Kaka’s moods reflected in art

2018-07-26 06:01
Simphiwe Kaka with some of his many portraits. PHOTO: Courtesy of simphiwe Kaka

Simphiwe Kaka with some of his many portraits. PHOTO: Courtesy of simphiwe Kaka

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“Seeing people whom I mentor and teach doing art would be a lifetime achievement.”

These are the words of Simphiwe Kaka, a 28-year-old visual artist, who is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives.

The founder of Simplex Fine Art Studios in Site B, Khayelitsha specialises in charcoal drawing, with portraits being his focal point.

Kaka started drawing in primary school and his talent earned him a scholarship to study at the prestigious Frank Joubert Art School which caters for gifted kids.

He is collaborating with the Early Birds Academy to teach art to kids in his community­.

The academy, founded by Neliswa Dlula in Site C, attempts to empower learners who are born into poverty.

Kaka says that he and Dlula found that art, as a learning tool, will also bring discipline to these learners and also remove kids from the streets while teaching them entrepreneurship­.

Kaka’s art is inspired by artists such as Nigeria’s Ayo Filade and South African based Loyiso Mkhize.

He uses his art as a way to get through his depression but also as way to rescue others who may be going through the same and bring them relief.

“The work that I do reflects a mood which I feel at times. I always draw portraits in charcoal with tears of blood flowing. This is due to depression and the way I have always fought it through art,” he says.

Kaka’s biggest challenge is lack of financial sponsors to further his dream of grooming young artists.

He says that lack of art materials is what robs young kids of opportunities to express themselves through art.

“As any artist will tell you, practice will bring you close to perfection, so the key is to keep on practicing and research what other skills one can acquire from other artists internationally and the best thing to do is to choose a speciality and work on becoming better in it, most importantly, be unique and have a signature.

“Art school has also helped me by exposing me to a variety of tools and skills, such as photography, painting and pottery,” he concludes.

If anyone wants a portrait or one Kaka’s many artistic works, including denim designs, contact him on 071 860 5791 or simphiwekaka­@gmail.com.

If you would like to help or donate in our academy, Early Birds, contact Neliswa Dlula on 078 623 0934 or nelhuma3@gmail.com.

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