Sungi Mlengeya

Sungi’s paintings consist of dark figures in minimal shades of black and browns against perfectly white backgrounds. Her topics vary widely from self-discovery to empowerment, but common themes in her work are centered around women, specifically black women. Sungi shades light on their stories; their journeys, struggles, accomplishments, and relationships with their immediate societies, her stories included.

She works primarily in the acrylic medium on canvas creating paintings that are free, minimalist, and with a curious use of negative space.

Sungi is a self-taught painter who in 2013 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in commerce and finance. In 2018 She left her job in banking to pursue a full-time art career.

Sungi is one of the most sought-after artists and her works in numerous important private and public collections. Her work has been exhibited at 1-54 Art fair NY/London 2020, Cape town Art fair 2020, Latitudes Art Fair 2019, and ‘Surfaces conceptual workshop and exhibition 2019 at Afriart Gallery Kampala.

1991 -
Nationality: Tanzanian