Mthiyane Thokozani

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T.K. (as he is known) is a Johannesburg based artist.  He has been largely influenced by his time spent under the tutelage of artists SfisoKaMkame and Thami Jali.  T.K. has experience in children’s theatre with the Madcap’s Educational Theatre Company, after which he had his first solo exhibition at the Flat Gallery in Durban.  His artistic flair stems from his creative combination of painting and poetry.  He has exhibited for Alliance Francoise and Resolution Galleries in Johannesburg.  In 2015 he had a solo exhibition at the Mzanzi Gallery Johannesburg.

 

When T.K. paints he plays a lot of jazz in the background and that also fuels his thought process.  His works are more about personal expression and channelling of innate creative forces than they are stylistically reflexive engagements with the discourse of art history.  

 

T.K. has a profound and crate way of using art as a tool to subtly make a statement about the challenges that we face in South Africa.  He considers art as something that enriches the soul.  It is a healing process and also a tool, to him the process of making artwork is more important than what the work is trying to say.  His working process seems to transcend normal practice as his entire body is used to create his works.  He can be seen spontaneously adding collage, drawing, textual elements, mixing paints and soil with his feet and sticking objects like needles onto the paper.