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.