Ande Magoso Disturbingly brilliant!

Ande Magoso’s work is intriguing and compelling.
The initial reaction may be one of shock, as many of the images depict figures that some religions associate would with the embodiment of evil – A human with the horns of a goat.

But nothing could be further from the truth.

We chat with Ande about his works and what inspires him and gain a fascinating insight into his wor

ICONIC: Do you have any formal training in your discipline or are you self- taught?
Ande: My brother is the person who I can say triggered my love for drawing at a very young age.
As a hobby he would make realistic pencil drawings of his favourite musicians and I just remember at the age of seven being jealous and inspired by how well done his drawings were.
This led to frequent drawing sessions whenever I wasn’t busy with school work or chores.
So my brother’s drawings is what really made me interested in art at a very young age.

In 2017 I was part of the African Art Centre’s skills development programme and that was the first time I got any form of art training.

I then enrolled in the BAT Centre’s Visual Art AIR (Artist In Residency) Programme in 2019, where I got more training. But I have never been to any higher learning institution.

ICONIC: When/how did you develop your talent into something which you could potentially earn a living from?
Ande: It was after I completed The BAT Centre’s Visual Art Programme in 2020 when my work was developed enough to attract buyers.
Also, the conversations I’ve had with other creatives have helped me understand the art world better.

ICONIC: What advice you would give to anyone wanting to follow their passion and earn money from their art?

Ande: Making art so that you can earn from it is not an easy thing to do.
But I believe producing art simply because you’re passionate about it is the first step into actually making a living out of it.
I say this because even if you struggle to earn money from your art you won’t stop producing since you’re passionate about it.
This is what will then lead you to making money from it because the act of consistently making art improves your craft, which I believe attracts buyers eventually.

Iconic: What inspires you?
Ande: I draw inspiration from anything I receive with my five senses really, it could be a scene from a good horror movie, the sound made by a Southern ground hornbill, and how pages of an old book smell or just a conversation I had with a friend.

However, the inspiration for the body of work I’m currently working on stems from my reality of having a Zulu father and a Xhosa mother, growing up in a Zulu predominated community and how all that impacted my childhood and made me the person I am today.

With my work I focus on my maternal and paternal cultural background, and how they often lead to confusion and misinterpretation when combined.

I realised that I was also misunderstood and misinterpreted as a kid cause I spoke isiZulu and mixed it with a bit of isiXhosa. So with my art I am, in a way, expressing those emotions I failed to express as a misunderstood kid.

A humanoid with goat horns on the head is usually associated with something “evil”, but that is not the idea I am portraying.

However, I have no problem with the misinterpretation of my work because I have been misinterpreted and misunderstood for the longest time because of my biological history and I believe nothing tells that story best like artworks that are also misunderstood sometimes.

ICONIC: What genre do you believe your work falls into (if you believe you fall into a specific genre)
Ande: At the moment I would say my work falls into the figurative painting “genre”.

ICONIC: What is YOUR process when creating a work?
Ande: Many artists believe that you shouldn’t wait for inspiration to start working, but I disagree with that.

Of course you can go to the studio and start expressing whatever random idea or mood you are in, but for me to produce an artwork of good quality and depth, I personally need to be inspired first.

I need to have a good idea of what I want to create.

Once that is done I then merge that inspiration or idea I have with the mood it gets me in. This is an attempt to give the artwork not only a concept but also a mood. I do this because I would like the viewer to not only understand what the work is about, but also to be immersed into the artwork.

With the use of mixed media; charcoal, soft pastels, and acrylic paint, on brown paper, I blend animal characteristics with human figures. Most of the time, I use goat and sheep traits since goats are typically used in Zulu rituals whereas sheep are often used in Xhosa rituals, or at least the tribe of Xhosas my mother is from.

The time I spend on an artwork usually depends on the size and complexity the piece, but it never takes less than 5 days.

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