Born in Swaziland 1982, Mbongeni’s artistic journey was founded during his schooling career at Waterford Kamhlaba. Before moving to South Africa, he completed his studies in Fine Art via correspondence with the University of South Africa and furthered it at the Tshwane University of Technology when finally taking the step to move. He then chose to expand his creative practice by studying 3D animation, while practicing art at the August House studio in 2005. It was in 2008 that he dedicated his time to practicing full time as an artist.
Mbongeni is inspired by the identity of Contemporary African woman and the various contexts and narratives that are bound to them. Their traditional headdresses symbolize womanhood and power and negates the aspect of contemporary women, particularly African women as a commodity according to this. He visually deconstructs his subject matter through various forms of mark-making, scraping, splashing and stroking in order for him to rebuild their appearances with a monumental appeal.