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Hailing from Vryheid, in KwaZulu-Natal, Sibiya became a private pupil of Cecil Skotnes and was based in Soweto.

Sibiya was best known for his painted woodcut panels, cut in shallow relief and embellished with paint, rendering the panels as finished objects in themselves. Over time, his inclination led him to carve rather than engrave these panels - making his work increasingly three-dimensional. He also experimented with mixed media and found objects - including clothing, rusting metal, and leather and often sculpted in bone, wood and metal. His subject matter was partly inspired by his father’s work as a sangoma. Figures engaged in various activities, and a system of abstract symbols became a recognisable characteristic of his work.



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Caging the lions at sunset,
carved and painted wood panel, 60 x 81cm, 1988
Wayne Cahill Barker   Gerhard Harald Batha   Walter Whall Battiss   Deborah Margaret Bell   Bongi Bengu   Willie Bester
Peter John Bonney   Willem Hendrik Adriaan Boshoff   Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi   Norman Catherine   Erika Hibbert   Phillemon Hlungwani
Robert Griffiths Hodgins   William Kentridge   John Kramer   Speelman Mahlangu   Colbert Mashile   Clare Menck
John Mark Moore   Zwelethu Mthethwa and Sam Nhlengethwa   Olbie Olberholzer   Walter Oltmann   Milwa Mnyaluza George Pemba   Uwe Pfaff
Karin Preller   Dan Rakgoathe   Albert Redelinghuys   Jürgen Schadeberg   Lucky Sibiya   Jaco Sieberhagen
Lionel Smit   Richard John Smith   Angus Taylor   Alfred Thoba   Andrew Verster   Edoardo Villa