South Africa based Zimbabwean contemporary painter, Mandlenkosi Mavengere (29) has announced his collaboration with popular celebrity designer, David Tlale.

The first show titled  i’mm’i gray – tion   was held at Robeville boutique hotel in Midrand on 2 October 2021.

Please click on the gallery below to see some of the pictures.

Writing on Facebook, Mavengere said:

#Repost @davidtlale

Meet the “Black Immigrant”.

Her narrative of being caught between a grey area, black and white lines made up of attributes of #war, #racism, #politics, past & present systems of segregation.

The grey area has been turned into an inspiration for us to re-write our ancestors’ woeful #history & become their wildest dreams.

The South African culture was brilliantly represented throughout the Collection with the print and art from Mandla “@mandla_artist ” Mavengere and it’s infusion with the work of David Tlale.

Discover more about the collection #Immigraytion on

Model: @mamello_palesa
Set design + styling: @SIR.ABNER & @ve.rushka

#DavidTl #MandlaArtist

Mandlenkosi told the Sowetan Newspaper that, at first, it wasn’t easy to tap into the fashion side of art. He said he and Tlale  had to learn each other’s concepts and it took some time to find common ground.

Mandlenkosi said the collaboration was not going to be once off, but is going to be a series.

Please read the full story in today’s Sowetan Newspaper – 7 October 2021.