WHAT ART IS, FOR ARTISTS
By: Londiwe Gumede
Art is dynamic and speaks volumes, but still doesn’t have a voice. Art is an international language that doesn’t have one definition.
When asking different artists what they consider art and how they make a living out of creativity, more than one answer surfaced.
Ciko Ngidi, popularly known as iCiko Da Art around Durban, has made a name for himself through a different form of art- poetry.
Born and bred in farmlands near Jolvet, Ngidi performs and writes poetry as well as short stories. He understands art as a way of expressing himself. His work advocates for many issues faced by society.
Ngidi said,” All parents want the best for their children and mine finally saw that this art makes me happy and does pay the bills.”
Ngidi says poetry should be a passion.
Art is versatile and needs to evoke emotion. Poetry, songs and films are produced to make the audience feel or relate to the.
Nkandla born Bongani Khanyile, has fulfilled his childhood dreams of being an international artist. Khanyile studied at the BAT Centre and ended up doing his bachelor’s degree in fine art, at the Durban University of Technology.
Khanyile, who is skilled in painting, sculpture making, insulation art and more, sees art as communication through visuals.
His accomplishments include his apprenticeship in China, which he obtained by drawing China’s great philosopher, Confucius. He is listed as one of the top seven nationally renowned artists, sponsored by Sasol. Mhlonishwa Chiliza, Khanyile’s friend and co-worker, said that it is hard work and dedication that got Khanyile where he is.