Sociocultural themes in the art of Velile Soha

by Sule Ameh James

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Born in Cape Town in 1957, Velile Soha was interested in art from a young age. This interest was nurtured through Soha’s informal education at the Nyanga Arts Centre in the 1970s. It was there that he was encouraged to apply to study at the Evangelical Lutheran Art and Craft Centre (commonly known as Rorke’s Drift), KwaZulu-Natal, where he enrolled in 1981. Established in the 1960s, Rorke’s Drift was one of the earliest centres that provided art training for black South Africans under apartheid. It aimed to nurture the artistic heritage of Africa in its practitioners. 

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