Shabeen (Beer Hall)

Ricky Ayanda Dyaloyi (South African, b. 1974)
Oil, sand on fiberboard
Panel : 7 1/8 x 15 3/4 in. (18.1 x 40.01 cm)
Frame : 8 1/4 x 17 in. (20.96 x 43.18 cm)
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Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton in honor of Dr. Patricia Davidson
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Capetown artist Ricky Dyaloyi came of age just as the Apartheid-era of white rule was ending in South Africa. His paintings typically focus on the daily life of black South Africans, celebrating the culture he lives in every day. As he has explained: “I have the belief that there is a challenge and a responsibility for you as an artist…which is to bring life to life and to take it out of the commonplace and give it meaning. For me it is like bringing truth to oneself—truth about one’s social standing, truth about the abounding space which is South Africa and her history, and truth about the material conditions under which many of our country’s citizens are forced to live.”  


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