Simphiwe Kaka is a Cape town based emerging artist who uses his art as a commentary on the political climate and contradictions that drive his society. His paintings are created using oil on canvas utilising the style of Sfumato created by Leonardo Da Vinci, blended with the impasto technique to create his own unique identity.
All of Simphiwe’s paintings can be identified by a unique red paint drip on the left that he calls ‘The Sacrifice’ and signifies the six weeks of that it takes him to complete a single art piece.
In the artists words:
My work focuses on portraiture and the inspiration is drawn from how the youth view the current political climate in their society and I also juxtaposition them in landscapes that do not exist so as to outline their need to change the world.
I love hiding certain information in the artwork and do this so that the viewer can find them if the can. My work is filled with symbolism which is inspired by Da Vinci.
Achievements and Associations:
2003 - 2007 Graduated from Frank Joubert Art school - awarded the best student scoring a 100 percent aggregate in design.
2016-2018 Full-time independent artist, creating commissioned works for clients in South Africa, USA, UK and Dubai.
2018 Artist feature on City Vision newspaper which is published by news24.
2018 Fugly art gallery Cape Town, group exhibition.
2019 Assistant to Cinga Samson for a period of one year and left him this year 2020 to work on my own body of work.
2020 UK, JAM commissioned three artworks for fundraising.