Mashir Kresenshun - Under the dim room light

Artist Statement:

"My works converse about the ideologies of what makes us human." - Mashir Kresenshun

Furthermore, I narrate and depict images of the great and the awful of life as a human being, regardless of race, culture, or religious constructs, through various topics and sub-categories.

However, as an Indian individual living in South Africa, I find it challenging to understand where I stand in society in contemporary South Africa and the world at large. I am not saying I want to be known as Indian but instead as a human being. We as human beings should all strive for this unity and not be separated by socio-political issues. 

The utilisation of cardboard as a metaphor symbolises humanity. I attach cardboards with cable ties to construct sizable works. The cable ties symbolise the piecing together of humanity.

In essence, I'm a figurative artist, creating figures of emotion. I accomplish this through expressive mark-making and layers of media. I produce works of varying sizes, using an assorted range of media from drawing and painting with charcoal, acrylic and oil paint, watercolour, ink, collage to printmaking in techniques of monotypes, etchings, linocuts, woodcuts. My works are mostly depicted on cardboard, canvas, and paper.

Furthermore, through the use of varied media and research, I attempt to challenge the system of practiced thought in today's society regarding various issues surrounding humanity.



Mashir Kresenshun is an artist based in Johannesburg. He was born in 1999, a town called Greytown in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Kresenshun decided once he matriculated from high school. He would pursue a career of creativity and passion. He decided to become an artist.

Mashir Kresenshun practices in all disciplinaries in which are depicted with or on cardboard. The utilisation of cardboard as a metaphor questions the ideology of “what makes us human?”

Furthermore, he opts to practice in the mediums of drawing, painting, and printmaking, adding sculptural elements. The sculptural surface adds different dimensional plains. Kresenshun uses printmaking on cardboard as a unique mannerism, which sets him apart as an artist.

In 2019, Kresenshun received Top 20 in Thami Mnyele and Top 100 in Sasol New Signatures. He is currently creating works to exhibit in London later this year.

Kresenshun studied at the University of Johannesburg and is currently studying at Artist Proof Studios whilst working from his studio based at August House in the heart of Johannesburg.


  • Mashir Kresenshun - Under the dim room light
  • Artists
  • Cardboard and Mixed Media
  • 180 x 150 x 2 cm