Nene Mahlangu is a multidisciplinary visual artist born in Ga-Rankuwa, based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
She has an interest in womenness, race and self portraiture. After graduating at the University of Pretoria, she went on to attain a post graduate certificate in Design from UMUZI. She is currently a student at Harvard Business School.
Inspired by sensuality, fashion, politics and religion, Mahlangu’s ethereal representations have braced the walls of local and international art fairs and exhibitions. Her works have evolved from monochromatic realistic work to vibrant drawings and paintings of large scale.
In 2019, she made history by being the youngest woman to ever de- sign two coins for South Africa. She went further to be the first person to put a black girl’s face on our money to commemorate 25 years of democracy. She made her international art fair debut by exhibiting work at the Venice International Art Fair in 2020. She is also the Arts & Culture Trust, ImpACT Award Finalist for 2020 and was listed as one of Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans in the same year.
2022 became the year she was the lead visual artist for the Gram- my award winning DJ and producer Black Coffee’s HiIbiza residency, creating 22 artworks for the project.