A lot of patience, an eye for detail, tremendous talent, practised skill and a love for what one does. That’s what it takes to create the pieces of art that Temba Masala (51) from Raaswater, a village between Upington and Kanoneiland in the Northern Cape, does.
Masala has been an artist since 1987. He first learnt to draw and paint before trying his hand at sculpture, and then discovered the medium he enjoys most: papier mâché.
Most of his creations are colourful caricatures of animals – from hyenas, meerkats and chameleons to chickens and rabbits.
Masala, who spends most of his time in the small studio behind his house, loves it when people ask him to create something for them from scratch, seeing the artwork take shape.
His wife Nombulelo (50) takes care of the detailed paintwork on some of the pieces.
His artwork is also sold at curio shops in the Upington area, at Die Pienk Padstal in Kakamas, and even as far as the Kim Sacks Gallery in Parkwood, Johannesburg, and the Heartworks arts and crafts store in Gardens, Cape Town.
Next time you’re in the Upington area, give the Masalas a call on +27 (0)76 606 5232 (Temba) or +27 (0)73 853 4309 (Nombulelo) and pop in and have a look at his works of art.