|Born 30th April 1968 in Cape Town.|
Mtakatya completed his
education at Guguletu High School in 1986. An active member of the Cape
Youth Congress he was detained in 1986.
In 1987 he was able to attend drawing lessons at the Community Arts Project in Woodstock part time. He graduated in a course in media and continued to study the visual arts part time. His interest led him to complete the four-year study of Fine Arts at The Foundation School of Art and receive his Diploma in Fine Arts in 1993.
Since then he has been involved in community projects teaching children and adults in art and media workshops or participating as a practicing artist. In this capacity he taught screen-printing to unemployed mothers from the underprivileged areas such as Crossroads near Cape Town. He has assisted and convened workshops in the Boland and other rural areas organized by C.A.P. (Community Arts Project), the ANC and other progressive organizations in the Western Cape.
Mtakatya established a successful studio workshop in Khayelitsha (Khaymep). He has also facilitated several fine art workshops for children and adults, (eg screen printing).
Quote from the program of his solo exhibition at the AVA:
“Mtakatya’s pastels portray an episodic sequence of daily experiences. Life is like street theatre, he says, with a lot of improvisation. Life is love, betrayal, is lust, and is colourful, he continues. One needs to look behind curtains and under the carpet! Then one will see the sequence of the episodes of life.”
With his vibrant colour combinations, his well-developed draftmanship, his strong sense of line and his engaging African characters who are caught in typical local adventures, he harmonises the scenes in his work, filling them with warmth to feed his soul and build his inner strength.
He has collaborated with several artists such as Louis Jansen van Vuuren, Wiseman Zwane, Tamlin Blake, Velile Soha, Claudia Francia and Uta Gobbel Gross, amongst others. His work hangs in the public collections of SA Breweries, Nando’s in London, Old Mutual, Niedersachsichs Bildunginitiativen Hanover, Germany and Spier. In 1993 he was commissioned by the Nico Malan Opera House ( now Artscape ) to paint a mural, addressing issues of urbinization. He has also worked in Germany for several months at a time, participating in workshops and painting murals there.
Artist: XOLILE MTAKATYA
Title: Making Ends Meet
Size: 70 x 70 cm
The ritual and fetish figures often portrayed in Xolile Mtakatya's works are not always used for their original symbolic significance, but rather for their inherent beauty and to elicit an emotional response in the viewer. These objects serve as modern-day metaphors in their efforts to facilitate social change among the diverse cultures globally.
source: January 2002 Art News that is edited by Jean Campbell.
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