Meet Rofhiwa Kholomo Mudau, Limpopo-born visual artist, conceptual graphic designer, illustrator and the creator of Game-Changers series. His work was featured at the 2019 Design Indaba Festival as part of the Emerging Creatives Programme. Rofhiwa shares his experience at the 2019 Design Indaba, future prospects and how he established himself in the creative industry.
Please kindly tell us who is Rofhiwa Mudau?
I was born at Ha-Mutswana and grew up in Dopeni Village, Limpopo. I spent most of my time indoors watching cartoons and fell in love with animation. I was fascinated by the technology used in animation. I knew from that age that I wanted to be graphic designer even though I did not know anything graphic design. My parents and family have been my greatest support to fulfil my dream.
Tell us about your educational journey.
My schooling journey started at Nyatema Primary and I matriculated at Humbelani Secondary. I hold a certificate in Web design from Boston College. I went on to further study Visual Art and illustration at Tshwane University of Technology. I did only my first year at the university and I was unable to complete my studies due to lack of funds.
How did you get into art?
I was driven by passion to get into art. I started by drawing people I knew and posted the drawings on Facebook. The feedback from Facebook was overwhelming. I decided to get a job after failing to complete my studies. I worked as a professional Layout artist and a Graphic Designer Freelancer.
You were featured at the 2019 Design Indaba – tell us about that experience?
It was such an amazing and thrilling experience. I had a chance to meet other creatives with great work and that inspired me a lot. The programme reviews and provides feedback about your work and what you can do to improve. I was exposed to new ideas and ways to simplify life’s problems through art.
You created a series called Game-Changers – what is it about?
Game-Changers series is the graphic illustrations about popular people. I draw picture of celebrities and inspirational people using multiple colour pallets fused into one portrait. The aim of the series is to inspire the youth in their different creative fields.
What makes you unique from other artists?
I use traditional colour palette of the Nwenda fabric which makes me stand out. The more I use different colours, the more I still carry the same ecstatic that the fabric has. I created steps or stages that I use to produce the same work even though I am experimenting something new on the illustration.
How do you make a living through art?
I work as a graphic designer and a freelancer for other companies. It is better when you start by working and venture out in business or as a creative while you have a stable life.
Who inspire the work you do?
I am inspired by many artists and creative like Makhadzi, Poppy Mudau and Sho-Madjozi.
What are your future plans?
I want to expand my art form into 3D format on digital platforms such as my Behance website. I would like to work with Dr Colbert Mukwevho to create his clothing brand.
How can our readers find you & your establishment on social media?
They can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and for those that want to follow me on social media: Instagram – Rofhiwa Kholomo Mudau, Facebook – Rofhiwa Mdau these are the social media handles am always active on.