Speelman Mahlangu was born in Germiston, on the 1st of October 1958 and died suddenly in October 2004. After attending Masthediso Western Province School, he enrolled at Katlehong Art Centre to focus his efforts on sculpture and drawing. Along with his participation in a number of exhibitions through the Art Centre, Mahlangu has created an individual reputation for himself as a creator of uniquely African imagery. His work has long depicted this notion of nostalgia and homecoming, surrounded by a strong influence from the African continent, through South African icons and ancient symbolism, which are somewhat reminiscent of Egyptian hieroglyphics.

Drawing inspiration from the ancient mythology and folklore of the region’s various tribes; Mahlangu’s pieces capture the essence of the Southern African experience and aesthetics. His imagery does not represent of any particular period in time, but rather emphasizes the bond that exists between contemporary Africans and their ancestors.