Dumile Feni-Mhlaba (Zwelidumile Mxgazi)

(South African, 1942–1991)

crucifixion by dumile feni-mhlaba (zwelidumile mxgazi)

Dumile Feni-Mhlaba (Zwelidumile Mxgazi)

Crucifixion, 1972

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pig me, brain me by dumile feni-mhlaba (zwelidumile mxgazi)

Dumile Feni-Mhlaba (Zwelidumile Mxgazi)

Pig Me, Brain Me, 1968

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two bulls mating by dumile feni-mhlaba (zwelidumile mxgazi)

Dumile Feni-Mhlaba (Zwelidumile Mxgazi)

Two Bulls mating, 1970

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untitled by dumile feni-mhlaba (zwelidumile mxgazi)

Dumile Feni-Mhlaba (Zwelidumile Mxgazi)

Untitled

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untitled (composition for j.b.byd.mf) by dumile feni-mhlaba (zwelidumile mxgazi)

Dumile Feni-Mhlaba (Zwelidumile Mxgazi)

Untitled (Composition for J.B.BYD.MF)

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Biography

Timeline

1931
Born in Worcester, Cape Province, South Africa
1963 - 1964
Treated as a patient at the Charles Hurwitz South African National Tuberculosis Association (SANTA) Hospital in Johannesburg, Dumile began his drawing career while at SANTA
1966
South Africa Breweries Art Competition, awarded prize
1968
Went into exile, first moving to London, UK and later the US
1972
Winner, U.T.A pavement Competition
1973
1st Prize for Drawing at the Sao Paulo Biennale
1979 - 1980
Visiting artist in residence at the African Humanities Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles
1980 - 1991
Lived and worked in New York, NY as a graphic designer
1991
Died in New York, NY
2003
Posthumously awarded the Order of Ikhamanga, for excellence in the arts

Exhibitions

2010
Group Show, Gallery MOMO, South Africa
Art on Paper, Gallery MOMO, South Africa
1991
Standard Bank National Arts Festival, Grahamstown (solo)
1990
Township Art from South Africa, Applecrest, New York, NY
1989
Portrait of Nelson Mandela for the Pathfinder Mural, New York, NY
1988
La Galleria, New York, NY (solo)
Uhuru: an Exhibition of African American Art against Apartheid, City without Wall Gallery, Newark, NJ (solo)
Voices from Exile (Seven SA Artists), Washington DC; Los Angeles, CA;Houston, TX; Philadelphia, PA
1987
Unlock Apartheid’s Jails, conference on children under apartheid, with Bill Cosby and the American Committee of Africa, Hyatt Hotel, New York, NY
1983
United Nations Exhibition, Commemoration of Namibia Freedom day, New York, NY
1982
Art towards Social Development: an Exhibition of Sout African Art, National Museum and Art Gallery, Gaborone, Botswana
1981
Black Art Today, Jabulani Standard Bank, Soweto (solo)
1977
Gallery 21, SANG (Cape Town Festival), South Africa
Contemporary African Art in SA, Rand Afrikaans University, Pretoria Art Museum, University of Orange Free State, William Hamphrey Art Gallery