Zanele Montle was born in Kwa Zulu Natal, Empangeni, on 19 October 1992. She started her Schooling at Empangeni Primary School in 1999 thereafter attended Empangeni High School from 2006 to 2010. After completing her matric with a distinction in Art she moved to Gauteng and enrolled for a National Diploma in Visual Arts at the University of Johannesburg. She completed her National Diploma in Applied Arts in 2013 and in 2014 graduated with a BTech Degree in Applied Arts at Tshwane University of Technology.


Zanele Montle is very passionate about art education. In 2019, she obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with a specialisation in Art from the University of Johannesburg. Between 2016 and 2018 Montle acquired skills in Graphic Design, Gallery Management and Marketing. ˃˃˃ While her current work has a strong sense of design elements in its effortless approach of articulating its subject matter in vivid colours, a familiarity with her concept at this point in her artistic practice, reveals a continuous questioning of what defines black identity through her depiction of everyday life activities in acrylics.