Ota Benga, Never Again = #recommended


Bongani has a fire and optimism not many people can claim to have. Ota Benga, Never Again is a painting inspired by the tragic life of Ota Benga, a Congolese slave who was kidnapped in 1904 and held captive as a human exhibit at the Monkey House of the Bronx Zoo. Needless to say, Ota Benga suffered depression and shot himself. His tragic story reveals the root of racial prejudice. Above all, it reveals the danger of narrow-minded people or perhaps just a lack of education, varied experiences and most importantly – a lack of unconditional love. Its clear that from this painting Bongani invites us to exercise tolerance, love and peace. #recommended #artisttobuy



50cm x 50cm

Acrylic on canvas

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Bongani was born in Joburg and raised in King Williams Town. He’s been drawing since a young boy in primary school.He’s quite shy to speak about his artwork, but the beauty of his work speaks for him. He likes to work and experiment with different mediums combining acrylic with pastel or oil with acrylic. Hard work does not begin to define him, his subjects are well researched; and being a contemporary artist, his artworks are created from current events that anyone can relate to. 


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