Loyiso Mkize’s solo exhibition, Reflections

Loyiso Mkize’s artwork is as beautiful as his personality – warm, bold and full of life.

I first heard of him on an ad back in 2012, with his last line “My name is Loyiso Mkize, you don’t know me yet.” and just like that, I was forever a fan. Hooked on each artwork that I have seen and that have left me impressively overwhelmed by the magnitude of what hands and passion can create.

I met this talented artist and illustrator of Kwezi (a local superhero comic book) on Saturday, 05 September 2015, during his solo exhibition in Johannesburg; which also marked the opening day for the VANSA Joburg Art Week 2015 which is took place at the Eyethu Gallery situated on the premises of Eyethu Lifestyle Centre and will run until the 1st of October. Reflections also showcased at the FNB Joburg Art Fair 2015.

Mkize deals with subjects such as culture, self-awareness and strength. His Reflections‘ artistic statement states;

“We are in that defining/redefining time in our continents history whether it’s a convenient assertion or not. It is this that I capture in my works. It is with this spirit that I take to the canvass and dare to develop a new aesthetic, a new standard, a new Africa. This for me is the principal idea when mapping the zeitgeist of my generation. We are collectively writing our future. And if this is true I move to make it a bolder, grander and glorious time.”

I used to sketch when I was younger, and after the magnificent artworks displaced by this amazing artist, I have secretly talked myself into taking pencil|art lessons.

I am inspired and wishing Mkize more success on his fruitful career and may he continue to inspire many more.

SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO: A couple seen viewing one of the images titled ' The gentleman, which was part of the solo exhibitions called

SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO: A couple seen viewing one of the images titled ‘ The gentleman, which was part of the solo exhibitions called “Reflections” by Loyiso Mkize at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Soweto, Mofolo on 05 September 2015. ‘The gentleman’, 1m diameter courtesy of Mr. Donald Diale – Buyer and collector Picture: Jabulile Pearl Hlanze

SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO: Loyiso Mkize talks to one of the guests, at his solo exhibition called

SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO: Loyiso Mkize talks to one of the guests, at his solo exhibition called “Reflections” at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Soweto, Mofolo on 05 Septenber 2015. (Paintings L-R) Spirit, Thula Sana Lwam and Pick a colour, which deals with issues and awareness around albinism. Picture: Jabulile Pearl Hlanze

SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO: Guests at the Loyiso Mkize solo exhibition called

SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO: Guests at the Loyiso Mkize solo exhibition called “Reflections” at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Soweto, Mofolo on 05 September 2015. Picture: Jabulile Pearl Hlanze

SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO: Hannah Catherine Jones (Viola artist from the UK) holds her fists up simulating at a painting titled ' Thula Sana Lwam, which was part of the solo exhibition called

SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO: Hannah Catherine Jones (Viola artist from the UK) holds her fist up simulating at a painting titled ‘ Thula Sana Lwam, which was part of the solo exhibition called “Reflections” by Loyiso Mkize at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Soweto, Mofolo on 05 September 2015. Picture: Jabulile Pearl Hlanze

SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO: A guest touches the nose of a painting titled ' A brighter tomorrow', which was part of the solo exhibition called

SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO: A guest touches the nose of a painting titled ‘ A brighter tomorrow’, which was part of the solo exhibition called “Reflections” by Loyiso Mkize at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Soweto, Mofolo on 05 September 2015. Picture: Jabulile Pearl Hlanze

SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO: Loyiso Mkize talks to guests, at his solo exhibition called

SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO: Loyiso Mkize talks to guests, at his solo exhibition called “Reflections” at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Soweto, Mofolo on 05 September 2015, by the painting titled “The gentle man”, courtesy of Mr. Donald Diale (Buyer & collector). Picture: Jabulile Pearl Hlanze

SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO: Karabo Mohlala (Saxophonist and an Artist) plays is sax at Loyiso Mkize's solo exhibition called

SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO: Karabo Mohlala (Saxophonist and an Artist) plays is sax at Loyiso Mkize’s solo exhibition called “Reflections” at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Soweto, Mofolo on 05 September 2015. Picture: Jabulile Pearl Hlanze

SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO: Guests at Loyiso Mkize's solo exhibition called

SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO: Guests at Loyiso Mkize’s solo exhibition called “Reflections” at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Soweto, Mofolo on 05 Septenber 2015. (Paintings L-R) A Brighter tomorrow and The gentle man, both courtesy of Mr. Donald Diale (Buyer & collector). Picture: Jabulile Pearl Hlanze

SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO: Loyiso Mkize poses for a portrait at his solo exhibition called

SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO: Loyiso Mkize poses for a portrait at his solo exhibition called “Reflections” at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Soweto, Mofolo on 05 September 2015. (Paintings L-R) Ikamva lehlabathi, which stands at 2.4m x 1.7m, the largest painting at the exhibition and Wena Wezulu. Picture: Jabulile Pearl Hlanze

SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO: Loyiso Mkize talks to one of the guests, at his solo exhibition called

SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO: Loyiso Mkize talks to one of the guests, at his solo exhibition called “Reflections” at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Soweto, Mofolo on 05 September 2015. (Paintings L-R) Spirit, Thula Sana Lwam and Pick a colour, which deals with issues and awareness around albinism. Picture: Jabulile Pearl Hlanze

SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO: Loyiso Mkize talks to one of the guests, at his solo exhibition called

SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO: Loyiso Mkize talks to one of the guests, at his solo exhibition called “Reflections” at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Soweto, Mofolo on 05 Septenber 2015. (Paintings L-R) Unathi and Ikamva lehlabathi, which stands at 2.4m x 1.7m, the largest painting at the exhibition. Picture: Jabulile Pearl Hlanze

SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO: A guest at Loyiso Mkize's solo exhibition called

SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO: A guest at Loyiso Mkize’s solo exhibition called “Reflections” at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Soweto, Mofolo on 05 September 2015, by the painting titled “Gqama Ntyatyambo”, which measures 2m x 1.7m. Picture: Jabulile Pearl Hlanze

SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO: Hannah Catherine Jones (Viola artist from the UK) takes a photo of a painting titled ' The gentleman, which was part of the solo exhibitions called

SOUTH AFRICA – SOWETO: Hannah Catherine Jones (Viola artist from the UK) takes a photo of a painting titled ‘The gentleman’, which was part of the solo exhibitions called “Reflections” by Loyiso Mkize at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Soweto, Mofolo on 05 September 2015. The artwork measure 1m in diameter and was courtesy of Mr. Donald Diale (Buyer & collector) Picture: Jabulile Pearl Hlanze

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