Loyiso Mkize was born in Butterworth, 19th March 1987. From a young age he exhibited a great interest in art. Constantly sketching, doodling and painting as he grew up, his interest eventually became his passion.
His ability to paint carries with it an intention to communicate ideas that he finds most important in his life. The subjects, generally African embodies a message of self-awareness, acknowledgment, strength, presence and even hope. In a society predominantly dumbed down not to notice the human condition or system of reality, Loyiso does not pose a solution, but perhaps a platform in which we can all communicate freely.
Loyiso’s first solo exhibition, Reflections of Inner Truth, in July 2011, was followed up by another solo exhibition in 2012 titled Pulse. He was commissioned by the Rotary Club of Sea Point to paint a massive Nelson Mandela portrait which was later successfully auctioned in the Leeuwenhof Premier Residence in Cape Town. More recently he has been commissioned by the Out of Africa foundation to paint a big portrait of Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu, the unveiling of which was attended by the Archbishop himself and family. The artwork will be hung in numerous locations in Cape Town including the airport as a beacon of cancer awareness.