Sungi Mlengeya was born in 1991 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She is a self-taught painter whose figurative portraiture is a commemoration of women who surround her. She hopes to show her subjects and audience the freedom and power they possess, by capturing them in an indomitable light and suspending them in infinite spaces filled with possibilities.
Sungi’s work has been collected extensively and shown widely. In 2021, the artist presented a booth at Art Basel Miami Beach titled 'Unsettled Minds' following her debut solo exhibition 'Just Disruptions' at Afriart Gallery in Kampala. The artist was also part of 'A Force for Change' by UN Women, an art exhibit and auction benefiting black women across the world. Other group exhibitions include 'Black Voices: Friend of My Mind' at Ross-Sutton Gallery, 'The Medium is the Message' and 'Drawn Together' at Unit London, '1-54 Highlights' at Christie’s London 2020, 'Playing to the Gallery' and 'Surfaces II: Gender Identity Rebellion' at Afriart Gallery, 1-54 Art Fair 2020 London and New York, and Latitudes Art Fair 2019 in Johannesburg. In 2020, Sungi was honoured in Apollo 40 Under 40 Africa, a selection of the most inspirational young people in the African art world.