Photo of Sfiso Ka-Mkame

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. Sfiso continues to chronicle his environment, frequently tackling issues concerning women and violence. 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


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


Education and Training

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

2004 The African Art Centre, Durban
2003 AVA, Cape Town
2002 The African Art Centre, Durban
2000 The African Art Centre, Durban
1996 Me and My Conscience, BAT centre, Durban

International Group Exhibitions

2007 African Millennium Foundation B.A.D. 100% Zulu, gallery@oxo, London, U.K.
1997 Lifetimes: Kunst aus dem sudlichen Afrika, Out of Africa festival, Munich, Germany
1996 Common and Uncommon Ground, South African Art to Atlanta, U.S.A.
1995 Rise with the Sun, Winnipeg, Canada
1993 Icroci del Sud: Affinities-Contemporary South African Art, Venice Biennale
1990 Art from South Africa, MOMA, Oxford and other venues, U.K.

Local Group Exhibitions

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


1987 UZ African Arts festival first prize for drawing


Johannesburg Art Gallery
The Campbell Collections of the University of Natal, Durban
Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg
University of Zululand
Durban Art Gallery
S.A.N.G. Cape Town
Quest International
Mobil Oil Collection
SASOL Art Collection
The Carnegie Art Gallery, Newcastle, KZN
Cape Provincial Library
Wits University Art Gallery
UNISA Art Collection