RMH believes that there is a strong correlation between the investment process and the creation of a piece of art. We selected Sizwe Khoza as our artist of the year. His works are featured on the RMH website and in our communication to shareholders.
Sizwe was born in Mozambique two years before the end of the Civil War and moved to South Africa in 1995. He matriculated in 2010 from Nkumbulo Comprehensive School and also attended Saturday classes at the Artist Proof Studio. Sizwe graduated from the Artist Proof Studio in 2012 and was offered a residency at the William Humphrey Art Gallery in Kimberly under the mentorship of the late Dumisani Mabaso. He was then offered an internship at the Artist Proof Studio in 2014 and started to teach printmaking for first and second year students full-time.
Sizwe travels to Mozambique twice a year to take photographs and on returning, creates new works inspired by his visit home. He specialises in painting, monotype and combined printmaking techniques, and recently exhibited at the Artist Proof Studio and other galleries.
“My work started as a comparison between a game of chess and my background. We hear mostly about the king and how it should be protected, and we tend to forget all other pieces and their meaning. Two pieces I focused on in the past years have been the queen and pawns with the absence of the king. Each piece moves in its unique and special way; a king can only move one step/block at a time, whereas a queen can move as many blocks as possible and pawns are sacrificed. I feel that in protecting the king, we are protecting a useless piece.
I recently introduced other pieces as people who played a major role around me (pieces) playing a protective role in the game. I focus on portraits to tell the story from the eyes and facial expressions. I use monotypes as a way to express the fact that life itself never repeats, but the actions, the things that happen, do repeat almost as a rhyme and, as in the game of chess, you can’t make the same move twice. The game will be played again and again, and similar actions and consequences will be reiterated.”