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Q&A: David Tsoka


When we saw David Tsoka’s impressive linos at No Man’s Art Pop-up Gallery in Cape Town last month, we knew we had to find out more about this talented young South African. When did you realise you wanted to become an artist? I used to collect found objects and re-shape them into sculptures at the age of five. Around the age of 15 when I was in Grade 9, I realised I enjoyed my arts and crafts class more than the other classes. That is when I knew I wanted to be an artist. Which South African artist inspires you the most, and why? Marco Cianfanelli. I like the way he uses ordinary objects and materials like steel and razor wire to create images and public art, for example his Nelson Mandela monumental sculpture portrait located near Howick in KwaZulu-Natal. What do you love about linocuts? Lino gives me the freedom to explore different mark makings. I also like the boldness and the high contrast it gives to images. It makes them visually strong and attractive, and thus hard to ignore. Which one of your works did you enjoy creating most, and why? ‘Obstacles Along The Way’. It’s a very special and personal work. The abstract depictions, marks and shapes represent different happenings in my life. What can we expect to see from your work in 2014? I plan to challenge myself by exploring and experimenting with other forms, mediums and techniques. For more information about David and his work, as well as upcoming exhibitions, visit the Artist Proof Studio’s Facebook page. Interviewed by Lindi Brownell Meiring