Andile Dyalvane creates signature classics by bringing the traditional and modern together. Staying true to his roots by creatively re-interpreting his cultural heritage, he works with original surface treatments where clay ‘’flesh’ is artistically cut open to resemble body scarification used as a body adornment.
Heavily influenced by Picasso, his inventive style is simple and his colour usage reflective of various aspects of Xhosa tradition.
He has come a long way from his small hometown in the rural Eastern Cape and is one of the creative directors and co-owners of Imiso Ceramics based in The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock.
Before making his name in 2003 with a solo exhibition at the Irma Stern Museum in Cape Town, he studied at Sivuyile Technical College in Gugulethu and at the Port Elizabeth Technikon.
In the USA he has taken part in a collective ceramic exhibition entitled Conversations, and a follow up, entitled Silent Earth at NYC‘s Amaridian Art Gallery in 2011 and collaborated with West Elm. In South Africa he’s participated in a solo exhibition at Winchester Mansions, collaborated with Ngwenya Glass of Swaziland at the Design Indaba Expo, exhibited at Kalk Bay Modern Gallery and in the select Adelaide Tambo Collection that honours one of South Africa’s best know liberation struggle icons.
Chosen as one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans, he has won prestigious accolades over the past 13 years, such as Design Icon and Master Crafter award from the Cape Craft and Design Institute, and an Elle Decoration International Design award.
His partner is the talented ceramicist and textile designer Zizipho Poswa, who participated in the Top Drawer exhibition in London in 2011 with the help of the Cape Craft and Design Institute and whose range of pinch pots is garnering a following amongst collectors and those who appreciate original, quirky and asymmetrical designs.
They are currently building their Imiso brand, extending to home decor and textiles while Andile is taking his Africasso collection to new heights.
For more information about Andile Dyalvane, see the Hand Eye 09 Fall 2012, pages 26/7