Solo Exhibition by Sfisio Ka-Mkame

The African Art Centre is pleased to mount Sfiso Ka-Mkame’s solo exhibition titled Dialogue with myself, showcasing

his new series of work executed in mixed media on paper. We have become familiar with Ka-Mkame’s unique visual

language expressed in oil pastels on paper, but for this current show, Ka-Mkame has utilised mixed media on paper,

creating brilliantly textured surfaces which in turn bring out the rich oil pastel painterly marks and tones. As the bold

oil pastel colours intersect and blend with the tactile quality of the surface, the visual interplay invites the viewer to

delve for deeper meanings beyond the surface. The exhibition title, Dialogue with myself not only implies Ka-Mkame

conversing with his work as an artist, but is also directed at the viewer who is encouraged to engage in personal

dialogue with the work and to construct own personal meanings.

Active since the 1980’s, Sfiso Ka-Mkame is no stranger to the local art scene. In his early childhood years he recalls

modelling cows in clay and drawing maps for his friends. Later he received formal art tuition. In 1986, his mastery of

art techniques was recognised when he was employed as a student teacher in screen printing at the Community Arts

Workshop, located in the old station building in Durban. His art career was further heightened by his participation

in the Thupelo Workshops initiated by David Koloane and Bill Ainslie in Johannesburg. Over the years, he continued

to produce work in his favourite oil pastel medium where he played around with texture and bold tones. Ka-

Mkame’s artistic sensibility sharpened during the Apartheid era in South Africa when his artworks engaged with a

number of social issues. His work is available in a number of prominent art collections including; Iziko South African

National Gallery in Cape Town, Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg, Durban Art Gallery and University of

Witwatersrand Gallery Johannesburg and Johannesburg Gallery, to name a few.

We celebrate Sfiso Ka-Mkame in his birthday month, with this exhibition of exciting new work at the African Art

Centre in Florida Road. The Dialogue with myself exhibition will be opened by art historian Mario Pissarra (founding

director of Africa South Art Intiative) on Thursday 05 May 2016 at 17:30, please join us for the occasion. For

additional information please contact the Director, Magdalene Reddy, at 031-312 3805.

For more details contact the African Art Centre on 031 312 3804/5 or email


About the African Art Centre:

The African Art Centre is a fine art and crafts centre with a gallery and a retail outlet. Our core work

focusses on artist development, showcase and growing the creative economy.

The African Art Centre was initiated in 1959 by the Natal Region of the South African Institute for Race


Role of the African Art Centre during the Apartheid Era:

• Medium of communication in a divided society

• Worked towards bringing people with common interests together

• Public showcase of African artists and crafters

In 1984, the African Art Centre was registered as a non profit section 21 company

AAC Recognizes and addresses:

• The problems of unemployment

• The socio-economic consequences of South Africa’s history

• The need for all people to have the opportunity to work and earn a living

• The intrinsic value of human dignity achieved through being able to work

• The need to kindle and stimulate self-motivation through acquired skills

• The need for personal gain and development to be linked as directly possible to personal effort -

self-sustaining and economically


Creating an enabling environment for the sustainable development, promotion and preservation of African

arts and crafts with special focus on KwaZulu-Natal.


• To provide a platform for training and development

• To provide an outlet for promoting and selling works done by KZN artists and crafters

• To create jobs and a sustainable income for KZN artists and crafters

• To provide a professional space for young and established artists and crafters to exhibit

• To discover, encourage and nurture works of creativity, originality and the highest quality

• To communicate and document traditional and contemporary trends in local arts and crafts

• To preserve our cultural heritage