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Saturday, July 23, 2011


(“The unknown”: mixed medium by Sihle Biyela, 2011)

A solo exhibition of paintings by hard-working up-coming artist Sihle Biyela titled Identity a-waits opens at the BAT Centre’s Democratic Gallery on July 27. Fresh from University, Biyela is ready to break the ground in the art making field. Without letting a lack of resources get in her way Sihle Biyela use every tool as a weapon. In this exhibition, she speaks mostly about self-discovery and how one’s identity evolves over time. Her technique is very close to collage but at the same time works well with her sketch drawings.

Announced as ABSA L’Atchers prestigious achievement finalist for 2011, Sphesihle Nonkanyiso Biyela was born on November 11, 1986, in the rural part of Zululand at Enseleni. Even though she grew up at Empangeni she went to a Christian primary school in Richards Bay. She matriculated at Grant Leigh at KwaMbonambi in 2004. Achieving a Distinction in the subject of art, she then studied Fine Art in Grahamstown. Graduating with a Degree in Fine Art in 2007.

Identity a-waits opens in the Democratic Gallery at the BAT Centre at 18h00 on July 27 and runs until August 26. The BAT Centre Trust is situated at 45 Maritime Place in the Small Craft Harbour, Durban. More information on 031 332 0451/2079, fax 031 332 2213 or cell 078 089 1040. For details of art exhibitions contact Nomusa Mtshali on 031 332 0451 or email