Sibusiso Duma

Duma is recognized for his use of familiar iconography such as the human figure and rural landscape in his narratives. There’s a consistent approach to his paintings, which despite their stark, bright and electric colours, rolling landscapes and hard shadows look in-depth at important and unresolved issues. Through his analysis of the rural environment, humour and satire prevail and this helps the viewer to understand present social conditions. The use of these personal iconographies and metaphors harvested from everyday life manifests a fine balance between fantasy and reality. In a career spanning more than two decades, his work has been typified by his treatment of the surface, subject matter, composition and the use of space and colour, which collectively create touches of mystery and intrigue.

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