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More about Peter Sibeko

He was born 1940 in Orlando East, Soweto, South Africa. Alhough largely self-taught, Peter Sibeko was inspired to draw and paint by the personages and work of fellow “township” artists Walter Sibeko (father), David Mbele and Soloman Sekhaolelo.  He was also taught by Godfrey Ndoba and Ben Macala in a manner of ‘joint assessment’ and critique as they all struggled to make and sell their work in the dark days of ‘the struggle’.

The broad term  "township art" covered artists’ work that depicted everyday scenes in the shanties and streets of the township.  People about their daily chores, cleaning, cooking and just chatting were captured on board and paper in crayon, charcoal and pastel – whatever came to hand.

Peter soon developed a talent for depicting people by outline - often on a background of sand glued to the paper or board matrix.  In this he was totally distinctive.  He adapted acrylic or oil painting to this technique to give an earthy texture to his works.

Not content with drawing, painting and selling his own work, Peter started The Soweto Art Gallery and was a founder member of F.U.B.A (Federated Union of Black Artists) which was supported by sponsorship in its premises close to the Market Theatre in Johannesburg.

Over time and mostly due to Peter’s persistence, the scope for sales with collectors and through exhibitions has expanded.  Apart from galleries in South Africa, Peter also exhibited in England, U.S.A (Washington and New York), Australia and Mauritius.

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