Born in Mbabane, Swaziland, Mntambo lives and works in Johannesburg. She graduated with a Master’s in Fine Art from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town (2007)2007. She won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art (2011), for which she produced the national travelling exhibition Faena. She has had six solo exhibitions at STEVENSON Cape Town and Johannesburg (2007-15) and two at Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm (2013-15). Notable group exhibitions include Regarding Africa: Contemporary Art and Afro-Futurism at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2017); Disguise: Masks and Global African Art at the Seattle Art Museum (2015) and Brooklyn Museum, New York (2016); What Remains is Tomorrow, the South African Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015) amongst others. Mntambo was shortlisted for the AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize in Canada (2014) and was a Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2013).