Dathini Mzayiya


Born in 1979, Dathini Mzayiya is currently working at the Bag factory Artist Studios in Fordsburg, Johannesburg. A former artist in residence at the Factory Of the Arts (FOA), a project of the Centre for Humanities Research at University of Western Cape (UWC) and at Greatmore Artist Studios in Woodstock, Cape Town. He graduated at the Community Arts Project (CAP) in Advanced Programme in Visual Arts, Woodstock, Cape Town in 2001.

Since then, he has participated in projects and exhibited his artworks internationally including in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Scotland, Ethiopia, Liberia, Kenya and Uganda. In his expressive approach generally inspired by everyday life, Mzayiya employs diverse mediums including Charcoal Drawings, Oil and Acrylic Paint, Film and Video Installations, Audio Visual Performance and Sculpture.

Dathini is a founding member of various arts Institutions and organisations including the Factory of the Arts at Centre for Humanities Research, University of Western Cape; Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA); Africa South Arts Initiative, CitySkin, a public space design firm and GUGULECTIVE artist collective. Selected Artworks and Projects ‘The Cask Makers’ 2009 Mixed Medium on steamed cask wood Glenfiddich Distillery Collection, Glasgow in Scotland ‘Prince Edmund Sandile Gonya’ 2010 ‘Untitled Portrait’ 2011 Mixed Medium on goat skin Mixed Medium on buckskin Artist Collection ‘The Radio’ 2013 Charcoal and Inks on fabriano paper Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) collection, Guinea ‘Man on the bench’ 2006 Mixed medium on canvas Private collection ‘Untitled Education’ 2017 ‘Athlone in Mind’- An exhibition a meeting of the Consortium for Humanities Centres and Institutes Cape (UWC) and University of Cape Town (UCT)’.

Private Collection ‘GQWAH!’2010 Mixed Medium on board Design Indaba Collection ‘Itsha Ntliziyo’ 2005 Mixed Medium on brown card Private collection ‘Spider Kid on glue’ 2011 Mixed medium on canvas Private collection ‘The Wedding of Irhata nePhara-phara’ 2013 Charcoal and mixed medium on fabriano paper Private Collection Collective Projects and Mural Paint ‘Logan the dog’ 2011 Water paint on wall ‘All Adidas Originals’ A street art project funded by Adidas in Woodstock, Cape Town and in Soweto, Johannesburg ‘Khayelitsha 1985’ 2011 Mixed medium on a shipping container Artist collection ‘Choc’ 2011 (print) GUGULECTIVE COLLECTION ‘A Portrait of Chuma’ 2018 Musidrawology Project- audio visual live performance Artist collection