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Mashile was born in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga. He studied at the Johannesburg Art Foundation in 2004 and obtained his BA (Fine Arts) in 1999 from the University of the Witwatersrand. He currently lives and works in Johannesburg.

Customs such as the ritual of circumcision (which both he and his wife have undergone) informed Mashile’s earliest work as he sought refuge and healing through art. His work is infused with the natural and mystical elements that have become part of his environment where he can “feel and experience my Africanness, let emotions come through and discover the truth about myself”.

Mashile has an uncanny ability to tune into universal psychological archetypes in his work. These images are completely based in his African identity and yet they link up with the universal.

“I come from a place that is shrouded by powerful cultural norms and customs. My use of symbols and icons shows the truth about the land and its people and thus my existence in South Africa.”

mixed media on paper, 80 x 60cm, 2005
Wayne Cahill Barker   Gerhard Harald Batha   Walter Whall Battiss   Deborah Margaret Bell   Bongi Bengu   Willie Bester
Peter John Bonney   Willem Hendrik Adriaan Boshoff   Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi   Norman Catherine   Erika Hibbert   Phillemon Hlungwani
Robert Griffiths Hodgins   William Kentridge   John Kramer   Speelman Mahlangu   Colbert Mashile   Clare Menck
John Mark Moore   Zwelethu Mthethwa and Sam Nhlengethwa   Olbie Olberholzer   Walter Oltmann   Milwa Mnyaluza George Pemba   Uwe Pfaff
Karin Preller   Dan Rakgoathe   Albert Redelinghuys   Jürgen Schadeberg   Lucky Sibiya   Jaco Sieberhagen
Lionel Smit   Richard John Smith   Angus Taylor   Alfred Thoba   Andrew Verster   Edoardo Villa