Percy Konqobe

Konqobe’s sculptures have been described as “lyrical”, and largely take images of human beings as their subjects. Most of his pieces remained relatively small in size, though critics noted their potentially monumental qualities. His figurative interpretations channel religious and cultural themes and Konqobe cites his dreams as major sources of guidance and inspiration. He felt a recurring dream he had in the late 1980s, involving a lion hatching from an egg, foretold the unbanning of the African National Congress and release of Nelson Mandela from prison. He created three sculptures based on these dreams, one of which was presented to Mandela in November 1990.