Join us for light refreshments and the chance to meet this month’s JCPL artist, Kiza Mukandama, and learn more about his work and experiences. The work of Kiza Mukandama will be on display in the JCPL Gallery from February 1 through March 31.
Kiza started drawing from a very tender age of 10 in his native land, the Democratic Republic of Congo. He began painting professionally in 1998 after moving from Congo to South Africa as result of the civil war in the DRC. Over many years, Kiza become one of the bestselling fine artists at Kirstinbosch and also showed his works at the Cape Town Gallery. He was commissioned to produce paintings for private collections, including his commissioned portrait of Nelson Mandela which can be seen today at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in South Africa. Although he has worked with various subjects, he is a specialist of African wildlife and people. His leopards and zebras’ hairs are so accurate that they tempt the viewer to touch and feel them. Through colors and tones and meticulous details, he brings his subjects to life.