Sfiso Ka-Mkame

b. 1963, Clermont, Durban.

Sfiso Ka-Mkame first made his mark as an artist in the 1980s with his vivid evocations of the turbulence of the time. He continues to chronicle his environment, frequently tackling issues concerning violence and violence inflicted upon women. He works mostly with oil pastels, producing powerful images marked by expressive use of colour, gritty texture, and a rich delight in pattern.

Hayden Proud, ReVisions: Expanding the Narrative of South African Art, (UNISA Press Pretoria, 2006), 246 – 249

Revisions, Sifiso Ka' Mkame - pg 246 - 249


Mario Pissarra, Visual Century: South African Art in Context 1907-2007 (Vol. 3, 1973-1992), (Wits University Press, Johannesburg, 2011), 85, 88



Education and Teaching

2023: Participated in ASAI Print Access Workshop, Art Print Studio KZN, Durban.
1991: Aids in Canada workshop – posters for Southern Africa Education Trust Fund.
1987: Clermont Arts Society – founder member.
1986: Student teacher in Printmaking, Community Arts Workshop, Durban.
1983: Art classes, Little Abbey Theatre, Durban.
1982: Printmaking, Abangani Open School, Durban.
1979: Handicrafts and drawing, Mtwalume, High school.

Solo Exhibitions (South Africa)

2004: The African Art Centre, Durban.
2003: Association of Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery, Cape Town.
2002: The African Art Centre, Durban.
2000: The African Art Centre, Durban.
1996: Me and My Conscience, BAT Centre, Durban.

Group Exhibitions (South Africa)

2019: Winter Group Exhibition, Melrose Gallery, Johannesburg.
2016: Beyond Binaries, Essence Festival, International Convention Centre, Durban; Durban Art Gallery.
2007: Exhibition for ‘Revisions’ book, African Art Centre, Durban.
2006: Renault selected artists
2004: Exhibition of oil pastels, African Art Centre, Durban.
2004: Ties that Bind, The Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
2003: Veterans of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
2002: Untold Tales of Magic – Abelumbi, Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
2001: Fundraising exhibition, Ruth Prowse School of Art, Cape Town.
1999: Exhibition with with Percy Konqobe, The Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.
1999: Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn.
1999: Emergence, Durban Art Gallery, Durban; Standard Bank National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.
1990: Faith and Trust, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.
1990: Thupelo group show, Federated Union of Black Artists (FUBA) Gallery, Johannesburg.
1988: The Neglected Tradition, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg.
1988: Three-person exhibition, Grassroots Gallery, Westville, KwaZulu-Natal.
1987: Clermont Art Society group exhibition, Clermont Hall, Clermont, Durban.
1987: Exhibition, Paul Mikula and Associates, Durban.
1987: African Arts Festival, University of Zululand, Kwadlangezwa.
1986: Community Arts Workshop group exhibition, Café Génévè, Durban.
1986: Artists Against Conscription, Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Durban.

Group Exhibitions (international)

2007: Best of African Design: 100% Zulu, Oxo Gallery, London.
1997: Lifetimes: Kunst aus dem sudlichen Afrika, Out of Africa festival, Munich.
1996: Common and Uncommon Ground, South African Art to Atlanta, City Gallery East, Atlanta.
1995: Rise with the Sun, Winnipeg.
1993: Icroci del Sud: Affinities - Contemporary South African Art, 45th Venice Biennale, Venice.
1990: Art from South Africa, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Oxford.


1987: UZ African Arts festival first prize for drawing


Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg.
The Campbell Collections of the University of Natal, Durban.
Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg.
University of Zululand, Richards Bay.
Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
Quest International.
Mobil Oil Collection.
SASOL Art Collection.
The Carnegie Art Gallery, Newcastle.
Cape Provincial Library.
Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg.
UNISA Art Collection, Pretoria.


Sithembiso Sangweni, African Phoenix: Sfiso ka-Mkame, then and now, (ASAI, 2018).
Mario Pissarra, Sfiso Ka-Mkame: Charting his own course, (ASAI, 2018; originally published in 2003 for the Africa Centre in London).
Mario Pissarra, Resilience and empathy: Sfiso Ka-Mkame at the AVA, (ASAI, 2018; originally published in 2003 for ArtThrob).
Mario Pissarra, Affirmations of humanity: Sfiso Ka-Mkame’s dialogues with himself, (ASAI, 2016).