Momberg was born in 1951, in Pietersburg, Northern Transvaal. He is a sculptor of portraits and figures, working in bronze, wood, ceramics and polyester resin. He studied at Port Elizabeth Technikon, under Hillary Graham and Neil Rodger, gaining a Teacher’s Diploma in Fine Art.
Anton Momberg has emerged as arguably South Africa’s finest realist in sculpture, focusing mainly on the female nude. His finely crafted work cast in marble dust and resin has an unearthly, unsettling quality that somehow makes a monolith of the contemporary female form, as distinct from the “Venus” of antiquity.
Unique to this exhibition will be 3 (of 11) marquette bronze sculptures. These sculptures are designed to not only represent the 11 official languages of South Africa, but also to symbolise the freedom and joy of the country’s diversity. Nelson Mandela’s memory is set to be honoured in a big way with this very special piece of art from Port Elizabeth taking center-stage at a new development near the late leader’s home-town of Qunu. The final sculpture will eventually tower more than 40m over the surrounding villages and will clearly be visible from the N2. The final installation will consist of 11 bronze figures of children dancing and playing, each measuring 3.5m in height, standing on top of 40m-high columns. COLLECTIVE 2018 will be the first time the marquettes will be seen in public prior to their installation at Qunu in the Eastern Cape.