Ndabuko Ntuli was born on 1 July 1975, deep in Kwa- Zulu- Natal villages under the Drakensberg Mountains. As a self taught artist who never had any formal art training, instead he got the influence from his grandfather who was also an artist and a prolific sculptor, using stone as a medium of expression. His grandfather (Masobeshe Ntuli) worked in stone carving from the mid 40s until the day he passed away in 1985. Ndabuko has sold most of his work at commercial galleries for the past 15 years with most of his work in private collections across the world.
In 2015 He was selected as part of only three artists who travelled to participate in Color me Africa Chicago art fair in commemoration of the 20 years of Democratic rule in South Africa. His work is more focused on African themes and fusing those with contemporary subject matter to create great combinations of traditional and contemporary themes.
Ndabuko is a recording traditional Maskandi Music Artist with five albums behind his name; he has worked along the best respected musicians in the country. He also is a practicing traditional healer using bone throwing as his main divination medium. Ndabuko Ntuli is a dedicated artist with a well advanced attention span and drive to achieve the highest possible standards of production. His ability to adapt to very stringent production circumstances are manifested in his approach to working spirit and tolerance, where he used a small shack as his studio for the past 16 years has given him the ability to develop strategies of coping with difficulties in the industry.
Ndabuko's main inspiration for his work is his cultural background. He focuses on African themes and fuses these with contemporary subject matter to create powerful combinations of traditional and contemporary imagery. In his spare time he records traditional Maskandi music, and has released five albums over the years and has worked alongside some of the best respected musicians in the country. He is also is a practicing traditional healer using bone throwing as his main divination medium.
He recently found a way of fusing all three of his talents into his work by using bones, predictions and messages to compose his new works, a new series he is working on titled “listen to the bones” which uses bones to interpret situations and circumstances in our day to day lives and national discourse.