Faraday Taxi rank in central Johannesburg. This project coincided with the Lunch Bar campaign which ultimately saw him using the recycled chocolate wrappers in a collage for this initiative. A prolific artist, he has participated in many exhibitions, both locally and internationally, as well as producing murals in Madeira, Portugal as part of South Africa’s international celebrations of 10 years of democracy, and in Malaysia for the Delphic Games in 2005.
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