South African-based, Naledi Tshegofatso Modupi, is a contemporary illustrator and visual artist known for her versatility and her ability to seamlessly maneuver between digital art territories and traditional art mediums at a seasoned level.
Her work is mainly portraiture and the style developed can be best described as reductive or semi-abstract portraiture. She tries to convey as much individuality and personality to her subject as she uses basic shapes and colors.
Her work is heavily inspired by the beauty of blackness and the characteristics associated with black people. Through it she aims to inspire confidence and awaken hope in those who are able to find their reflections in her pieces, just as she sees her work as a reflection of the faces surrounding her, accompanied by a beautiful array of colours, shapes, and patterns.
The three pillars that inform her artistry are ‘black is beauty’, ‘black is colour’, and ‘black is bold’.
She creates in an attempt to express and release emotions associated with the injustices and challenges faced by people who look like her. She achieves this by creating various contexts for her subjects through either digital illustrations or acrylic paint on cotton and weaved canvas boards -showcasing the beauty of her subjects from different aesthetic standpoints.