My design voice is an Afrofuturistic identity using a primal future as a source of direction. Each form I create emphasizes a sense of touch with its vibrant texture which extends between natural and man-made materials. The tones of colour are kept to natural and minimal so as to maximize the raw object and capitalize on the sense of sight. My creations are a galaxy of objects, dictating a new pulse for limited-edition African design
Atang Tshikare began Zabalazaa Designs in 2010. As a self-developed multidisciplinary artist. He has worked on various elements including leather, fabric, wood, metal, concrete, ceramic, wood, plastic, canvas and paper. His work is a combination of African inspired patterns and line drawings with a contemporary edge which he creates using various mediums.
Atang has exhibited in Cape Town, Johannesburg, NY, Miami, Amsterdam, Dubai, Switzerland and Germany. He has done illustrative and paint work for numerous companies including adidas Originals, MTV base, Migrate Magazine, Chimurenga magazine, Belvedere Vodka, Cornetto, Cotton On, Puma, Plascon and L’Oreal, Nandos, MrPriceHome to name a few.
He has been exhibited at Toffie Festival 2012, Design Indaba 2012, Southern Guild 2012-2016 exhibitions, feature designer at 100% SA, THAT art fair, Cape Town art fair, Design Discourse (Austrian collaboration), Germany, New York, Design Days Dubai, Design Miami, Design Basel.
Some of his work has been featured in Elle magazine, Elle Decoration, VISI magazine, House & Leisure, Wanted, Mail & Guardian, Financial Times, Sowetan, Times newspaper, Pin-up magazine (LA/New York), QUER (Austria), SABC 1 & 2 News, Hectic 99, CNBC Africa, CNN African Voices, Expresso Show (SABC 3) and more.