Loyiso Mkize is a South African visual artist and was born in Butterworth, 19th March 1987.
He studied at CPUT in Cape Town where he achieved his diploma qualification
in graphic design in 2009. In 2015 he founded his own visual arts and communication company Loyiso Mkize Art (Pty) Ltd which produces its flagship South African superhero comic book, KWEZI. The comic book series has become a household name locally and occupies shelves in Exclusive Books and Bargain Books stores nationwide.
This follows a seven year span where Mkize worked as head illustrator of the Supa Strikas soccer comic book available in South Africa and numerous other countries. When Loyiso is
not illustrating comics, he paints.
Mkize’s painting has become a tool that he uses
to document and express his views and ideas. He
generally paints with oil paint on canvass. His
subjects, generally African, explore the complex
nature that makes up this modern man, his
environment, predisposition and culture. Mkize
focuses on the emotion, emphasizing brush
strokes on skin texture and the eyes. With strong influences from 18th and 19th century masters, Mkize reimagines his subjects adorning them and heightening their presence with a deliberate atmosphere of power, beauty and dignity. Finding the
subject’s spirit and communicating that through
the medium is an effort that he has found his
Loyiso’s first solo exhibition, Reflections of
Inner Truth, opened on
the14th of July 2011 at The Framery Art
Gallery. His second Solo exhibition titled,
Pulse, opened on the 12th of July 2012 at
the Avital Lang Gallery in Moullie Point,
Cape Town. His third Solo exhibition titled,
Reflections eternal , opened on the 6th of July 2013 at the Yiull Damaso studio and gallery in Craighall,
Johannesburg. His forth Solo exhibition titled,
Reflections, opened on the 1st of September 2015 at
the Eyethu Gallery in Soweto,
Johannesburg. Alongside these has been a showcase in the FNB ArtFare in Johannesburg, 2015 and "That ArtFare" in Cape Town, 2016. He has also done a group exhibition in New York funded by the DTI (Department of trade and industry). His international grew further when he was commissioned to creating artworks for the Hollywood crime thriller, Momentum, directed by Stephen Campanelli, and starring Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman and James Purefoy.
His venture into the art world has been well received with excited and has spawned a warm and consistent reception from buyers and collectors both locally and internationally.
Loyiso has also been involved in different
organizations and foundations using his talent. He
was the commissioned by the Rotary Club of Sea
Point to paint a massive Nelson Mandela portrait
which was later successfully auctioned in the
Leeuwenhof Premier Residence in Cape Town. More recently he has been
commissioned by the Out of Africa foundation to
paint a big portrait of Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu,
the unveiling of which was attended by the
Archbishop himself and family. The artwork is regularly hung in numerous locations in Cape Town
including the airport as a beacon of cancer
awareness. Loyiso Mkize has also been involved in
Knights whisky ad campaign endorsing the
Authentic South Africans campaign.
Mkize has devoted his career around showcasing his African heritage, centralising its aesthetic and sharing it with the rest of the world.