Gcai says his work draws inspiration from culture and religion. "During apartheid, Resistance Art in SA was very instrumental in addressing injustices and inhumanity. In contemporary SA much has evolved, especially in religious spaces. I firmly believe that contemporary art should chart new ways to communicate and redress unjust conditions," Ngcai says.
His latest work speaks to how certain religious cults are ensnaring their congregants. His sculpture entitled "Isigu", or "The Snare", bagged him the title of overall winner of this year's PPC Imaginarium Awards at an awards ceremony held at the UJ Art Gallery earlier this month.
Explaining the thought process behind his winning sculpture, Ngcai says, "In my work I use a very simple but effective hunting tool as an analogy for how certain religious cults are ensnaring their congregants. I hope the artwork can galvanize our society and help them re-define and re-imagine religion."
The PPC Imaginarium Awards is an art-and-design contest that aims to maximise the opportunities available to emerging artists by providing them a platform to showcase their work. Participants are encouraged to blend imagination and design using cement and raw materials.
"This is my first major award after almost a decade of participating in various art competitions, and it arrives on the back of The Best 3-Dimensional Artist award I received in the Eastern Cape Cultural Awards in December 2018. To be recognised and acknowledged as an emerging artist is encouraging and motivating."