- The talented artist creates lifelike wax sculptures
- He studied fine art at the Durban University of Technology
- He plans on opening his own wax museum and creating jobs
Lungelo Gumede creates lifelike wax creations of famous South Africans, from soccer players, church leaders and politicians.
He rose to fame when he his sculpture of gospel singer Sfiso Ncwane was displayed next to the singer's coffin at his funeral at Moses Mabhida Stadium according to the dailysun.co.za.
Gumede's talented hands have taken him around the world to countries such as Italy and Turkey.
“I believe my skills will earn me big rewards,” he said, confident in his abilities.
He said that presenting sculptures of Oprah Winfrey and John Legend would be a high point in his career.
Briefly.co.za learned that he presented Jacob Zuma with a sculpture in his likeness which is on permanent display at the Durban Conference Centre.
His sister is Ayanda Ncwane, the widow of Sifiso. He believes that his success in art has shown him that anything in life is possible.
He has made a number of sculptures of famous politicians including a series of ANC Presidents, including Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Cyril Ramaphosa.
Gumede has also created sculptures of sports heroes such as soccers stars Teko Modise and Siphiwe Tshabalala.
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He says that it used to take him as long as one month to create a single sculpture and now he completes one in only two weeks.
“I decided to study fine art at the Durban University of Technology but wasn’t good at theory. I learnt about sculpture doing my practicals in 2006 and started sculpting the next year.”
“I plan to open the Lungelo Wax Museum and create job opportunities,” he said.
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