Living in the city brought Madolo close to the realities of urban life. This presented interesting paradoxes, which influenced the artist to start implementing elements of paradox into his work.

Mncedi Madolo, born in 1988, completed his national diploma in Fine Arts at Walter Sisulu University in 2014, where he majored in painting. While studying, he followed his entrepreneurial spirit and founded Smoked Beef Studios, a creative hub and visual art station located in East London. With a desire to develop further, he completed a business skill diploma with SEDA in 2015 while doing graphic design, brand identity and  commissioned work. The artist moved to Johannesburg in 2017 to embark on a full-time career as an artist.