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SIFISO KA-MKAME (article first published : 2000-09-21)

An exhibition of oil pastels and collage by well-known KZN artist Sfiso ka-Mkame will be opened by artist Tiki Phungula at the African Art Centre on October 4 at 17h30. The exhibition has been sponsored by The Alliance Franšaise de Durban.

Born in Durban in 1963 and currently living in Clermont, Sfiso ka-Mkame will be exhibiting new works in the oil pastel and scraffito medium as well as some collage and pen and ink works which explore the issues of safe sex and caring for one another. This is a well-established artist who has been exhibiting continuously since the 1980's and his works have been purchased by all the major public and private collections in South Africa.

Sfiso ka-Mkame has long been fascinated with the female form dressed in highly decorative clothing. However, his focus is not only the decorative aspect - his figures relate to each other in space and the relationships between them are often highly charged with emotion. The light in the works is dark and stormy which also charges the atmosphere.

Some of the titles of his works speak for themselves: The power of love, Proposal Accepted, The moon shall be my witness and Spirit of the Ancestors. A new departure from his usual works are the collages with oil pastel with titles such as Let us protect one another from one another and Life is the greatest gift of all -Touch me, feel me, see me.




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