Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi studied at Funda Center, Soweto. He also holds a teacher training certificate from the Johannesburg Art Foundation and an Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand.
He has been invited on a number of international residencies, including the Artelierrhaus Hoherweg (Dusseldorf), Vermont Studio Center (New York), OMI International Artists Center (New York) and Kunst-Raum Stylt: Quelle (Sylt Island and Wiesbaden).
Buthelezi has had solo exhibitions in Johannesburg at the Seippel Gallery, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg Art Gallery and Spark Gallery. He represented South Africa at the Cairo Biennale in 2007, The International Biennale for Contemporary Art Prague (2005) and participated in both of the Johannesburg Biennales (1995 and 1997). In 2004-2005 he had a travelling solo exhibition on tour to Museum Goch (Kunst Raum Sylt Quelle) and Seippel Gallery (Koln).
Buthelezi has conducted workshops at the Museum of Art (Houston), Museum for African Art (New York), Royal State Theatre (London), The Drum (Birmingham), Conny Dietzschold Gallery (Sydney), Second Biennale, National Gallery (Prague) amongst others.
His works are in major collections including the Plastic Federation of South Africa (the largest collection of his early works), Daimler Art Collection, Mercedes Benz Collection, Museum for African Art, Coca Cola, The Development Bank of Southern Africa and numerous other private collections.