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Friday, August 20, 2010


(Pic: “Flying away” - acrylic on canvas by Sibusiso Duma, 2010)

Sibusiso Duma observes landscape, witchcraft and township life in his artSPACE exhibition.

A Time to Love is the title of an exhibition by Sibusiso Duma about observations on the landscape, witchcraft, and life in the township. They are all about daily life of black people in South Africa.

Born in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, in 1978, Sibusiso Duma is primarily a self-taught artist. His talent was later fostered by the late Trevor Makhoba (1956-2003), who was well-known for his controversial and socially critical painting style and founder of the Philange Art Project based in Umlazi. Makhoba mentored Duma from 1994 to 2003. Every day after school he painted alongside Makhoba, and much of his mentor’s influence can be seen in Duma's earlier work.

Since his modest beginnings, Duma has been steadily building a reputation within the Durban art world. His paintings depict familiar activities from the rural areas in KZN and his rendition of figures and their environment reference illustration and the tradition of story-telling. This is fitting as Sibusiso Duma's work often illustrates a narrative or allegory.

Hovering between reality and fantasy, Duma's paintings are repositories of life experiences and childhood memories. He has presented numerous exhibitions with his former teacher and pupils at the African Art Centre in Durban and two solo shows throughout his young career.

A Time to Love runs from August 23 to September 11 in the Middle Gallery of artSPACE Durban which is situated at 3 Millar Road (off Umgeni Road) close to the Waste Centre. More information on 031 312 0793 or visit or