Manfred Zylla is a German born artist who lived through the ravages of World War II.
He arrived in South Africa in 1970 and became prominent as an artist highly critical of apartheid. A series of woodcuts about the 1976 Soweto uprising, and then the continuous flow of large scale drawings, prints and paintings in the turbulent 1980’s left little doubt as to his political conviction.
During the 1990’s Zylla’s shifted his focus to include issues of global concern. Zylla takes his queue from the media, and his art comments on what is happening around him, on a global scale.
Work on Paper from 1961 – 2005 includes a wide range of woodcuts, etching and paintings on paper.
Of his work he says:
“I use art as a tool to confront reality
I use art as a tool to get to know the world in which I live
And I use art as a tool to experience my own reality within the world in which I live.”
Zylla lives and works in both Germany and South Africa. This exhibition forms part of the 10th German Cultural weeks and is supported by the German Consulate General in Cape Town.
Venue: Erdmann Contemporary, 63 Shortmarket St, Cape Town. Tel: (021) 422 2762
Gallery Hours: Tue - Fri: 10:00am to 5:00pm, Sat: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Duration: 28 Sep - 29 Oct 2005
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