The Ndebele Ratio

“The Ndebele Ratio” – digital giclée canvas, 50″w x 40″h (127 x 101.6cm), 2017. Part of the “Afrika” series. One original edition available for public sale; and one available for gallery/museum request. See full image at Saatchi Art.


The Ndebele people were fierce warriors and landowners in 18th century South Africa. Following a defeat in a war against Boer workers, they began to express their cultural resistance in symbolic patterns on their homes. The tradition usually done by the women was passed down over the generations from mother to mother. In the 1960’s they began to use vibrant colors, intensifying the symbolic meanings.

In “the Ndebele Ratio” the vibrant patterns are placed in a layout inspired by the Fibonacci spiral, and its relation to the mathematical golden ratio… patterns with deeper meaning.

Archival quality 10-ink printer, Breathing Color® Aqueous canvas. Full sized art is unstretched and rolled in a tube for shipping.