Loyiso Mzike was born in 1987 in Butterworth in the Eastern Cape but studied in Cape Town where he completed a Diploma in Graphic Design at CPUT. He is currently working at Strika entertainment as an illustrator for the SupaStrikas comic book that comes with the Sunday Times newspaper every month. When Loyiso is not illustrating comics, he paints.
He said: “I am an artist based in Cape Town, South Africa. [..] I paint people and paint about people. our complex nature fascinates me and therefore compels me to expressively tell our story. My work is African and celebrates the beauty and wealth running in the veins of her people. Its in the subjects eyes, lips, skin tone/texture, dress, hair, that I draw inspiration from. the experience and stories we carry with us are the corner stones from which we mold a new identity [..]”
His subjects are mainly colored and complex human portraits in which he investigates human feelings, emotion, hopes and history. He represents the idea of cultural identity, a complex and articulated set of elements. Loyiso’s first solo exhibition, Reflections of Inner Truth, in July 2011, was followed up by another solo exhibition in 2012 titled Pulse. He was 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. More recently he has been commissioned by the Out of Africa foundation to paint a big portrait of Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu.
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