Young Luvo takes after dad for his art

2019-02-28 06:01
Young artist Luvo Khwehla from Makhaza showing his work.PHOTO: unathi obose

Young artist Luvo Khwehla from Makhaza showing his work.PHOTO: unathi obose

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“The majority of people in our communities do not understand the power of drawings and as artists, it is our role to educate them.”

These words come of the mouth of Luvo Khwehla, a young artist from Makhaza, who has dedicated his life to art.

Luvo (22) is a third year Graphic Design student at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).

He said he started drawing at a young age, imitating his father, Sandile Mabhexe, an art teacher at Luhlaza High School.

“My father is an artist. I used to imitate him when he was painting. Even at primary school I used to draw for fun or sometimes competing with my peers,” said Luvo.

He said he became serious in high school. “I chose Visual Arts during Grade 8 at Chris Hani High as one of my subjects. I would enter competitions and in Grade 12, I won the Best Practical Student Award,” he said.

Luvo said he takes inspiration from the environment and by what is happening in his community.

“Most of the time I draw the circumstances under which people live in Khayelitsha and about my experiences in life. We live in poverty, and escalating crime, drugs and gangsterism,” he said.

He finds a way to convey a message through his painting.

“This is how I express myself. To me it is another way of communicating because whatever I do, there is a message behind it,” he said.

He said many people don’t take art as a career, but as a hobby. “Many people don’t understand art. There were times I used to put all my drawings outside for them to see, but they wouldn’t ask questions, other than ‘it looks beautiful’ and go their own way.”

Drawing depends on his mood.

“There are times where I want to draw, but I fail, because I’m not in a good mood (then). Even if I force myself, the zeal won’t be there,”he said.

Drawing requires effort and focus. “Some drawings, I finish within a day, others take two or three days, depending on what I’m doing.”

He stated that he uses his school lunch money to buy material his material for painting. However, he stated that the main challenge is to market his work as it is difficult for young artists to break through.

“Full portraits range between 1500 to 8000,” said Luvo.

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