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THE OTHER SIDE OF ME (article first published : 2004-09-25)

The BAT Centre’s Democratic Gallery is hosting an exhibition by self-taught artist Siza Mkhize.

Ceaser (Siza) is a self-taught artist born in Durban KwaZulu Natal and spending most of his life in the city. From a very young age he enjoyed drawing, teaching himself from school books until eventually in 1994 he joined the Velobala Group of art classes run by the African Art Centre.

There he received formal training in visual art making. He enrolled in this programme for three years. On a part-time basis he joined the workshops held in the Durban Art Gallery of doll making. From these training courses he has moved into creating his own style in doll making, into decorative deaded sculptures.

He has exhibited in number of group exhibitions and has had a solo show at the BAT previously entitled Kwasukasukela in the Democratic Gallery in November 2001. He has also received a merit award for his work submitted to the 1999 vita Craft Exhibition and was selected for the Vita Craft Exhibition in 2002.

He also participated in the exhibition called 'Listening to Africa' which was held in Chicago, USA; Untold tales of Magic (Abelumbi) curated by Jill Addleson of the Durban Art Gallery. Five of his outstanding beaded angels were chosen to decorate the judges' chambers at the New Constitutional Court in Johannesburg.

In this particular exhibition he demonstrates his painting skill through watercolour and acrylic works. He paintings depict things that sound him with emphasis on humour, he talks about his neighbourhood and scene of township life.

Besides his interest in visual arts, he is also a musician, a guitar player and has great interest in dance and choreographiy.

The exhibition runs until October 5.




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