Project Description

Loyiso Mkize

Prior to committing himself as a full time contemporary artist, Loyiso Mkize rose to prominence as on of South Africa’s best known graphic novel and comic book illustrators, being one of the foremost contributors to the Sunday Times supplement SupaStrikers. Eventually he discovered a passion for portrait painting, a medium he turns to as an avenue to express personal, political and social commentary. 

His subjects are mostly Africa and they feature expressive faces, showing a fascination with skin, texture, gaze and the emotion that is conveyed through facial features. In particular, he is interested in the ways this emotive expression intersects with notions of the soul, the spirit and ultimately a means to illustrate his understanding of the authentic African experience. Mkize’s use of highly stylized and technically brilliant brushwork creates realistic imagery that leans toward the surreal with his decorative framing and imaginative illustration, adding multiple layers to each portrait with character references and the impression of self-awareness in each of his works.

Mkize’s ability to create Visual art throughout the varied arenas he participates in, carries with it an intention to communicate ideas that he finds most important in his life, the most prominent of which is preserving the African identity.

His life work embody the message of self-awareness, acknowledgment, strength and radical presence. Its in this spirit that he hope his work can perhaps create a platform in which we can all communicate freely.

Mkize studied at CPUT in Cape Town where he achieved his diploma qualification in graphic design in 2009. In 2015 he founded his own visual arts and communication company Loyiso Mkize Art (Pty) Ltd which publishes the energetic South African superhero comic book, KWEZI. This follows his long standing and consistently growing career in the fine arts. Alongside career in visual art, Mkize has also been involved in many commercial creative endeavours, including commissions, brand campaigns and publishing initiatives. His international participation has enjoyed highlights such as being commissioned to produce nine artworks for the Hollywood crime thriller, Momentum, directed by Stephen Campanelli, and starring Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman and James Purefoy.

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Loyiso Mkize Missed Me 2019 Oil and Acrylic on Canvas Aprox 115.5 x 115.5 cm

Loyiso Mkize
Missed Me
2019
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
Aprox 115.5 x 115.5 cm
SOLD

Loyiso Mkize, Drenched in Milk, Covered in Honey - 2018 - Oil on Canvas - aprox 210 x 100 cm

Loyiso Mkize
Drenched in Milk, Covered in Honey
2018
Oil on Canvas
aprox 210 x 100 cm

Loyiso Mkize Thixo Onofefe 2019 Oil and Acrylic on Canvas Aprox 102 x 100 cm

Loyiso Mkize
Thixo Onofefe
2019
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
Aprox 102 x 100 cm

Loyiso Mkize Uhuru 2019 Oil and Acrylic on Canvas Aprox 150.5 x 150.5 cm

Loyiso Mkize
Uhuru
2019
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
Aprox 150.5 x 150.5 cm

Loyiso Mkize Istokvel 2019 Oil and Acrylic on Canvas Aprox 115.5 x 115.5 cm

Loyiso Mkize
Istokvel
2019
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
Aprox 115.5 x 115.5 cm
SOLD

Loyiso Mkize The Sun and the Sky 2019 Oil and Acrylic on Canvas Aprox 150 x 185 cm

Loyiso Mkize
The Sun and the Sky
2019
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
Aprox 150 x 185 cm

Loyiso Mkize Only The Trees Remain 2019 Oil and Acrylic on Canvas Aprox 150 x 185 cm

Loyiso Mkize
Only The Trees Remain
2019
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
Aprox 150 x 185 cm

Loyiso Mkize, Liberation, 2018, Oil on Canvas, 200 x 160 cm

Loyiso Mkize
Liberation
2018
Oil on Canvas
200 x 160 cm
SOLD

Loyiso Mkize Pray 2018 Oil on canvas 100 x 130 cm

Loyiso Mkize
Pray
2018
Oil on canvas
100 x 130 cm
SOLD

Loyiso Mkize Eternal 2018 Oil on canvas 170 x 85 cm

Loyiso Mkize
Eternal
2018
Oil on canvas
170 x 85 cm
SOLD

Loyiso Mkize Everlasting 2018 Oil on canvas 60 x 80 cm

Loyiso Mkize
Everlasting
2018
Oil on canvas
60 x 80 cm
SOLD

Loyiso Mkize Glow 2018 Oil on canvas 100 x 80 cm

Loyiso Mkize
Eternal
2018
Oil on canvas
170 x 85 cm
SOLD

Saint - Loyiso Mkize

Loyiso Mkize
Saint
2017
Oil on Canvas
100 x 80 cm
SOLD

Mbali - Loyiso Mkize

Loyiso Mkize
Mbali
2017
Oil on Canvas
100 x 80 cm

Amandla Lulwazi

Loyiso Mkize
Amanda Lulwazi
2017
Oil on Canvas
100 x 170 cm
SOLD

Awaken

Loyiso Mkize
Awaken
2017
Oil on Canvas
100 x 170 cm
SOLD

Loyiso Mkize A luta Continua, Vitoria e Certa (The struggle continues, Victory is certain)

Loyiso Mkize
A luta Continua, Vitoria e Certa
(The struggle continues, Victory is certain)
2017
Oil on Canvas
100 x 170 cm
SOLD

Bambanani (unite)

Loyiso Mkize
Bambanani (Unite)
2017
Oil on Canvas
120 x 170 cm
SOLD

Loyiso Mkize Imbokodo

Loyiso Mkize
Imbokodo
2017
Oil on Canvas
100 x 120 cm
SOLD

untitled

Loyiso Mkize
Untitled
2017
Oil on Canvas
85 x 170 cm

Crown

Loyiso Mkize
Bambanani (Unite)
2017
Oil on Canvas
120 x 170 cm
SOLD

Dignity

Loyiso Mkize
Dignity
2017
Oil on Canvas
100 x 130 cm
SOLD

The expendable

Loyiso Mkize
The Expendable
2017
Oil on Canvas
85 x 170 cm
SOLD

Loyiso Mkize
Loyiso Mkize