Loyiso Mkize is a South African designer and fine artist who got his start in comics as an illustrator for the long-running Supa Strikas soccer series. He has since founded his own visual arts and communication company, Loyiso Mkize Art (Pty), which is responsible for publishing his energetic South African superhero comic book, Kwezi (‘star’ in Xhosa and Zulu) which follows the tale of a teenage boy as he discovers his superhuman abilities amid the daily hustle of the fictional Gold City – a modern metropolis inspired by Johannesburg.
Mkize has brought much-needed diversity to comics, where, as the artist explains, young South Africans have never had a superhero with which they share appearance, language, experience and environment. Through his project, Mkize is exploring both the power of comics, as well as their ability to empower.
Mkize also paints as a method of documenting his ideas. His subjects are generally African, and his focus is to explores the complex nature that makes up this modern man, his environment, predisposition and culture.
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