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uMdali wezinto/ Multi Disciplinary Artist

Dada Khanyisa, a Joburg raised and Cape Town based artist. Graduate at the Michaelis School of Fine Art. My visual interests are invested in texture and multiple dimensions; as a result I create sculptural paintings and relate-able objects. The objects I speak of include a re-interpreted wall unit, figurines, reconstructed sneakers, digital illustrations and sometimes a tattoo on someone. Visuals I create are centred on people and the habits they adopt to keep themselves busy, fed, warm and happy. My focus on the human condition stems from the various spaces I have called home; these spaces create a multi-faceted diagram of my reality. I understand that I have to greet strangers in rural KZN, keep my phone guarded while in central Joburg and ask a white mate to call the agent if I am looking for accommodation in Cape Town. Most of the work I produce is about the black experience; the weight of the content is based on the currency of memories. I enjoy focusing on what people neglect or take for granted- their daily tasks and what was part of their growing experience. The work acts as a social mirror with some distortions which are fueled by the imagination and a particular agenda.


Represented by the Stevenson Gallery

My instagram page acts as an archive of sorts/ most projects are on there (@dadakhanyisa)



Solo Shows:

Bamb’iphone (click for more)

Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town

22 May-30 June 2018






Group Shows/ Fairs

FNB Art Joburg with Stevenson

13-15 September 2019

Work up: ‘Sund’khotha bhuti’ (I have my own)


Investec Cape Town Art Fair with Stevenson

15-17 February 2019

Work up: Sad in Summer


Miami Art Basel 2018 with Stevenson

6- 9 December 2018

Works up: Queen of Nudes, Kind of Cool and Taking Selfies Religiously



Both And

Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg

7 July – 24 August 2018

Work up: Squad Goals (internet friends are not your real friends)







Investec Cape Town Art Fair with Stevenson

16 – 18 February 2018

Work up: #Untitled (Intimacy)







Art Basel Miami 2017 with Stevenson

7- 10 December 2017

Work up: #Ama wcw







Joburg Art Fair 2017 with Stevenson

8- 10 September 2017

Work up: Yaphel’imali






Disclosure – Group Show

Smac Gallery, Cape Town

12 April- 20 May 2017

Works up: iNkosi Ibenathi in these Polyamorous Streets and Between Sheets + Father Figure






A Painting Today

Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town

6 March – 22 April 2017

Work up: What is This Patriarchy you speak of?






From the Horse’s Mouth – group show

Ebony Gallery, Cape Town

2 March- 14 April 2017

Works up: eBree, Ebumnandini