Artist-in-Residence, Fikile Maseko, was born in 1962 in Johannesburg.

His father was a driver. Fikile grew up in Dube Village in Soweto. He attended Holy Cross Primary School in Soweto, then moved to Tinana School in the eastern Cape to live with his paternal grandparents.

In 1981, at the age of 19, he attended the Mofolo Art Centre in Soweto for three years. He also studied at the Johannesburg Art Foundation in Saxonwold, in 1989.

He loves the work of sculptor Anton van Wouw, artists Irma Stern, Vladimir Tretchikoff and John Constable.

“I’m happy when I paint,” he says. “I have enjoyed being at Kingsmead a lot, it’s easy to feel at home, because the people at Kingsmead understand what I’m doing and give me courage.”

Fikile still lives in the same house that he grew up in, in Dube Village, Soweto, and says he loves to tend to his garden.

You can see his paintings on various pages throughout the Kingsmead website or in the gallery below. Click on an image to enlarge it and browse through the paintings.