Ancestral Kingdom 292 x 478, linocut
Ezekiel Budeli represents the right of every citizen to choose his/her trade, occupation or profession freely by focussing on fishing as one of the most ancient of trades, where the connection between work and being able to eat and make a living is most obvious and direct. Inspired by his own childhood experience in rural Venda, the artist pictures a group of fishermen at a river, one on the banks, the others in the water. They are using an old, traditional method where fish are caught in cone shaped woven baskets, the historic root of the more modern methods employed today. By referring to the ancient past and rendering the fishermen as anonymous, token figures, the artist creates an almost timeless, primeval image that commands a universal validity.
Ndeweleni Ezekiel Budeli,was born in Venda near Sibasa, in 1965. He obtained a diploma in Fine Art from the African Institute of Art. He started training as a printmaker in 1994 at the Artist Proof Studio. The artist has participated in various regional exhibitions and workshops since 1990 and contributed to several mural projects, as well as teaching art to children at the Soweto Careers Centre and at the Takalani School of the Mentally Handicapped.