Wonderboy Nxumalo (1975 – August 3, 2008) was a South African artist associated with the Ardmore Ceramics workshop. Wonderboy (Thokozani) Nxumalo was born in Greytown, KwaZulu-Natal, the son of Glodia Kanyile, a housekeeper. He attended Candabuthule High School there. His mother's employer knew of the boy's artistic talent, and referred him to Fée Halsted-Berning of the Ardmore Ceramics workshop. He later had training in printmaking through the Caversham Press Education Trust. In 1994, Nxumalo joined the Ardmore Ceramics workshop. He quickly developed his own style in painting ceramics, with poetry, slogans, and anecdotes threaded around and through the images, and frequent use of a sgraffito technique. His subjects tended to more historical events and current issues than those of his more folklore-inspired colleagues, with pieces about the Anglo-Zulu War and the AIDS epidemic. Monkeys and rabbits act like humans in his illustrations, usually with whimsical effect. He traveled to Wales to represent Ardmore at the International Ceramics Festival in Aberystwyth in 2001.
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