Loyiso Mkize is a South African visual artist and was born in Butterworth (eGcuwa), 19th March 1987.
He studied at CPUT in Cape Town where he achieved his diploma qualification in graphic design in 2009. He recently founded his own visual arts and communication company Loyiso Mkize Art (Pty) which publishes the energetic South African superhero comic book, KWEZI. He also illustrates the SupaStrikas comic book that comes with the Sunday Times, YOU, DRUM and Huisgenoot magazines every month. When Loyiso is not illustrating comics, he paints.
Loyiso’s painting has become a tool that he uses to document and express views and ideas. He generally paints with oil paint on canvass. His subjects, generally African, explores the complex nature that makes up this modern man, his environment, predisposition and culture. Mkize focuses on the emotion, emphasizing brush strokes on skin texture and the eyes. Finding the subject’s spirit and communicating that through the medium is an effort that he has found his voice in.
Loyiso’s first solo exhibition, Reflections of Inner Truth, opened on the 14th of July 2011 at The Framery Art Gallery. His second Soloexhibition titled, Pulse, opened on the 12th of July 2012 at the Avital Lang Gallery in Moullie Point, Cape Town. His venture into the art world has been well received with excited reviews from The Weekend Argus, Atlantic Sun, Muslim
Views and the Art Times. He was also interviewed on the 2 Oceans Vibe radio, Bush radio and did a movie preview talk on the Expresso show. Other features include Between 10 and 5creative showcase and Africlectic online magazine.
More recently he has had feature article in Blaque magazine and a The Star newspaper. Loyiso has also been involved in different organizations and foundations using his talent. He was the commissioned by the Rotary Club of Sea Point to paint a massive Nelson Mandela portrait which was later successfully auctioned in the Leeuwenhof Premier Residence in Cape Town. He was one of a few artists asked to exhibit at The 2012 Art & Life Charity event at the Val de Vie estate in Paarl. More recently he has been commissioned by the Out of Africa foundation to paint a big portrait of Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu, the unveiling of which was attended by the Archbishop himself and family. The artwork will be hung in numerous locations in Cape Town including the airport as a beacon of cancer awareness.
Loyiso Mkize has also been involved in a new Knights whisky ad campaign. The advert has been broadcasted on SABC, eTV, African Magic, Mzantsi Magic and Channel O. He continues to be a brand ambassador for Knights Whisky endorsing the Authentic South Africans campaign.
This exposure and growing presence has created a solid market both in and out of South Africa. His artworks have found an audience and a home in the USA and the UK.
His ability to paint carries with it an intention to communicate ideas that he finds most important in his life. The subjects he portrays embody a message of self-awareness, acknowledgment, strength, presence and even
hope. In a society predominantly dumbed down not to notice the human condition or system of reality, Loyiso does not pose a solution, but perhaps a platform in which we can all communicate freely. I leave them with.
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