Agnes Lew Interviews South Africa-born Contemporary Artist Simphiwe Ndzube
By Agnes Lew
“Simphiwe Ndzube’s work just captivated my interest, and I knew that I had to interview him,” says Agnes Lew, East West Bank’s senior vice president and head of private banking. “As an appreciator of art, I can say that everything Ndzube uses, from the bold colors to how he applies different dimensions, transports you to a mystical world.”
In collaboration with the Gallery Association Los Angeles, Lew is exclusively interviewing a variety of prominent artists in the LA art scene during the pandemic to contextualize and showcase their work. To date, 81 galleries have united to create an online space called Gallery Platform LA during the shutdown to provide art aficionados around the world a way to enjoy and engage with art. Gallery Platform LA features 10 gallery “viewing rooms” along with a selected project on a rotating basis every eight weeks. East West Bank is a proud sponsor of Gallery Platform LA.
In this edition of Lew’s artist series, she talks with South African artist Simphiwe Ndzube who has been receiving a lot of attention in LA. From a video interview with Vanity Fair, to his most recent exhibition at the Nicodim Gallery in Los Angeles, Ndzube’s unique collection has traveled and received wide attention around the world. Inspired by moments in his childhood and his experience in post-apartheid South Africa, Ndzube’s work tells a story that is distinctly relevant in today’s world.