Biography TVT Mzamane
TVT Mzamane was born in Roma, Lesotho, in 1970. Raised by parents who were anti-apartheid activists banned from their own country Mzamane has experienced many cultures, peoples and places. Experiences in countries like Nigeria, England, Botswana, and the United States have shaped his views.
Educated in architectural technology and draughting in the United States he returned to South Africa in 1993, working there until his return to the United States in 2000.
A student of carpentry, metallurgy, art and the architecture of the Xhosa Zulu and Khoi peoples of Southern Africa Mzamane spent substantial amounts of time touring the country and learning from its great masters and developing his art.
He has had several one-person shows at galleries and corporations in the United States, including a month long exhibit celebrating Black History Month at the corporate offices of PECO Exelon in Philadelphia and a 14 day exhibit at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Swaziland in Washington D.C.
His work has been featured in several group shows and cultural events, including The Emerging Philadelphia Artists Showcase in March 2003 and in A Presentation of the Arts, an event sponsored by The Royal Treatment Gallery, held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
TVT Mzamanes work is held in various private and public collections including those at the Aces Museum for Minority World War II veterans and by poet Sonia Sanchez. His work is on permanent display at Africa on Main Gallery, Philadelphia, and Simones Art Gallery, Chester, Pennsylvania; as well as in several South African institutions.
He has been commissioned to do work for the Philadelphia Zoo, the Germantown Medical Center, Philadelphia and by Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu. Two works, one which was autographed personally by the Archbishop.
Mzamane has been featured in Paint Magazine, a quarterly focusing on the Philadelphia International Art Expo. He has also been invited to give several radio interviews.
Although, TVT Mzamane holds two associate degrees in the architectural field; his art is his passion and career choice.