Atang Tshikare was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He is an artist, sculptor and furniture designer who pushes the boundaries of functional art. Currently based in Cape Town, South Africa Tshikare’s designs have reached art- and design fairs in Dubai, Miami and New York.
Tshikare is founder of his own design firm, Zabalazaa Designs. Through his practice, he has partnered with brands and other creatives including, like Okah, Adidas, L’Oreal, Belvedere among others.
Tshikare works with various mediums including leather, fabric, wood, metal, concrete, ceramic, wood, plastic, canvas and paper. His work is a combination of African inspired patterns and modern line drawings. Tshikare also pulls on African parables and storytelling to generate the mythical creatures in his work.
Tshikare has exhibited at the Toffie Festival 2012, Design Indaba 2012, Southern Guild 2012-2018. He has also been a featured designer at 100% SA, THAT Art Fair, Cape Town Art Fair, Design Discourse (Austrian), Design Days Dubai, Design Miami, and Design Basel.
In 2013, he was awarded the Future Found award by Southern Guild and Top 200 young South Africans in 2015.