John Vusi Mfupi
Collage artist John Vusi Mfupi is known for his paintings to portray celebrations of youth, mobility and dealing with human life matters that affect people globally.
Mfupi’s style has developed into his well known up-cycled collage technique - not only is this technique an efficient means of production as an artist living in a small space, the materials also play vital a role in portraying his concepts.
Mfupi majored in painting in his third year of studying and after graduating, discovered an artist’s need for space, not only work space, but also for storage. His solution was to replace paint with magazines:
“Canvases are bulky, paper collages can be packed flat and easily stored. With collages, I'd make 20 or more artworks and stash them under my bed. I was only a couple of years out of the college, and it was tough getting going. I had no space and had to buy art materials; I started using magazines because the only thing I needed was colour.”
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