Samantha Impumelelo Maseko

Samantha Maseko is a South African artist born in Mpumalanga. She currently

resides in Johannesburg where she graduated and works as a professional

printmaker and visual artist.


Samantha’s work stems from a process of learning, discovering, and healing, It revolves around the themes of feminism and identity which allows her to explore with ranges of mediums such as oil painting, collage, printmaking and mixed medium.

With aims of showing the versatility of the subject matter and allowing people to connect with the work, Samantha is interested in the historical events that leads black women to bleach their skin and replace their natural hair with synthetic or straightening presumably to fit into certain beauty standards.

Through an exploration of renaissance history and Tignon Laws, Samantha explores the intersections of identities which she departs from in her creation of a combination of little black girls and young women embracing modern afro hairstyles while wearing ruff collars[1] (which could have been taboo back then).

Samantha advocates for the celebration of afro hair and hairstyling rallying against it being regarded as a downgrade. She regards black afro as a symbol of status and power with reference to the popular terms such as “crowning glory” to refer to hair.

The series of work, "There was Shame, then came pride" and "A sense of self" serves as a cathartic dialogue between little girls and every black woman.

[1] Ruff collars refer to a a historical piece of fabric which was worn by upper-class people symbolizing "Status"

1997 -
Nationality: South African
Residence: Johannesburg