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Loyiso Mkize

Loyiso Mkize, 31, is a visual artist and creator of one of the country’s most popular superhero comic books, Kwezi.

Kwezi is unique in that it features a lead character that is truly South African. Mkize wanted to create a character that black youngsters could identify with, as a response to the oversaturated comic industry that is dominated by international publications. The comic was created in 2014 when Loyiso was working as an illustrator for the long-running Supa Strikas soccer series, and has captured the imagination of many young South Africans.

Mkize is also an exceptionally talented painter and has a large body of work, in which preservation of the African identity is a clear and shining theme. He has most recently had artwork commissioned by Disney for the release of the film Black Panther.

You can view some of Loyiso’s work here.

Nominated in category: Creativity

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