Nontsikelelo Mutiti is a Zimbabwean-born artist and educator working across disciplines. She received a diploma in multimedia from the Zimbabwe Institute of Digital Arts in 2007 and an MFA with a concentration in graphic design from the Yale School of Art in 2012. Nontsikelelo has been engaged in an investigation of the African Hair Braiding Salon since 2012 and continues to produce work in the form of print media and video such as publications, posters, screen printed tiles, and repeat patterns and stop motion videos based on the motifs and other imagery associated with the work and art form of braiding.
Nontsikelelo has received support in the form of residencies and fellowships from the Laundromat Project, New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Detroit, Detroit and Recess, New York. She is currently engaged in a year long residency with the Centre for Book Arts in New York.
Her work has been included in group exhibitions, namely, Salon Style at The Studio Museum in Harlem, After Afropolitan at Weeksville Heritage Centre, Funkgodjazzmedicine produced by Creative Time, New York, Give/ Take at the Community Folk Art Center for the Department of African American Studies at Syracuse University, Syracuse, A Celebration of Colour with Gallery North in Setauket, New York and the Armory Show in New York as well as Remitting Default: Sonic Diagrams at Recess Activities, New York
Nontsikelelo teaches Design Principles, Information Aesthetics and Cross Cultural Video Production in the New Media Department at State University of New York, Purchase College where she holds the position of Assistant Professor.