Thando Ntobela was born in Bizana in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, in 1979. She is Mpondo Xhosa and sister to Zandile and Ntombephi.
Thando is meticulous in her beading. Her work is influenced by her emotions and her own spiritual journey.The motifs in her work have significance. In particular her circles which represent each persons circle of life. Her need to create these perfect circles and her attention to all detail make her Ndwangos a masterpiece, reflecting spiritual growth and therapy. Her joy in creating works, that are at times simply beautiful with no deeper meaning, reflect a sense of humour, a reminder to laugh and to see joy in the seemingly mundane.
Acknowledged in 2013 at the Smithsonian as an International artist, at the opening of ‘Ubuhle Women; Beadwork and the art of Independence’, she continues to create work that astonishes her audience with both her perception of life and dedication to detail.