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“The leaves of the uMnga tree are a delicacy to giraffes and their distinctive thorns are used by the shrike bird to impale and store their prey. The tree has a complex system of chemical communication, which it uses to warn other acacia trees when an animal begins to eat its leaves. My elder aunt and father would …

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iThongo

Drawing equally upon his Xhosa heritage and his contemporary urban milieu, Andile Dyalvane crafts earthy and elegant ceramic works. As he describes: “My current inspirations are drawn from my immediate environment, inner city urban life, and its relation to where I come from.” Together with fellow ceramicist Zizipho Poswa, Dyalvane runs a shop/studio, Imiso Ceramics. Melding images and experiences gleaned from his rural upbringing and his urban adulthood, he produces vessels, platters, and home furnishings covered with abstract designs and human figures. Every color and mark on his skillfully crafted pieces has meaning. His “Scarified” collection, for example, is inspired by the traditional Xhosa practice of scarification (ukuqatshulwa). Treating clay like skin, Dyalvane incises the surfaces of the vessels in this collection with lines and patterned marks, evoking and celebrating the beauty of the patterned bodies of his youth.

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Represented by industry leading galleries.
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2021
POP UPFriedman Benda
Andile Dyalvane: iThongoFriedman Benda
2016
Andile Dyalvane: CamaguFriedman Benda
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uMnga (Acacia Tree), 2020

Partially glazed terracotta clay
30 1/4 × 32 1/2 × 25 in
76.8 × 82.6 × 63.5 cm
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New York, Miami
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“The leaves of the uMnga tree are a delicacy to giraffes and their distinctive thorns are used by …

Medium
Certificate of authenticity
Included (issued by gallery)
Series
iThongo

Drawing equally upon his Xhosa heritage and his contemporary urban milieu, Andile Dyalvane crafts earthy and elegant ceramic works. As he describes: “My current inspirations are drawn from my immediate environment, inner city urban life, and its relation to where I come from.” Together with fellow ceramicist Zizipho Poswa, Dyalvane runs a shop/studio, Imiso Ceramics. Melding images and experiences gleaned from his rural upbringing and his urban adulthood, he produces vessels, platters, and home furnishings covered with abstract designs and human figures. Every color and mark on his skillfully crafted pieces has meaning. His “Scarified” collection, for example, is inspired by the traditional Xhosa practice of scarification (ukuqatshulwa). Treating clay like skin, Dyalvane incises the surfaces of the vessels in this collection with lines and patterned marks, evoking and celebrating the beauty of the patterned bodies of his youth.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
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