Themba Mantshiyo is a very passionate and multifaceted artist and designer, who uses jewellery as a medium of self-expression. In his brief career he has won numerous awards such as Thuthuka jewellery awards in South Africa and his artworks have been published in local and international magazines like Aurum eve. He experiments with different mediums and in different disciplines. He believes that art and design are connected. Mantshiyo uses an interdisciplinary approach to explore his inner self and develop his unique ideas.
Mantshiyo started his career in 2010, when he obtained a certificate in jewellery design and manufacture. He then went on to further his studies at the University of Johannesburg and obtained a national diploma in jewellery design and manufacture. He is currently studying goldsmith art and design at Tari Design School in Italy.
He believes in total design. He uses design to communicate, inform and share. Mantshiyo says “design is my language and it takes different forms and meanings through the chosen medium”.