Simphiwe Mlangeni


Simphiwe describes himself as the “new Soweto lost generation”, referring to his mixed background and Soweto roots. Son to a father who was a sculptor and performed in a theatre, Simphiwe uses a diverse medium for his art, including sculpture, painting and print-making, as well as doing physical installations at art galleries and producing art-exhibit video clips. “Being an artist is a lifestyle,” he says, referring to his interest in various modes of self-expression.

To him Superblur is “something new, it is “what comes out of inspiration”. He paints in monochrome and what distinguishes him is the use of black enamel paint instead of acrylic, which can be tricky to work with, as it takes a long time to dry.

Family features strongly in his work. He uses trees and a tap as metaphors to capture memories from his childhood of being brought up by his grandmother, who seems to exert a powerful influence on his paintings. Simphiwe uses landscape to portray foundation of and a background to a memory, whilst he identifies himself with a tree being nourished from seed by the water from the tap, which represents his grandmother.


Manifesto for The Superblur Art Movement:

1. Superblur refers to a method of creating art using the definition of the word blur.
2. Thus the focus of the art will be to make the object or classification of the art unclear or less distinct . 
3. Superblur will also focus elements that cannot be seen or heard clearly.
4. When photography is used with the elements of Superblur in mind, the camera will be manipulated or even be shaken to blur the picture and the aim is to produce images that are similar to abstract art in painting.
5. Instead of creating art for the sake of art, elements of art movements such as Superflat, Superstroke, Cubism and so forth, will be blurred in an attempt to create art that will be known as Superblur art.
6. The symbol for Superblur is the abstract bar code to differentiate it from other art movements such as Neo-Expressionism.