Senzo Shabangu was born in 1985 in Driefontein, Mpumalanga, South Africa. Shabangu came to Johannesburg at the beginning of 2006 to become a pilot. Instead he ended up studying printmaking at the Artist Proof Studios in New-town.
At the beginning of his career, Shabangu has exhibited in a number of group shows in Johannesburg and Germany.
Shabangu is a firm believer in community work. He donated one of his works for the Keleketla auction in 2009– the funds went into developing Drill Hall in Johannesburg. A year later, in 2010, he was among a few artists who painted doors in Hyde Park to raise funds for a children's welfare.
In 2008, he initiated the Non Profit Organisation, Makhekhe Mshini Youth Facility Management (MMYFM), in his hometown, Driefontein. The project hosts netball and soccer tournaments for the Mpumalanga youth. Printmaking (silkscreen) workshops are held once a year.
In 2008, Shabangu’s drawing was chosen to represent the
Many Voices, One Movement Global Conference at the O.R Tambo Airport. As part of the conference, which looked at poverty in Africa, Shabangu produced an edition of 63 linocut prints for the conference attendees. Among the recipients of this print was Archbishop Desmond Tutu who represented South Africa at the conference.
Shabangu’s work was also selected to form part of advertising for the World Art Summit at Museum Africa in 2009.
Early in 2010, Senzo Shabangu was the recipient of the David Koloane Award. As part of the award, he engaged in a four month residency at the Bag Factory, under the mentorship of veteran black artists David Koloane and Pat Maut-loa. Shabangu says about this experience, "Mr Koloane and Mr Pat influenced me to take my art career seriously. From their wise advice, I began to realise that I could become a fulltime artist and dedicate all my time and energy to my art. But, I still want to reach my dream of becoming a pilot."
During the residency, Shabangu worked with resident artists from around the world. He became exposed to different modes of art production: "From that experience, I learnt a whole lot more about the opportunities available through art. " From this interaction, Shabangu came out of his comfort zone, and explored different media such as video. The result was a one minute video work,
City one Minute, which he coproduced with Bag Factory resident artist.