Lindiwe Xaba was the winner of the 2007 'Start. The Nivea Art Award', an award aimed at emerging artists in KwaZulu-Natal. Supported by Beiersdorf, the makers of Nivea skin-care products, the award has proved invaluable in encouraging professional development for artists through exhibitions at the KZNSA, scholarships, training and links with art training institutions and significant material prizes for the winners.
Xaba’s winning work reflected her professional context – she works at the Ardmore Ceramic Studio – as well as her personal context. Drawing strongly on Zulu culture, her home and natural environment, Xaba’s work uses imagery and text to paint a multi-faceted environmental portrait of herself in her environment.