Sand paintings by Odon


Odon Serginho de Carvalho was born in 1974 in Congo, he moved to Angola in 1996 to join other family members. During the civil war in Angola he escaped to South Africa via Namibia in 2000.

The technique to do sand paintings he learned from his uncle, with whom he shared a shack in the beginning of his stay in Cape Town.

The piece of art is sprinkled out of colored sand in several steps onto the canvas. With lots of dedication Odon improved his technique over the years. He says “I like the feeling of working with sand. It also is a lot of fun for my visitors to watch me and also try to do it, which also is exciting for me in return”.

Over the years Odon’s name became well known for his kind of art and he was able to improve his life style. He does sand paintings with themes of Africa, animals, landscapes or townships.

Odon also does sand paintings according to your ideas and measurements.

3D township pictures by Mgadi

Also Sithembele Mgadi attended an art class in 2000, learning how to mix colors and drawing.

After training he did not have enough funds to buy all needed material for drawing. Mgadi had the idea to work with used material which he recycles. After trying several methods and motives he started with 3D pictures of the townships.

His work became popular and attracted others trying to copy his work. He finishes his artwork in 3D out of cardboard, wood, paper, tins and other materials. Also motives from the rural areas. Besides his workshop in Khayelitsha you will also find his artwork in some galleries in Cape Town.

Mgadi also does individual work according to your ideas and measurements.

Flowers made from tin cans by Golden

Beginning of the 90s Golden, his wife and their small children came to Cape Town like thousands of other people from the rural areas, hoping for a job and a better life. He did not speak English and was part of the 65% unemployed people in the townships, feeding his family by collecting recyclable rubbish.

He had an ever repeating dream about flowers. One day he got the idea to make flowers out of tins that he collected.

Golden began to make daisies out of tins. After a while of practicing he was able to sell the first flowers. More and more he improved his technique, tried to make other kind of flowers as well and nowadays does also roses, lilies, poppies, protea and birds of paradise flowers out of used tins.

Golden buys tins from the children in his neighborhood, they collect and bring the cans to him. This gives the children some pocket money and teaches them about the environment and recycling. His own children are helping him with painting the flowers by hand. Today this work made him well known in the area and secures the income for his family and the fees for the education of his children.

Mosaics and mosaic mirrors by Sandi

Sandi Mdekazi attended art classes after he finished school in 2000. There he learned how to do mosaics out of ceramic tiles and glass, as well as using mirrors.

Quickly he got his own ideas and got first orders for larger mosaic work, which decorate several facades in the townships and other buildings.

He also did the mosaic reception desk for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. In 2008 he won the first price of an art competition.

Besides the large mosaics Sandi does also smaller mosaics and mosaic mirrors in his workshop in Langa, ideal for transport and hanging at home.