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 are part of numerous important private and public collections. Her work has been shown in several art fairs, including 1-54 Art Fair New York and London, Cape Town Art Fair and Latitudes Art Fair, and has been shown in ‘Surfaces’ conceptual workshop and exhibition 2019 at Afriart Gallery Kampala, at Ross-Sutton Gallery, Unit London, in ‘A Force for Change’ – a UN Women exhibition, among others. Currently her debut solo exhibition ‘Just Disruptions’ is on show at Afriart Gallery. 

Selected Press

Chloe Ashby for Toast Magazine: Painting Women into a Limitless Space – In the Studio with Sungi Mlengeya. 2021. 

Jillian Caddell for Apollo Magazine: The Apollo 40 under 40 in focus. 2020.

Binwe Adebayo for Nataal: Sungi Mlengeya: Revel in the magic of this artist’s mesmerizing portraits of East African women. 2020.

Ayla Angelos for It’s Nice That: “I’m painting women into a space of fairness, equity and freedom”: Introducing the work of Sungi Mlengeya. 2020.

1991 -
Nationality: Tanzanian