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CEASER MKHIZE AND THAFA (article first published : 2002-11-17)

The African Art Centre will host an exhibition of beaded sculptures by Ceaser Mkhize and his common law wife Thafa Dlamini from November 20.

Born in Durban Ceaser Mkhize is largely self-taught. He is also a musician and plays the guitar and has a great interest in dance and choreography. He taught a group called Ikhayanihle which has performed in England.

From 1994 to 1997, he attended The Velobala Group fine art classes run by The African Art Centre. He also took part in a dollmaking workshop held at the Durban Art Gallery in 1998 where he was inspired to use beads to decorate his sculpture which he was taught to make by Hlengiwe Dube from the AAC.

From 1994 to 1997, he attended The Velobala Group fine art classes run by The African Art Centre. He also took part in a dollmaking workshop held at the Durban Art Gallery in 1998 where he was inspired to use beads to decorate his sculpture which he was taught to make by Hlengiwe Dube from the AAC.

Ceaser received a merit award for his work submitted to the 1999 Vita Craft Exhibition and was selected for the Vita Crafts Exhibition in 2002. With Thafa, he participated on the Listening to Africa exhibition held in Chicago, USA as well as Untold Tales of Magic : Abelumbi which was put together by Jill Addleson, curator of the Durban Art Gallery’s permanent collections.

The sculptures are usually large in size averaging half a metre high and depict elephants, cows, frogs, chameleons and grasshoppers. He aims to make work acceptable as living entities.

The exhibition will be opened on November 20 at 18h00 by Jill Addleson. It will run until December 14.




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