Derrick Nxumalo is a self-taught artist with an exploratory approach to his technique and subject matter. He creates obsessively detailed, graphic representations of landscapes and cityscapes that describe his ideals for the future. Nxumalo works in ballpoint and acrylic paint on cotton needlepoint paper. He says that each piece has its own pattern, where details of vegetation and architecture are deployed with an understanding of perspective and colour in their purest forms.
Nxumalo was born in Dumisa, near Scottburgh in KwaZulu-Natal. A former gardener, miner and waiter, he added politician in 2003, when he was elected as a councilor for the district of Dududu in KwaZulu-Natal.
Nxumalo has participated in exhibitions in South Africa and abroad – the most recent being Our Africa Dreams, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, 2017.
His work is held in numerous collections including Anglo Vaal Corporation, South African Breweries, The Durban Art Gallery, University of KwaZulu-Natal and the University of Witwatersrand.