Misiwe Hadebe Ntshalintshali

Painter

She went to Madolobheni School for seven years, to Sizathina High School for two years, and then to Hlabane High School to do Standard 7 and 8.

She was at school with Hlengiwe Ntshalintshali, and they came together to Ardmore Studio, to look for work.

Fée Halsted put them to work cleaning trees, but after two days she offered them the opportunity to learn the art of painting from Philile Nsele.

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Misiwe's story

Misiwe Hadebe was born at Madolobheni Place, Loskop in 1978.

She went to Madolobheni School for seven years, to Sizathina High School for two years, and then to Hlabane High School to do Standard 7 and 8.

Misiwe has two children and is not married.

She was at school with Hlengiwe Ntshalintshali, and they came together to Ardmore Studio, to look for work.

Fée Halsted put them to work cleaning trees, but after two days she offered them the opportunity to learn the art of painting from Philile Nsele. This was in 1994.

In 1997 Misiwe left Ardmore to move to Kimberley. When she fell pregnant, however, she moved back to Estcourt, where she got a job at the Estcourt Hospital as a cleaner, for a couple of months.

In 2000 Misiwe returned to Ardmore to carry on painting, and is very happy to be back again.

Misiwe is a round lady, and her physique is expressed in her circular motifs and designs.

She takes Mavis Shabalalala’s full bead and basket design and smartens it up, into a sharper clear edged design. Misiwe also adds repeat flower designs and circles into her work.

She loves bright colours and enjoys painting Tureens. Through Misiwe’s painting one is reminded of Art Deco design. Her painting is clear-cut and tight.