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Born in Eshowe, Bongi Bengu left South Africa in 1978 when her family went into political exile. Her schooling was in Switzerland and later Waterford Kamhlaba in Swaziland. As a student in Swaziland, she received distinction for a research project, which included interviewing established and major artists who later became her colleagues at The Bag Factory Studios in Newtown, Johannesburg.
It is through that eye opening exercise and exposure to the art establishment at such a young age that she decided to become an artist. She obtained a BA in Fine Arts, Cum Laude from Mount Vernon College in Washington D.C. in 1993, and and a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape town, in 1997. She has exhibited widely in South Africa, United Kingdom, America, Switzerland and The Netherlands and has participated in numerous international residencies and workshops.
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