Ndzube was born in 1990 in Hofmeyr, Eastern Cape, and lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and Cape Town, South Africa. He has a BA Fine Art from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town.

Ndzube’s work is characterised by a fundamental interplay between objects, media and two-dimensional surfaces; stitching together a subjective account of the Black experience in post-apartheid South Africa from a mythological perspective. Recent exhibitions include Vusamazulu: Awakening the Heavens, Nicodim Gallery, New York, USA (2021, solo); Lineages: Works from the Collection, NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale (2021); The Fantastic Ride to Gwadana, Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa (2020, solo); Where Water Comes Together With Other Water, The 15th Lyon Biennale, Lyon, France (2019); People, Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles (2019); New Acquisitions, Rubell Museum, Miami (2018); and Waiting for Mulungu, CC Foundation, Shanghai, China (2018, solo). His work is collected by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Denver Art Museum; Musée d’art Contemporain de Lyon, France; Iziko South African National Gallery, South Africa; Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, South Africa; Denver Art Museum; Rubell Museum; and many others. Oracles of the Pink Universe was his first solo institutional exhibition in the States, at the Denver Art Museum.

Through painting, sculpture, and spatial intervention, Simphiwe Ndzube stages an introduction to his imaginative universe: the Mine-moon. He states, "We begin in the real world, and through interaction with the work enter a fabulist tale in progress. I’ve attempted to create the genesis of a cosmology that finds itself in the uncharted lands and trackless seas. In it exists characters: gods, and demigods—different people influenced by the post-apartheid Black South African experience. It emerges from the tradition of magical realism and is expanding to points currently unknown."


Narrative influences include Ben Okri, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Gabriel García Márquez, Italo Calvino, and Zakes Mda. In particular, Ndzube highlights Magical Realism: Theory, History, Community by Wendy B Faris and Lois Parkinson Zamora which describes magical realism as "a mode suited to exploring—and transgressing—boundaries, whether the boundaries are ontological, political, geographical or generic. [It] facilitates the fusion, or coexistence, of possible worlds, spaces, [and] systems that would be irreconcilable in other modes." Ndzube's recent body of work tells a story of power and conflict—within it is a focus on the people affected by abuses of power; these figures are on their own search for freedom, love, and meaning in a setting that has deemed them, as Frantz Fanon phrased it, the wretched of the earth.






BAFA. Michaelis School of Fine Arts, University of Cape Town, 2015

Peter Clarke Art Centre, Cape Town, 2010



Isithunywa so Moya, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. 2022

Masemola Road, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. 2022

Vusamazulu | Awakening the Heavens, Nicodim Gallery, New York, NY. 2021

Oracles of the Pink Universe, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO. 2021

Like the Snake that Fed the Chameleon, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. 2021

In the Order of Elephants After the Rain, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, Romania. 2019

The Rain Prayers, Museo Kaluz, Mexico City, Mexico. 2019

Uncharted Lands And Trackless Seas, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. 2019

Bhabharosi, The Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL. 2018

Waiting For Mulungu, Cc Foundation, Shanghai, China. 2018

Dancing Into Form, Works on Paper, Harper's Books, New York. 2018

Bhabharosi, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.  2017

Becoming, WHATIFTHEWWORLD Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.  2016

Imithungo Yezivubeko, Michaelis School of Arts, Cape Town, South Africa. 2015




See You Through It, Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester. MA.

California Biennial 2022: Pacific Gold, Orange County Museum of Art, Costa Mesa, CA.



In Some Form or Fashion, The Momentary, Bentonville, AK.

Witness: Afro Perspectives, Perspectives from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection, Miami, FL.


Summer Exhibition 2021, Royal Academy of Arts, London

Shattered Glass, Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles, CA



INXS: Never Before Seen Major Works, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Hollywood Babylon: A Re-Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome, Los Angeles, CA

Pineal Eye Infection, Los Angeles, CA



Trans World, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, Romania

Trans World, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

People, Jeffery Deitch Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Our Lady of the Flowers, Bucharest, Romania

Together With Other Water, The 15th Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France

Filling In the Gaps, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa


The Adderall and the Ecstasy, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, Romania

New Acquisitions, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL

Hacer Noche (Crossing Night), Centro Cultural Santo Domingo, Oaxaca, Mexico

Noise!, Frans Hals Museum, Harlem, Netherlands

Both, and, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

The Eye Sees Not Itself, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Indulge, Art Movement, Los Angeles, CA


The Hierophant, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, Romania

Son of Mr. Green Genes, BBQLA, Los Angeles, CA

Homeward Bound, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Our Lady + Women's Work, South African National Gallery

Dear Eurpoa, Whatiftheworld gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

The Art of Disruptions, South African National Gallery

#TheOpening, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa


Pouring Ours Secretes, Smac Art Gallery, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa 

Kasi-2-kasi Public Arts Festival / Remaking Place, Gordon Institute for Centre and Creative Arts, Cape Town, South Africa

“But he doen’t have anything on!” Commune1 Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa


The rights of a child, Iziko National Gallery Annexe & Jewish Museum, Cape Town, South Africa



2019- Culture Creators Annual ‘Innovators & Leaders’ Award

2016- Tollman Award Winner

2015-  Michaelis Prize Winner, Michaelis School of Fine Art

2015-  Simon Gerson Prize

2013-  Cecil SkotnesScholarship


Greatmore Artist Residency Studios, Woodstock CT,

Dalton Warehouse, South Central, Los Angeles. CA. USA



Longlati Foundation, Shanghai

Fondation Gandur pour l'Art, Geneva

Musee d’art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, United States

Pérez Art Museum Miami, Florida

The CC Foundation, Shanghai, China

HOW Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Christen Sveeas Collection, Norway

The Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado

Museo Kaluz, Mexico City, Mexico

Rubell family collection, Miami

Rupert Museum, Cape Town

University of Cape Town

Iziko South African National Gallery

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA)

A4 Foundation


Ashraf Jamal. In the World: Essays on Contemporary South African Art. Skira Publishing. August 2017.

Ashraf Jamal. Us & Them, The Killer of The World. Art Africa. no. 4, June 2016, pages 68-71. 

Simone Heymans. Young Bright Thing. Art South Africa. Vol. 2, March 2015, 


-2016. Sean O'Toele. ArtForum. Critic's Picks. https://www.artforum.com/picks/id=64536

-2016. Nkule Mabaso. (exhibition Review). Simphiwe's Ndzube's Becoming.



Michaelis School of Fine Art Graduate Class Catalogue 2015. Cape Town

Simphiwe Ndzube, Imithungo Yezivubeko. Graduate exhibition Catalogue, 2015, Cape Town


-Vanity Fair. https://www.vanityfair.com/video/watch/journey-through-la-with-artist-simphiwe-ndzube

-ZOO #54 March 2017: http://www.martagnyp.com/interviews/simphiwe-ndzube

-Adjectives. October 2016. In Conversation with Mathew Patridge.