Mbongeni Buthelezi, Painting with Plastic

Creating awareness and sometimes giving plastic a second life.


Painting is considered a ‘plastic’ art –

Plastic arts are art forms which involve physical manipulation of a plastic medium by moulding or modelling such as sculpture or ceramics. The term has also been applied more broadly to all the visual arts (such as painting, sculpture, film and photography).

A new definition has arisen with many artists using plastic in their art. Mbongeni Buthelezi, a South African artist, makes his art with plastic bags, he collects them in his city – Johannesburg and paints with them.

Using materials that are polluting the earth, he gives the plastic a second life and expresses emotion through the paintings.

“Art is a mirror of society.” – Mbongeni Buthelezi

Mbongeni Buthelezi a painter who gives new meaning to the plastic arts.

Want to see more of Mbongeni Buthelezi’s incredible plastic paintings visit his website here, Facebook here and Instagram here.


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