carmelart.co.zaSolomon Siko CV

Born South Africa, currently living in Mbekweni Township, near Paarl, Cape, SA

Profile: Lived in the township since the age of seven, near to Tulbagh and Wellington, Cape. Has had no formal art training but worked as a signwriter and then as a labourer on the Du Toits Kloof Tunnel. Submitted a portfolio to the Community Arts Project (CAP) and was selected for their three year course.

Awards: Various awards

Group Exhibitions: Participated in numerous group exhibitions including "Art Against Apartheid", Cape Town Parliament, Cape Town, SA Solomon Siko moved home when the group areas act was enforced and his family were moved to the new Mbekweni Township in the 1960's. He was therefore brought up during  the 1980's struggle, to an existence of hiding from the police in the bush, having no  identification document (pass) and thereby breaking the law. From these hard lessons  and everyday experiences, his colourful and vibrant paintings reflect all that is past and current in township life.

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