Tunde Folawiyo | African Art Icons: William Kentridge

Renowned throughout the art world for his creative works, William Kentridge remains one of Africa’s foremost painters. The artist from South Africa has spent decades developing his craft, creating a number of significant works throughout Africa. Tunde Folawiyo and other collectors of African art may be fascinated by the legacy of William Kentridge and how his paintings have forever forged an impact upon the vibrant world of African art.

Tunde Folawiyo Born on 28 April of 1955 in the city of Johannesburg, Kentridge became educated in the town of Houghton, Johannesburg where he acquired a Bachelor’s degree in African Studies and politics from Witwatersrand’s university. Later, he earned a Fine Arts diploma from Johannesburg’s Art Foundation. During the early part of the 1980s, Kentridge studied both theatre and mine at a theatre institution in Paris. Whilst he had hoped to earn money as an actor, he later expressed he was fortunate to have found his calling as an artist. From the years 1975 to 1991, he took part in both directing and acting for a Johannesburg theatre company.

Kentridge’s work is reminiscent of an expressionist lineage, often manipulating compositions, media and palette to create meaning. Whilst his work contains only a small amount of actual content, viewers are immersed in a somber reality. Several instances of social injustice have been seen throughout Kentridge’s creative works. Casspirs Full of Love, held at New York’s Metropolitan Museum, may appear as simply heads, though citizens( of South African may recognise these as casspirs, vehicles often used in combatting riots.

Not all of Kentridge’s works are as vulnerable. He also creates animated films first constructed by filming drawings. The process entails making changes and filming pictures again and again in order to create the illusion of fluid movement. His willingness to explore the unknown are amongst the painters most renowned talents. Citizens of Africa and those with a great appreciation for African art, like Tunde Folawiyo and millions of others, may regard the many creative works of Kentridge as some of the most beloved in the genre today. They remain amongst the foremost sought-after works in South Africa, one of which garnered a $250,000 sale at a Stephan Welz gallery in Cape Town during 2010. Furthermore, another piece sold for $600,000 in New York during 2011. These instances, along with the esteem he holds throughout the art world, demonstrate the vast impact of Kentridge’s achievements.


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