• 23 - 26 September 2021
  • TBC

Loyiso Mkize

Cape Town based artist, Loyiso Mkize, is a contemporary painter, comic book Illustrator and author. Born and nurtured in Butterworth, Loyiso discovered the art of visual storytelling through comic books. To pursue his creativity, he studied graphic design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) which lead to him becoming head illustrator of Supa Strikas, a South African soccer comic book distributed in over 38 countries worldwide. During his several years as an illustrator, he concurrently developed his fine art career as a painter decidedly focusing on portraiture. If comic books served his childhood ambitions, painting represented his more mature ideas.

Loyiso has shown his work at the Cape Town Art Fair; FNB Joburg Art Fair, Senegal, Miami Basel and New York with a total of 5 solo exhibitions. He creates visual art that speaks to his passion for authentic African Identity. Keeping with that theme, he was commissioned by Disney Africa to create a commemorative painting for the Black Panther movie, merging his two visual styles (comic illustration and contemporary portrait painting). At the beginning of 2019, Loyiso further explores his comic style with a 10m Afro-futuristic mural titled “Exodus for the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. Following that, he was recently commissioned by Motown Records to immortalise music legend Marvin Gaye, for the Motown Records offices located in the iconic Capitol Tower in Hollywood.

With all his creative expressions, one finds a common thread of pride in his African identity and preserving it. His life work embodies the message of self-awareness, acknowledgment, strength and radical presence. It’s in this spirit that Loyiso hopes to create a platform where we can all connect authentically.