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Thursday, June 30, 2011


(“Aloes” by Welcome Danca)

Currently running at artSPACEdurban is an exhibition of paintings by Welcome Danca.

Born in Port Shepstone in 1978, Welcome Danca was educated at Makumbuza High School in Umlazi where he started art classes and enjoyed using charcoal to draw. It was when he drew a map on the school board that a teacher recognized his talent and suggested that he attend art classes with the late Trevor Makhoba. Danca fondly remembers his art classes under the mango trees.

Danca mostly enjoys all oil painting and acrylic, and in the last three years has been doing graphic design. He has appeared in numerous group exhibitions, including Decorex in Johannesburg and KZN over the last two years. In 2008, 2009 and 2010, he was a finalist in the ABSA L'Atelier Competition. He is also represented in a number of private and public collections.

“Observation and Confirmation - a day to day life, conceptually I explore my personal memories, specifically focusing at my rural childhood. I look at how these memories influence the manner in which I respond to my most immediate space, the urban space, “Welcome Dance explains. “I look at myself as a child growing up from a rural area, the delicate family moments and at how my current urban lifestyle contrasts with my childhood. I revisit precious family moments and try to re-experience them as if they are tangible memories, I beckon the viewer to embark on my personal journey of self discovery. The reason for me to do cards its because I would every body to own a piece of my art if they can't afford to but a big painting. and also to sent for the special people all over to admire a piece of African art.”

The Welcome Danca exhibition runs until July 16 at artSPACE durban’s Middle Gallery at 3 Millar Road (off Umgeni Road) close to the Waste Centre. More information on 031 312 0793 or visit or