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Paul Sibisi

b. 1948; Umkhumbane, Durban.

A former student at Rorke’s Drift, long-serving art teacher and seasoned political and cultural activist, Paul Sibisi has been an influential figure in Durban’s art scene for decades. His paintings and prints provide cutting commentary on social injustice, with an emphasis on the affirmation of dignity of ordinary people. His aesthetic is both expressive and graphic, realist and poetic.

Education and Training


1987 Art education and Graphic Techniques, Fircraft College, Birmingham, UK
1975-77 Art Teacher, Kwathambo Combined School, Amanzimtoti & Mzuvele High School, KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal
1973-74 SA Institute of Race Relations bursary to study at ELC Art and Craft Centre, Rorke’s Drift, KwaZulu-Natal
1969-71 Art Teacher, Applebosch Training College, Oswatini, KwaZulu-Natal
1968 Department of Bantu Education bursary to study at Ndaleni Art School, KwaZulu-Natal

Solo Exhibitions


1987 My people are our people, Anderson O'Day Gallery, London, UK
1981 African Art Centre, Durban
1973 Bojo Gallery, Durban

Group Exhibitions


2016 Beyond Binaries, Essence Festival, International Convention Centre, Durban; and Durban Art Gallery
1987 Paul Mikula and Associates, Durban
1986 Contemporary African Art. Selected works from the Pelmama Permanent Art Collection, Gallery 21
1985 Tributaries, Africana Museum in Progress, Johannesburg
1984 Weddings — members exhibition, Natal Society of Arts, Durban
1984 International Print Biennale, Bradford, UK
1984 African Arts Festival University of Zululand, Kwadlangezwa, KwaZulu-Natal
1983 African Arts Festival University of Zululand, Kwadlangezwa, KwaZulu-Natal
1982 African Arts Festival University of Zululand, Kwadlangezwa, KwaZulu-Natal
1982 My environment — members exhibition, NSA, Durban
1982 International Print Biennale, Bradford, UK
1982 Art Toward Social Development An Exhibition of SA Art, National Museum and Art Gallery, Gaborone, Botswana
1981 Members exhibition, Natal Society of Arts, Durban
1981 Exhibition of Black Art as Represented in the Campbell Collections of the University of Natal
1981 African Arts Festival University of Zululand, Kwadlangezwa, KwaZulu-Natal
1981 Haenggi Foundation National Art Competition Exhibition, Gallery 21
1980 African Arts Festival University of Zululand, Kwadlangezwa, KwaZulu-Natal
1980 Members exhibition, Natal Society of Arts, Durban
1976 Urban African Art, Norman Dunn Gallery, Hilton College, KwaZulu-Natal
1974 Annual Exhibition, University of Fort Hare, Alice, Eastern Cape
1974 Two-person exhibition with Vuminkosi Zulu, Natal Society of Arts, Durban
1973 Art SA Today, Durban Art Museum
1973 Black Expo
1970 Annual Exhibition, University of Fort Hare, Alice, Eastern Cape
1968 Group exhibition, Metropolitan Church Hall, Pietermaritzburg

Awards, Fellowships and Grants


1987 British council fellowship
1984 Operation Crossroads Africa grant
1981 Art on the Mole '81 Competition first prize
1981 Haenggi Foundation National Art Competition fourth prize
1980 Art on the Mole'80 third prize
1973 Black Expo '73 Graphic art award
1973-74 SA Institute of Race Relations bursary to Rorke’s Drift
1970 University of Fort Hare Art Exhibition award
1968 Department of Bantu Education bursary

Commissions


1986 Portfolio for NAPAC

Collections