Amazing Origami Artist, Sipho Mabona Origami Master

by Sherry Riter in Art  

Folded paper. It sounds simple enough, but I find intricate folded paper origami fascinating.

Definition of origami: the Japanese art or process of folding squares of paper into representational shapes.

Sipho Mabona is an origami master artist. Mabona transforms one piece of paper into delightfully amazing bugs, fish, birds, dishes, clothes, people and, and, and…the list goes on and on. It seems that there isn’t anything he can’t create into origami sculptures.

Swarm Of Locusts Origami

For instance, using an uncut square sheet of United States currency, Mabona folded for four to five hours and created a locust. In an installation called The Plague, Mabona created a swarm of locusts. Yes, you read that right…a swarm. They are awesome!

Swarm x 5 hours each locust = lots of time to create them all

origami artist mobano origami money locusts

Koi Or Carp Origami

These fish origami have such a happy appearance and it looks like they will be leaping out of the picture at any moment!

origami artist mobano origami fish

origami artist mobano origami fish 2

origami artist mobano origami fish 3

Fish And Tiger Origami

I can’t even begin to imagine how Mabona made all those folds to create a puffy fish and lanky wild cat. It blows my mind!

origami artist mobano origami fish tiger

People Origami


The second person from the right, if you count the adult and child group as one, is holding his chin with one hand and the elbow of the opposite arm with the other hand. I can almost here him saying, “Hmmmmmm….”

origami artist mobano origami people

Pink Rhino And Elephant Origami

Oh yeah, I always see pink rhinos! LOL

origami artist mobano origami elephant rhino

Bug And Praying Mantis Origami

I’m not a bug person, but they are included for everyone who does like bugs.

origami artist mobano origami bug praying mantis

Big Black Ant Origami

The only good ant is a squished ant or an origami ant. 😉

origami artist mobano origami ant

Flock Of Origami Birds

The pastel flock of origami birds are lovely! I really love this grouping.

origami artist mobano origami birds

Origami People Hanging From Balloons

I can’t really pick a favorite origami piece by Mabona, but I’ve always wanted to float away on a balloon ever since I saw Winnie The Pooh do it.

origami artist mobano origami balloons people

Mabona can reproduce any of his pieces of art, but each origami sculpture is slightly different because they are all hand folded. Each masterpiece is created using archival quality paper, so the origami art will last a very long time.

Impressed? I think Mabona’s origami is fabulous!

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 teresa July 5, 2013 at 11:23 am

Your comments are fast again!

I love this origami. He has a great imagination.


2 Sherry Riter July 5, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Yes, they REALLY fixed the comments. 🙂

Glad you like the origami. I just love it!


3 Joan July 7, 2013 at 10:43 am

You are SOOO RIGHT! Sipho Mabona is indeed an origami master artist. Love, love, love the fish! Actually I love everything this artist does! 🙂


4 Sherry Riter July 7, 2013 at 11:57 am

Me too! I would love to have some of those fish! 😀


5 Joan July 7, 2013 at 10:48 am

You wrote, “Swarm x 5 hours each locust = lots of time to create them all.” Okay, when I read that it took Sipho Mabona 5 hours to create each locust I didn’t feel so bad at how long it took me to make a comment on your blog! 🙂


6 Sherry Riter July 7, 2013 at 11:56 am

…or to clean cabbage! LOLOLOL


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