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.