Alinah Mammy Khumalo


Mummy Khumalo was born in Sebokeng Township in the Southern part of Gauteng Province South Africa. The art bug bit quite early. I she was told it was during her early childhood days and has remained with her although she did not understand the phenomenon as she did not have refenece point in and around her surroundings. By the time she finished matric, the passion for art started growing and she opted to work as a volunteer artist around her community and as far as Soweto with the purpose of learning from their path.
In 2011, she had the opportunity to be mentored by a Cuban Professional Artist lady by the name Helen and from there, she worked as an illustrator for a few publishing companies like Vilvia and Oxford publishers doing children’s book illustrations. In 2016, she participated in the mentorship programme at Touch of Genius Gallery and exhibited at the end of the mentorship under the banner My First Time Exhibition 2016.
Mummy often experiments with different colour schemes, creating a uniquely authentic blend of art impressions that speaks of her ingenuity. Most of her works display her creativity and almost perfect ability to use of colours. Her interest in colours was inspired by the vibrancy and uniqueness of life, as such she continues to explore and question the use of different colours and schemes to disrupt the norm.
As a young female artist, Mummy believes that her ability to create art is an inherently human trait that allows her to communicate with others, express personal thoughts and feelings, while looking closer to social issues WITHIN our different cultures. For Mammy, art is a great enabler, guaranteed to connect likeminded people. She believes there is no greater feeling of freedom than getting lost in the moment while creating art.
Mummy has participated in several group exhibitions like the Absa A’Later competition, arts on the big top and other art events around the Vaal area. She also worked as a children book illustrator for some publishing companies. In 2017, she became a recipient of the National Arts Council funding to open her own art studio. She is currently studying print making at the Artist Proof Studying in Johannesburg.

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